Let’s face it; no one likes a messy, overflowing closet. Still, the thought of unfolding, refolding, and having to, once and for all, get rid of certain worn out pieces is enough to make most people cringe. Reorganizing your closet doesn’t have to be this painful, though. Japanese tidying expert, Marie Kondo, has come up with a method to simplify de-cluttering your closet and make parting ways with your clothes a little more bearable. We’ve laid out the basics below:
1. Only keep what “sparks joy.” Far too often, we hold on to things because of nostalgic value or anticipations of liking it better in a year or two. Although minimalism and simplicity are two main fundamentals of this approach, the KonMari organizing method is not one that encourages you to purge everything in your closet and get rid of as much as possible. Instead, the process focuses on truly cherishing what you love.
To do this, go through your closet and individually assess each article of clothing, asking yourself, “does this spark joy?” Kondo recommends touching every item in your closet and letting your body react, as she believes you will be able to physically feel a sensation from something that will indicate whether or not you should keep it.
2. Organize by category. While most people would naturally try and tackle a day of cleaning by focusing on one room at a time, the KonMari method suggests organizing by category, not location. Instead of starting with your entire bedroom, for instance, decide to start with all clothing. From there, you should break this category down even further into tops, bottoms, shoes, etc. After collecting all of the clothes from every closet and drawer in every room, you may begin the process of deciding what stays or goes.
The purpose of this method is to get you to focus all of your attention on one thing at a time. It is easy to get overwhelmed when trying to straighten up a room and when we look at the room as a whole, we tend to frantically jump from one category of things to the next. Although it may seem tedious, solely focusing on all tops or all bottoms will keep your mind in one place and ultimately make tidying up a little more peaceful.
3. Remove first, then reorganize. Before putting anything back into your closet, it is crucial to first discard anything you decided didn’t spark joy and needed to be let go of. This eliminates the risk of second-guessing your initial judgment and keeping something because of an impulsive feeling.
When it is time to reintegrate your belongings into your closet, Kondo believes that elaborate, stackable storage units encourage hoarding. Instead, she suggests using simple and easy-to-use options. Ideally, it should be just as effortless to put something away as it is to locate it later.
Ultimately, the purpose KonMari organizing method is to make the process of cleaning a little less stressful and hectic for us. We should be able to find peace in leaving things behind and starting fresh; but if you get a little carried away with the "out with the old, in with the new," approach and find yourself standing in front of an empty closet, we have you covered with that too. Our full collection of clothing and handbags always includes the trendiest styles that are sure to spark joy in your life!
To learn more about the KonMari organizing method, you can read Marie Kondo’s book, “The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up.”