Would you like a wardrobe as organised as Cher’s from Clueless?
To be able to find beautiful outfits with ease each morning? Sure sounds good to me! Marie Kondo was introduced to me by a dear friend and I finally looked her up last week. She is a Japanese organising consultant and the author of “The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up,” which has sold two million copies worldwide. She teaches a simple method and criteria for tidying up your closet – and your whole household.
How Will It Benefit Me?
Imagine having a wardrobe full of only the things that you love. Wouldn’t that be a dream? This method (the KonMari method) gives you one simple criterion for going through everything. It will reduce clutter and give you a wonderful feeling of organisation and simplicity in your life. It will help you view all your clothes at once and make it easier to select an outfit you love each morning.
What I Need To Do
Here are the tips that Marie gives for following the KonMari method of tidying:
- Tidy As Quickly As Possible. Don’t linger over each item, do it at a steady, efficient pace.
- Sort By Category, Not Location. So if you have clothes in your room, the spare room, the attic – you need to get them all out and pile them all together to sort. This helps you to see the volume of what you own.
- Does It Spark Joy? THIS is the golden question. Marie instructs us to take each item in our hands and hold it and ask ourselves “Does this spark joy?” If it doesn’t, give it away. To a friend or family member, to charity. It may spark joy in someone else :o)
- Fold clothes using the KonMari method which is basically folding them inwards so that you can create neat rectangles that stand on their edge. You then put each rectangle sideways in your draw so that you can see the top of each item like in the picture of my drawer above.
Here’s a little bit about the selection process from Marie ~
“You must take each outfit in your hand. When you touch a piece of clothing, your body reacts. Its response to each item is different. Trust me and try it. I chose this standard for a reason. After all, what is the point in tidying? If it’s not so that our space and the things in it can bring us happiness, then I think there is no point at all. Therefore, the best criterion for choosing what to keep and what to discard is whether keeping it will make you happy, whether it will bring you joy. Keep only those things that speak to your heart. Then take the plunge and discard all the rest. By doing this, you can reset your life and embark on a new lifestyle.”
What Affect Will This Have On My Life?
It will be so much easier to get dressed in the morning! You will feel beautiful and comfortable in your clothes. It’s a win-win. I used to hold onto things until they broke. Sewing, repairing, making sure I got good use out of everything. I even sewed patches into my shoes! I thought I got a lot of satisfaction with this wartime resourcefulness but I actually couldn’t wait for each item to break! I rejoiced when they did break so that I could finally be free of them and would often feel embarrassed at my tatty clothing and shoes. It is great to have broken that pattern and it feels so nice to only have things I love to wear.
I encourage you to try this for yourself. I can’t tell you the delight I feel when I open my drawers to see all my clothes folded neatly so that I can see each of them like in my photo above instead of in stacks that get messy and hide things.
Have you ever tried this method? Do you have any other tips for organisation and tidying that you could share? I do love a tidy tip!
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Have a beautifully tidy week my friends!
Sacha Marie x
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