I’m that girl; the girl with “nothing” to wear. I’m also the girl who thought she didn’t have very many clothes. Then I watched that Marie Kondo tidying up show on Netflix…I thought wrong.
For those who are unfamiliar with Marie Kondo, she is a lovely Japanese lady who wrote a book titled The Joy of Tidying Up and Netflix has recently turned it into a series where she comes in a coaches families on getting their homes in order. I have not read the book but I did binge watch the show. I was intrigued with the method so I decided to give it a try.
You start with your clothes…ugh. The start of the process is to gather all of your clothes…yes, ALL of them, and put them on the bed; now you can see how much you really have.
This self proclaimed minimalist is slightly embarrassed by the following photo:
Once this horrifying task is completed, it’s time to move on to the sorting. Each item is held in your hands, if it brings you joy, keep it. If it doesn’t then you must decide whether or not you will let it go. Items that you do not keep, you thank for their service. This step seemed a bit odd to me but it is actually an interesting way to practice gratitude, and I for one could do better when it comes to being grateful for my belongings. (And everything else for that matter.) I ended up parting with two boxes of clothing by the time I made it through the whole pile.
The next step was folding and putting away. She has an interesting method for folding; items are folded so that they can stand on end in the drawer. I think it’s genius because nothing is more frustrating than digging through a pile of shirts trying to find the one I want to wear! Here are a couple of examples of the finished product:
I was so pleased with the result that I’ve done my vanity and my bathroom. If I can maintain this, and I plan to do just that, it’s a total game changer for me. It is going to free up time and energy (physical and mental) that I will now be able to put towards doing the things that I love.
I hope this inspires you to find ways to make tidying a joy instead of a drudgery. I’m actually excited about keep things tidy!