Have some major writing assignments ahead. Still love the method! Stay tuned, I’ll be back!
I’ve started re-hanging the clothes that I have already accepted with joy into my life because frankly, I could only handle seeing my “hangable” clothes in a massive pile on the floor for so long.
Not sure if I was supposed to do that, but because Kondo says we can sort in sections, I figured I was okay.
Now that those items are back, my closet seems extra packed, even though I’ve reduced it by two garbage bags!
Part of the problem is that Kondo has us putting all seasons together. I usually separate my closet into fall/winter and spring/summer, switching out each season.
Now I am facing a packed, all-seasons closet and more clothes will need to go in there as I still have “sets” and “light jackets” to consider. This has made me question my original joyous decisions.
- Is everything newly replaced in the now overflowing closet really a joy-sparker?
- Did I cheat on some decisions and let my practical brain take over?
- What if an item didn’t spark joy, but sparked a lot of compliments, should I have kept it?
If I do love everything in there, as long as it sparks joy, that’s supposed to be fine. At the same time I don’t think it would hurt to run them by one more sorting phase, just to be sure. I don’t receive joy from an overfull closet.
So before I go any further, I am going to add a step: trying on the items I have already re-hung and once again asking myself, “Does this spark joy? No really, I mean it this time…JOY!?”
Maybe I should have added that step before I moved to rehanging, or maybe I should have been more discerning with my previous decisions.
Not sure how long this added step is going to take. Kondo says the whole discarding process from clothes to books, then papers and beyond could take half a year. I’m committed to seeing this process through, so stay tuned! Check out this video for more visuals!
So I’ve been Marie Kondo-ing my immediate surroundings, starting with my clothes. From the piles I am selecting those items that bring me joy.
I have limited time so while I took all clothes from my closets and drawers, and shoes from everywhere, I’ve had to sort them in sections, doing chunks at a time.
I’ve probably made it through about half of my wardrobe heap and started re-hanging certain items, attempting to order them so they “rise to the right.” This rising to the right business seems somewhat subjective. More on that later.
So far, I’ve got a garbage bag full of non-joy for Goodwill and a smaller pile for possible consignment.
It’s been both a grueling and energizing experience. Grueling because I am blessed with a huuuge amount of clothes that need sorting. Energizing because I am ridding myself of items that are not joyous in my life, so I feel lighter. Lighter is good.
Marie Kondo “Konverts” please to share your KonMari experiences.
If you empty your purse at night, you rest your handbag and it lasts longer says Marie Kondo.
So I tried it the other night. If you empty the bag, you have to find a place to put the contents. I found this clear shoebox.
Doing this gave me a different feeling, I don’t know, more organized and in control.
I placed the purse upside down on top of the box, my own idea to avoid germs, lol. In the future I suppose I could wipe the bottom :-).
That morning I refilled the purse, opting to leave out some items, like a stack of other people’s business cards. (Kondo says we don’t need them anyway).
I am so hard on handbags, this Konmari idea is the perfect plan for purse preservation!
Finally a decluttering method that speaks to both my head and my heart, the Konmari method.
1) Keep only what sparks joy in your life.
2) A fabulous folding method that maximizes the space in your drawers.
3) Organizing advice that begins with a strict editing of your belongings via category, not room.
Here is one of the best summaries I’ve found on the Konmari technique.
So guess what I am doing with the rest of my time off?
You guessed it! Taking advantage of an entire day to focus on dealing with my stuff, starting with my clothes. Above is one section of my closet before.
And here is my pants drawer before. Well, times a-wastin’, gotta get back to it.