Can you believe we are already halfway through the year?! June is rebuild your life month and a great time to revisit your goals you set for the year to check your progress. If you had a goal of getting organized and haven’t made much progress, now is a great time to get started!
It’s been three years since the world was taken over by Marie Kondo and her method of decluttering and organizing. Some people swear by her techniques while others find them a bit extreme. I find myself falling right in the middle of it. I believe she has some techniques that work really well such as folding clothes where some are a bit extreme like talking to your home objects.
Over the next few weeks I will be revisiting the series I did about her methods and techniques. The first week was dedicated to clothes. Here are the techniques I still use today:
- Asking myself if an item “sparks joy”, I’ve actually changed it to “do I really love this item?”
- Storing clothes vertically in the drawer.
Here are the techniques that didn’t work out:
- Organizing clothes from light to dark. I prefer using the rainbow system, I think it looks prettier and is easier to find things.
- Not having “seasonal clothing”. Living in Northern California during the summer months is hot, really hot. To me, it doesn’t make sense to have sweaters still out when they are not going to be used. I keep out a few cardigans but stored away the rest.
Original Post: October 2015
I finally got a hold of The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying-Up! After picking it up, I took a sneak peek and read a snip it about Spare Buttons and why not to keep them, I knew this was going to be good.
Over the next few weeks, I will be sharing with you her methods and how we applied them to our household. This first week was fun, 106 items were discarded!
The first topic covered is clothing. To start, she recommends taking all of your items of clothing them all out and putting them a pile. Once all the clothes are gathered, you are to pick up each item and ask yourself “Does this spark joy?” Now at first, this sounded silly asking myself if this shirt brought joy but after going through a few pieces, it got easier and it worked. I was surprised with the number of clothes that I had been keeping “just because”. There were times where it was really difficult, so another pile was created.
After going through all of the clothes, I returned to the ‘maybe’ pile where reality hit and it was time to get rid of them. If you don’t love your closets or it’s not making you happy, something has to change. It can be difficult to figure it out but start somewhere. Hanging onto something because it still fits doesn’t necessarily mean you should. Styles don’t last forever!
Another thing she recommends is not having ‘seasonal clothing’. This was interesting because having a bin for summer and winter clothes is something I’ve done for as long as I can remember. A bit more thought went into this concept, can this really work? Won’t know unless you give it a try. Getting rid of summer clothes while being in the middle of winter was hard but applying the question “Would I want to wear this right away if the temperature suddenly changed?” helped a lot. We’ll see how this works over the seasonal months, won’t really know until then.
After the sorting and discarding was complete, the folding process started. Before reading the book, I read online about the method. I had been storing my clothes like most people do, stacking them in a pile. This isn’t the worst method but it does make it challenging to see what shirts are on the bottom and then it requires you to take out the whole pile. She tells you to store them vertically which allows you to see everything in the drawer at once. After storing the t-shirts this way, I had one of those moments of “Why didn’t I think of that?!”
This Konmari method was pretty eye-opening, it’s really logical if you think about it. It really changes your mindset for the better and helps you analyze what you really need to keep and what you need to discard.
Here’s the breakdown of the 106 items that were discarded:
- 28 Tops
- 16 Dresses
- 11 Sweaters
- 8 Workout Tops
- 8 Bracelets
- 6 Workout Bottoms
- 4 Pairs of Earrings
- 4 Clutches
- 3 Dress Pants
- 3 Skirts
- 3 Sweatshirts
- 3 Necklaces
- 2 Dress Shirts
- 2 Golf Shirts
- 2 Pairs of Shoes
- 2 Jeans
- 1 Pair of shorts
Do you think this method could work for you?
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