According to the dictionary, synchronicity occurs when two things happen, exist, or arise at precisely the same time.
Saturday I got fed up with the amount of clothing in my closet. I'm not a clothes horse by any means, but by all means, I'm a garage sale addict. That means I've wound up with too much clothing in my closet that I bought on the cheap.
I decided to try an experiment. I took more than half of my clothing out and folded it into large Rubbermaid totes, then had Shane carry the totes down to the basement (a tote full of jeans is HEAVY).
As I did this, I explained to him that I'd read more than once that most people only wear 20% of their clothing in a regular rotation, leaving the rest to be worn only occasionally, if ever.
An hour or so later, my free copy of Frugillionaire by Francine Jay came in the mail. (Click here for my quick review of the book.). I had to laugh as I thumbed through the book and landed on Tip No. 176. Here's what Francine Jay wrote:
176: Remember the 80/20 ruleHow's that for timing. She goes on to explain how paying heed to the 80/20 rule can save money. For me, it was mostly about saving space. My closet was packed and I was having trouble finding what I wanted.
According to the 80/20 rule (otherwise known as the Pareto principle*), we wear 20% of our clothes 80% of the time. That means the majority of our clothes languish in our closets, rarely worn....
I'm not getting rid of those clothes just yet. They fit and are in basic -- not trendy -- styles, so I'll be able to wear them when something currently in my closet gets stained, worn beyond repair or just too tiresome to me. I'm loving the extra space in my closet, too.
What do you think? Does the 80/20 rule apply to you and your clothing? Do you think you could get buy with half as many clothes as you have now?