If you’re like me, then your wardrobe is a total mess. When I’m having a busy week, the last thing I feel like is tidying up. I literally dread it. BUT with a little music in the background and focus, it can be done. I have faith in myself and you.
Heard of the Marie Kondo method? No? Where have you been?! Kondo’s bestselling book, The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up: The Japanese Art of Decluttering and Organizing, has a few simple steps to declutter your home. The best place to start? Your wardrobe, obviously.
#1. Divide the tidying up into categories, not rooms. This way you will be taking care of all of your clothes at once. Bring them all into one room and make sure everything is visible. (It’s recommended to have most of your clothes washed so you’re actually sorting all or most of it out in one go, but this is difficult to achieve when you’re a busy bee).
#2. How do you feel about your clothes? When sorting through your wardrobe, it’s a good idea to make two piles: the pieces you love and want to keep, and the pieces you either forgot even existed or no longer are of any value to you. It’s important to be wearing clothes that mean something to us; be it they provoke a memory, they make us feel confident and comfortable, etc. Just think, ‘do your clothes bring you happiness?’
#3. Out with the old, in with the new. Once you’ve finished dividing your clothes into two piles, decide what you want to do with the discarded items and bag them up. I normally take my unwanted pieces to either a vintage or charity store. It can be hard to part with your clothing, but nostalgia is not your friend, and remember, all of the clothes you’re giving away have created room for new clothes!!
#4. Fold, don’t hang. After finishing up with your unwanted pile, you can get to work on the clothes you’re going to keep. I normally start with smaller pieces and work my way up to the bigger ones. It’s important to take advantage of the space your wardrobe has, folding most of your clothes will allow room for more and will leave it looking less cluttered. Leave your shirts, dresses and finer wear for the hangers.
#5. Create a closet you love waking up to. They say clothes and shoes are a girls best friend, well what better way to feel great than opening up your own wardrobe and being able to see everything you own, all of the different possible outfits you could wear for the day in one place, a wardrobe that is neat and tidy?
#6. Maintenance. By sorting out your wardrobe in this way, you are making it much easier to maintain a clear wardrobe space. Once everything is where it belongs, it will be easier to follow that same structure when putting washed clothing back or new buys! So stick to it, and keep the organisation skills flowing.
#7. Style. Having created a wardrobe just how you like it, it’s your space, even if you don’t have the biggest closet in the world, it’s still all about you. By being able to see all that you own and can put on your back, you are giving yourself the space to evolve, allowing yourself to see what you have, what you could have and possible changes you could make to the way you dress.
With that said, that’s a wrap!
Before moving onto the next task that is waiting for you, take a step back and see for yourself how great everything looks! All in piles, organised to your liking. It’s a great feeling to have everything in it’s place and visible, ‘a cluttered desk, is a cluttered mind’ as they say. Just think of all the new things you can fit in your new wardrobe now!
Source: One Kings Lane – Marie Kondo (The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up: The Japanese Art of Decluttering and Organizing).