Get Ready … Get Set …


  • The proposal. Check.
  • The wedding. Check.
  • The complete blending of two lives, including all the stuff. Don’t check.


Why does he refuse to get rid of his holey, grass-stained jeans from his college days?

Although more and more couples live together prior to getting married, each couple faces that moment where they must blend two households’ worth of stuff into one residence.

While sometimes this is a good thing – two sets of cooking utensils and more movies for your DVD collection – sometimes it is a bad thing.

Suddenly you can’t get away from those items in your significant other’s life that you really can’t stand. (After all, they can no longer hide clothes in the bottom of a drawer or in the now-communal dirty clothes hamper.)

Here is some advice on the items in your man’s wardrobe you should take a stand against, and those you should really leave alone. So read this list, and then march him down to the men’s clothing section and help him out.

This might hurt him more than it will hurt you.


Toss – Worn out jeans

Your guy might not be James Bond, but he sure does clean up nice – which is why you can’t understand why he refuses to get rid of his holey, grass-stained jeans from his college days.

Give him a little sympathy, and then when his back is turned, throw them in the donation bin and replace with a dark pair of relaxed fit jeans.

Prepare to repeat the cycle in 5 years when the new pair begins to look like the old pair.


Keep – High school prom tux

While it’s illogical, and while he might not be able to fit into it anymore, looking at his high school tux reminds him of that slightly awkward but overly confident guy he was back in the day.

And looking at the tux will inevitably lead to him looking at his high school yearbook.

Which will inevitably lead to looking at your high school yearbook.

Which will inevitably lead to laughter at the size of your hair.


Toss – Holey socks and underwear

His socks are essentially leg warmers due to the number of holes in the toe, and his underwear is unintentionally inappropriate, but for some reason he holds onto his undergarments like a medieval maiden holds onto a chastity belt.

Maybe somewhere in the recesses of his mind he thinks socks still get darned.

Maybe he has forgotten how uncomfortable they actually are.

Whatever the reason, throw out the underwear, cut up the socks and introduce him to a whole new world.


Keep – Sports jerseys (all 200 of them)

Sports jerseys are the male equivalent of scrapbooks.

Each one has a story – ones of joy and ones of sorrow.

You wouldn’t want him to sort through your photographs and delete any that were of the same people or of the same event.

So let him keep his jerseys, if only because they can be really comfortable as sleep shirts for you.


You Know Best Of All

You know more than anyone else what needs to go and what items hold an important place in your beau’s heart.

So, sort and donate with reckless abandon.

Just keep in mind that tearing through his closet and drawers allows him to do the same to yours – so start preparing your case for why you should be able to keep your ex-boyfriend’s baseball tee because that one will be a battle.


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Suzanne is a freelance fashion writer who has made a New Year’s resolution to take chances on skinny jeans.

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