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!