I’m not going to claim I had a hideous closet and couldn’t find the clothes packed inside. What I do know is I have the worst time getting rid of something I do not wear. You just *never* know when you *might* need that black blouse or multicolored sweater last worn a decade ago. Besides, it’s in great condition! Like new! Ugh, does this sound like you? If so, you need to do what I did – take back control and tackle your closet and dresser using the KonMari method.
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Where to begin?
Spark Joy. These two little words sound silly at first, but they really pack a punch. I had heard about the KonMari around Instagram and Twitter and had no idea what it meant. Then I finally broke down and started reading about the KonMari method from Marie Kondo’s book. This was so handy to read on the go and perfect to reference on everything KonMari. (I got my book on Amazon). However, I still lacked the motivation to really do anything about my closet. Then one afternoon I started watching her show on Netflix, and after one episode I really was hooked.
Don’t forget about her amazing website to inspire you – so be certain to reference this as well if you need that little boost of motivation to keep going! I also found her YouTube channel to be a great help (especially when learning the folding!).
So, now you know what to read, what to watch, where to go for inspiration to start your own project. Let’s get started.
This is daunting. Staring at ALL your clothes in your closet and dresser knowing you are supposed to dump them all on your bed. I probably prepped that bed ready to “dump” all my clothes on it at least three times. Each time I chickened out and found something else to do. But then, I finally took the leap and did it.
So, once you start there is really no turning back unless you have a spare bed to sleep on (I did not). I wish I could tell you I started this early on a Saturday morning but pretty certain it was late in the day on a Sunday. If getting to bed before midnight isn’t a motivator, I really don’t know what else is! Thankfully, once you get started everything moves pretty fast.
The goal (according to the Netflix show, book and YouTube videos) is to pick up EACH piece of clothing. Ask yourself if the piece of clothing brings you joy. If it does, you keep it. If it does not, you thank the piece of clothing for its service and place it in the donation pile. I added a step of trying on each piece of clothing to make certain it brought joy both holding the items and wearing the items (many didn’t make the second cut).
Of course, I use a lot of hangers in general but was amazed at the number of hangers I had leftover AFTER I sorted through the big pile. I had way too many clothes I never wore. So, away they went, to bring joy to someone else.
I still had a dresser to tackle, and sweatshirts and sweaters that I stored in the closet to organize. This is where the folding technique came in. And the storage bins. I love IKEA products and found some bins that worked perfectly for my storage needs. I watched her YouTube channel quite a bit to make certain I had the technique down pat, and once I did folding was a breeze.
The fun part of each step (spark joy, return the happy clothes to the closet and dresser) was the end result. I could see ALL my clothes. I could access all my clothes. The bins on the upper shelf of my closet were so much better than having the clothes stacked on top of each other. Before, when I pulled on things down, almost every time they all fell down.
So…have I stuck with it? I mean *really* stuck with it? Folding and returning clothing to where they belong? Not keeping items that did not bring me joy?
YES! That is the exciting part! Once it is all done (and it took me most of Sunday, part of Monday evening and then Tuesday). Totally worth every minute of the process!
Don’t delay! Please don’t feel like you have to tackle everything in your home at once! I started with my clothes, and while I have no intention of tackling the boy’s rooms, my next goal will be both bathrooms. While it seems like an insurmountable task, I cannot wait to see how it turns out!