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No guy enjoys doing housework chores, but a clean house is an essential part of being a stylish man.

But here’s the thing – your idea of clean is probably very different from your wife’s idea of clean. Sure, you understand the importance of vacuuming and dusting regularly. But polishing the door handles to a mirror finish? You’ve got to be kidding me!

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I’d never tell you to lie to your wife… trust me, she’ll know when you do. However, there are ways to get around doing those pointless chores so you can focus on what really matters.

In today’s article, we’re covering the secret tips for men on avoiding pointless housework chores.

Let’s do this.

  1. Only Vacuum Spaces You Can See
  2. Dust Surfaces At Eye Level And Below
  3. Tell Her You Did When You Didn’t
  4. Pay Someone Else To Do It
  5. Ask Your Neighbors
  6. Bonus

#1 Only Vacuum Spaces You Can See

man vacuuming carpet doing housework chores

Let’s face it, doing housework chores is not most men’s idea of fun.

In fact, many men would go to great lengths to avoid vacuum cleaning altogether. However, there are some very good reasons why a man should at least consider vacuuming on a regular basis.

It doesn’t matter how stylish you dress and how well-groomed you are, if your guests see the filth on your floor then they’ll just think you’re a slob. But does this mean you need to vacuum your house every evening after work?

Of course not.

When it comes to vacuuming, my advice is to spend more time on the more visible areas of your house and only do a ‘complete vacuum’ once every week or two.

After all, your guests are only going to see the parts of your house that they can actually see! Unless you’ve got some really weird friends, they’re not going to be looking under your sofa to try and spot the dust bunnies.

I like to call this a ‘top-up vacuum’. Identify the areas of your place that need a quick spruce up and spend 30 minutes working on those. When you have more time at the weekend, that’s when you can really get into the smaller spaces are make your whole house sparkling clean.

Today’s article is sponsored by Narwal Vacuum and Mop – a robot cleaner that takes the hassle out of doing housework chores.

Let’s be honest – sometimes we’re just too busy to vacuum and mop our floors. The answer? Narwal’s Robot Vacuum and Self-Cleaning Mop – it vacuums and mops hard flooring and eliminates stains and wet spots with ease.

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#2 Dust Surfaces At Eye Level And Below

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Many people think that doing housework chores is a necessary evil. They believe that it’s important to keep the dust bunnies at bay, but they don’t necessarily see the point in going above and beyond to achieve a spotless home.

However, there are actually several good reasons to dust your house on a regular basis. For one thing, dust can cause allergies and respiratory problems. It can also lead to headaches, fatigue, and difficulty concentrating.

In addition, dust can damage furniture and electronics. So even if you’re not particularly fond of housework, it’s important to dust your whole house at least once a week to protect your health and your belongings.

However, if you’ve got some pals coming over and want to make your place look nice, chances are you won’t need to spend much time on any surfaces above the average guy’s eye level.

After all, you just want the place to look nice for the guys, so doing a whole house dusting session isn’t going to be necessary. Instead, just dust surfaces at eye level and below. This will take care of the majority of the dust in your house and will only take you a few minutes to do!

Focus on:

  1. Coffee tables
  2. Shelves
  3. Sideboards
  4. Tv Units
  5. Kitchen counters

Essentially, anywhere your pals are likely to lean or rest their drinks! You can leave the rest for the big clean at the weekend.

#3 Tell Her You Did When You Didn’t 

women instructing man to clean

If you’re in a relationship (or have ever been in one) then I don’t have to tell you that some women can get pretty obsessed with the little details in the home.

Let me tell you a story. My buddy once dated someone who would insist he polished every single doorhandle throughout his house. She gave him a buffing cloth and a jar of grease and expected a mirror finish by the end of the day.

But here’s the thing – as soon as one of his kids touched the polished door handle, he had to go back and re-buff the metal. Honestly, I felt for the guy.

As any guy would, he got fed up pretty quickly. So he decided to run an experiment.

When asked, he would polish one door handle in front of his partner. Once she left him to it, he’d simply relax and not polish anymore. After about an hour, he’d say he’d polished them all and he was good to move on to the next job of the day.

Did his partner notice? Not once.

My point is this – some things are worth spending time on and some aren’t.

Is it a good idea to lie to your partner? No. You should be truthful and talk about your issues instead of lying about them.

However, if she refuses to listen and it’s about something that really isn’t all that important. A little white lie here and there can save a lot of arguments and frustration. It sounds harsh, I know, but that’s just a reality.

#4 Pay Someone Else To Do It

gardner trimming hedge

It doesn’t matter how we feel about doing household chores, there’s always that one job that we absolutely hate.

It differs from man to man, but I can guarantee every guy reading this can think of one household chore that he wishes would simply disappear. For me, it’s mowing my lawn when it’s really hot outside.

Don’t get me wrong, I’ll do the job nearly all year round without any complaints. But in the midst of August when the sun is blazing and the temperatures are at their peak, I just can’t stand the sweat and aggravation that comes with mowing my own lawn.

The solution? I pay a professional landscaping company to do the job for me once a year. At the start of August, they come and cut my lawn, level out any uneven patches, and make my whole yard shine. Which is great, because it’s around August that I start throwing garden parties and BBQ cookouts for my friends and neighbors.

For only a few hundred bucks, these guys do a far better job than I ever could. Would I pay for their service all year round? Of course not – a man should be comfortable mowing his own lawn! However, to get my yard ready for BBQ season, I don’t mind spending the cash to up my yard game to the next level.

Pro Tip: When contacting a landscaping company, be very specific when telling them what you need. Getting your lawn cut is like visiting the barbers, the more specific you are, the better the results.

#5 Ask Your Neighbors

neighbors talking

Why pay for a landscaper when your next-door neighbor runs a landscaping business?

Let me clear this up straight away – am I saying you should beg your neighbor for a handout? Absolutely not.

However, if you’re friendly with your neighbors and have a skill that you could trade for theirs, then this can be a great way of avoiding doing housework chores you hate while helping a friend in return.

Let’s say your neighbor owns a landscaping business and you paint walls for a living. He’s got a house to decorate and your yard looks like trash.

Do you see where I’m going with this? Offer to paint his walls if he helps you maintain your yard over the summer! Surely that’s a no-brainer, right?

Who knows, a friendly agreement between neighbors could develop into a great friendship. Chances are you’ll grab a few beers after helping one another out, right? Sometimes it’s hard to get to know your neighbors, so what better way to get the ball rolling than to share your skillset and help one another out?

Bonus: How Can Doing Housework Chores Make You More Attractive?

man cleaning oven

It’s no secret that women love a man who can do chores around the house.

After all, there’s nothing more attractive than a man who is self-sufficient and can take care of himself and his home.

But why is this?

  • First, it shows that you are capable and competent. You know how to take care of yourself and your home, and you’re not afraid to get your hands dirty.
  • Second, it shows that you aren’t afraid of hard work. You’re happy to roll up his sleeves and do what needs to be done.
  • Third, it shows you’re happy to take on responsibility. You’re not afraid to take on the tasks that need to be done in order to keep your home running smoothly.

When a man does chores around the house, it shows that he cares about the people who live there and wants to make sure they are happy and comfortable. Being happy to help out around the house is a sure-fire way to present yourself as emotionally mature and physically competent.

What more could your woman want?

How about a guy who wants to better himself? Check out my guide to books that’ll help you become the man you know yourself to be.

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As much as you won’t like hearing this, you’re probably wearing your watch wrong.

It’s not your fault; you may have never been taught how to wear a watch properly. After all, there is more than one way to wear a watch.

But how do you know which way is the right way?

Don’t worry, gents; as always, I’ve got you covered. I’m here with the best way to wear your favorite timepiece properly and look as stylish as ever.

In today’s article, I’ll be covering:

  1. Origins Of The Wrist Watch
  2. What Wrist Do You Wear A Watch On?
  3. Should You Wear Your Watch Facing Inward Or Outward?
  4. The Stylish Way To Wear A Watch

#1 Origins Of The Wrist Watch

old watches

When it comes to wearing a watch correctly, it’s important to note why the wristwatch came about in the first place.

Dating back to the 1800s, the first watches modified to be worn on the wrist were primarily worn by women as accessories. One of the earliest was created by Patek Philippe as a fashion accessory.

At the start of the 20th century, watchmakers became intrigued about using a wrist-worn timepiece for men in the military. They believed it would help them tell time quickly while on the battlefield.

Watchmakers started modifying pocket watches to fit on a bracelet worn on the wrist. Men would not wear the first iteration of the modern wristwatch until well into the 20th century.

Then developed as a ‘trench watch’ for military use, the earliest wrist watches offered something the pocket watch didn’t have – convenience.

After the wristwatch became less of a fashion accessory and more of a functional tool, watchmakers would spend the next century modifying them into the modern wristwatches we enjoy today.

#2 What Wrist Do You Wear A Watch On?

man wears watch

The age-old question: what wrist to wear a watch on? The answer – it depends.

The reason it depends is that since the creation of the wristwatch, men have mostly worn their watch on their non-dominant wrist. And since most people are right-handed, you would wear your watch on your left wrist.

But this isn’t always the correct answer. You may want to wear your watch on the right wrist if you are left-handed. But you may also want to wear it on your dominant hand.

So how do you know for sure?

The most significant benefit of wearing your watch on your non-dominant hand is that you can quickly put the watch on and navigate the dial more efficiently than with your non-dominant hand.

Wearing your watch on your non-dominant hand is less likely to damage the watch as you tend to do more with your dominant hand. If you were to wear it on your dominant hand, you’re more likely to scratch or ding the watch than on your non-dominant hand.

So the rule of thumb here is to wear your watch on your non-dominant hand for the best way to navigate and protect your watch.

#3 Should You Wear Your Watch Facing Inward Or Outward?

watch facing inside

The next question is, why would a man wear his watch facing inward on his wrist instead of outward?

This trend is seen primarily in individuals who need to check their watch frequently and in the most efficient way possible. Among the many reasons you should wear a watch, one of the most common is to support you in your profession.

You will see men in the military do this, as it’s easier and prevents sun glare better than when it’s on the outside of the wrist. It also offers faster convenience to other tools on the watch in addition to the time.

Another reason you may want to wear your watch facing inward is that it can help protect your watch from scratches and dings. Again, this is just a preference.

But you’re a stylish guy looking for the best way to wear his watch. What should you do?

The answer here is to wear it facing outward, as that is the most common way to wear a wristwatch. It shows off your timepiece that you love while also still being functional.

Unless you’re in a profession where you need to check your watch quickly while managing other tasks, the best way is to have your watch facing outward. After all, you probably didn’t spend money on that beautiful timepiece to hide its character.

#4 The Stylish Way To Wear A Watch

stylish watch

Now it’s time to find out exactly how to wear a watch in the most stylish way a guy can.

Assuming you’ve selected the right size watch for your wrist, the first thing you want to do is figure out if you’ll be wearing your watch on your right or left wrist.

As mentioned above, traditionally, the watch is worn on your non-dominant wrist. So if you’re right-handed, this means wearing your watch on your left wrist. For left-handed guys, this means your right wrist.

After you figure that out, it’s quite easy. The first thing you want to do is locate your wrist bone.

You want to wear your watch face up just above your wrist bone. If done correctly, your watch should slightly peek out from under the cuffs of your shirt when wearing long sleeves.

Next, you want to tighten the strap so it’s loose enough to be comfortable. You don’t want it so loose it can spin freely around your wrist. You also don’t want it too tight, or it will feel uncomfortable, especially when you bend your wrist.

After doing this correctly, you’ll be wearing a watch in the most stylish way possible.

There you have it, gents.

Now you no longer have to worry about wearing your watch incorrectly.

There is more than one way to wear a watch, so find what’s most comfortable for you personally, and rock your favorite timepiece accordingly.

If you want to take your watch knowledge to the next level, check out this article I wrote about the difference between quartz and mechanical watches.

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Fall Capsule Wardrobe Preparation (Buy Now and Get $$$)

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We’ve all been there – fall comes around, and you open your closet only to find you have nothing but polos and shorts.

So what’s a stylish guy to do? Pay a premium to build an entire fall wardrobe last minute? Sure, if you’re loaded. But not every guy is that lucky!

Don’t worry; as ever, I’ve got you covered. In today’s article, I’ll show you how to get the best bang for your buck when building your fall capsule wardrobe.

We’ll be covering:

  1. What Are The Advantages Of A Capsule Wardrobe?
  2. How Do You Build A Fall Capsule Wardrobe?
  3. Where Can You Find Deals On Fall Clothing?
  4. What Are The Best Fall Capsule Wardrobe Essentials?

#1 What Are The Advantages Of A Capsule Wardrobe?

man in closet

One of the most common headaches guys run into in their closet is having too many clothing options to choose from but not enough of the right options.

While more options aren’t bad, they can be overwhelming, especially when you rarely wear most items. This is where building a capsule wardrobe comes into play.

A capsule wardrobe is a limited selection of clothing items that complement each other. This means you can buy a smaller selection of items and create a larger number of outfits.

This is crucial to understand because most guys don’t have an unlimited budget for buying clothes. A capsule wardrobe allows you to purchase and use items frequently with little redundancy.

But where do you start in building your fall capsule wardrobe?

#2 How Do You Build A Fall Capsule Wardrobe?

fall clothing items

After you have put together the perfect capsule wardrobe, you can start to add a few fall-specific items. This is done by adding a few staple pieces that complement what you already have.

For most, fall offers mild temperatures mixed with slightly warmer temperatures.

This means that layering will be of the utmost importance because you may leave the house needing a jacket, but it might be warm enough by midday to sport only the t-shirt underneath.

Start with the basics when building your fall capsule wardrobe and add pieces accordingly.

Keep It Simple

man wearing coat

Fall is primetime for layering, so you only need a few outer layers and should focus more on the innermost layers.

You want to make sure that interchangeability is at the top of your list when it comes to your wardrobe. Everything should complement each other for ease of use.

With that said, having a few staples and adding additional items as you change seasons is essential.

For this reason, ensure you have the following items in your fall capsule wardrobe:

  • A dark three-piece suit 
  • A light-colored tweed blazer
  • A leather bomber or biker jacket
  • An overcoat (dark or light)
  • A formal button-up shirt (white)
  • 2 casual button-up shirts (flannel or chambray, you choose)
  • 2 sweaters (1 shawl, 1 crew neck)
  • 2 t-shirts (1 white, 1 black,)
  • 2 pairs of Jeans (1 dark, 1 light)
  • 2 pairs of slacks/chinos (1 dark, 1 light)
  • 2 belts (1 black, 1 brown)
  • 1 pair of black dress shoes
  • 1 pair of brown oxfords (leather or suede, you decide)
  • 1 pair of sneakers (plain white or brown)
  • 1 pair of military boots (black or brown)

When it comes to accessories like watches, scarves, or gloves, you can use what you have as most men won’t need all of them, so I won’t count them in.

#3 Where Can You Find Deals On Fall Clothing?

clothing on sale

As it is the middle of summer, fall will be approaching quickly.

Now is a great time to snag up some of last year’s sale items at department stores as they usually have sales on previous season items. By now, most men aren’t thinking about what to wear in the fall.

While you still might be able to find good deals on last year’s fall items, it’s usually the most optimal time to purchase these items after the season has ended. This is when retailers try hard to clear space and make room for the next season’s clothing.

When they do this, it is a great time to get excellent deals on items that have just gone out of season.

Another great option to buy men’s clothing is online at your favorite retailers, as they will often have sales and discounts on items they have in their online inventory but are not yet in prime season.

The most expensive items in your fall capsule wardrobe are the ones you want to focus on, as you can often save a significant amount of money out of season for them.

These big ticket items include:

  • Your dark three-piece suit and blazer
  • Overcoats and jackets
  • Dress shoes and sneakers
  • Boots

These items will be some of the most expensive items and can be found discounted out of season. Put these at the forefront of your fall capsule wardrobe search.

#4 What Are The Best Fall Capsule Wardrobe Essentials?

man shopping for clothes

You want to adhere to a few staples when building your fall capsule wardrobe.

Since fall weather can vary, layering will be essential. These few items are crucial as mainstays that can be layered with other items within your wardrobe.

For example, if you experience a rather chilly day in fall and need to wear a suit, an overcoat is essential as that outermost layer because you can simply remove it when you no longer need it.

When it comes to the concept of layering within your fall capsule wardrobe, you want to make sure you nail these following items.

Overcoats

man wearing overcoat

Having a good overcoat to complement your fall capsule wardrobe is crucial.

The overcoat acts as the outermost layer and will be removed whenever you go indoors. This makes for a great option as you can wear it with anything as it offers excellent versatility.

When searching for the perfect overcoat, it’s essential to know your size as they usually come in sizes of suit jackets, not regular sizing. After you’ve nailed the size, focus on color.

Dark-colored overcoats tend to be the most versatile. However, a light camel color can work as well. Stay away from patterns with overcoats as the goal is to be as versatile as possible.

Leather Jackets

leather jackets

A good leather jacket goes a long way. You can choose a leather biker jacket or a leather bomber; it’s your call.

Biker jackets can be slightly harder to pull off as most of the time, they will have a larger and more aggressive collar, but they still look great.

A leather bomber jacket is an excellent option because it looks great on all body types and often has more options than biker jackets.

For color, opt for black or dark brown, as that gives you the most versatility with other items in your fall capsule wardrobe.

Sweaters

man wearing sweater

Sweaters are to fall, what t-shirts are for summer. This means they are a critical piece as they are season specific and offer great versatility when it comes to layering.

So how do you find the perfect sweater?

You want options, so have a couple of different collar choices to give yourself the most bang for your buck.

Having a shawl neck sweater and a crew neck sweater ensures you have all your bases covered.

Make sure you choose neutral tones such as greys, creams, and tans for color. This ensures maximum versatility with other items within your wardrobe and gives you the most options.

That’s it, gents.

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The Best Zara Fragrances

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We all know of Zara and I’m pretty sure the majority of us own at least one piece from them, but I’m not here to talk about their reasonably priced clothing, I’m here for their fragrance.

Not quite a hidden gem but I don’t feel that they vast range and high quality fragrance that they create is given enough air time, I’m about to change that. The fragrance game is massive at the moment, everyone from the big fashion houses all the way to footballers have a scent on the market and they all carry a hefty price tag, with some of the bigger hitters asking in excess of

£100 for 50ml.

Zara clearly understand the need for a great fragrance but also appreciate not everything has to be overly expensive. I’ve been lucky enough to sample my fair share over the years and wanted to share with you what I feel are some of their strongest.

Tobacco Collective 100ml – £16.99

This is one of my absolute favourites, it works perfectly as an everyday scent. The initial smell is strong and masculine but with undertones of vanilla bourbon help to soften it slightly.

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For Him 100ml – £22.99

My current daily spray, its warm, modern and intense. It just so happens to be the perfect blend of three of my favourite scents, bergamot, cardamom and sandalwood. It’s strong yet light, never over powering and leaves a wonderful trail.

Florence 100ml – £16.24

Summer calls for a fresh fragrance and I cannot recommend this highly enough, its light, fresh and citrus scent is perfectly for those warmer days. Notes of black pepper, strawberry and guaiac wood allow this scent to sit gently on the skin with offending the noses of those around you.

Written by Tom Loughran

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