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These days there are plenty of articles on doing more with less—especially fewer clothes. But keeping your closet relatively lean is often the smarter choice—not just because you’ll have money left over, but because it’s easier and more satisfying.

If you’re like me, you occasionally stand in front of your closet surveying what you have to work with, or you mentally tabulate which items would make a smashing combination with a new green jacket. Of course you could always invest in some wardrobe management software, but you’ll have to spend time taking pictures of every single thing, uploading them, and then clicking through all the possible combinations. Studies show that consumers are paralyzed by too many choices.