Two years ago I realized there was a community of people like me. A community of minimalists who crave a simple life, surrounded by things and people they love and find value in. I became obsessed with the idea of simplifying every single aspect of my life and went a little crazy clearing my home of things that did not serve me or my family.
Since doing that initial purge I occasionally go through my home, room to room, getting rid of items, but it has been a good while since I have done a complete clear out of my closet using the KonMari Method from The Life Changing Magic of Tidying Up.
Marie Kondo is a Japanese organizing consultant who developed the KonMari Method, which consists of gathering everything one owns by category and keeping only those things that “spark joy” (via Amazon biography.) Her books The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up and Spark Joy have sold over seven million copies worldwide, been published in more than 40 languages, and have been listed as a New York Times’s bestseller for 99 weeks.
It’s unlikely that you haven’t heard of Marie and her methods, but there is a reason her method is so popular amongst the minimalist community. It’s simple, effective, and keeps you motivated to create an entire home that is serene and a space you actually want to spend time in.
Plus, let’s be real, I’m a busy mother, wife, and entrepreneur. Having a decluttered home is not only desired, it is ESSENTIAL!
Since doing my initial closet clean out two years ago, my closet has remained relatively minimal. I’m intentional about what comes into my home so it’s not often I deal with items I don’t want. But last year life happened. I worked with companies I love and was gifted shirts to help a cause (shirts that didn’t fit well but I was so passionate about the cause that I kept them anyways.) I received handoffs from family members. In October I took a trip to Belize. Before I left I realized I didn’t have anything that was tropical vacation friendly so I had to run out last minute and grab some pieces that were necessary, but I didn’t love.
Needless to say, my closet has become a source of anxiety.
So here we go. I’m doing a closet clean out using the KonMari Method and taking you with me! Watch the video below and continue reading to learn how to declutter your closet using the steps laid out in The Life Changing Magic of Tidying Up.
By the way, you can purchase the book here. Give it a good read, take some notes, then pass it on to someone who needs some order in his or her life!
The KonMari Method Closet Clean-Out Step by Step:
- Gather every single item of clothing from your home and place on the floor. This includes laundry, laundry baskets, closets, dressers, etc. Anything that is left out should immediately be disposed of.
- Sort items by category: tops (shirts, sweaters, etc.,) bottoms (pants, skirts, etc.,) clothes that should be hung (jackets, coats, suits, etc.,) socks, underwear, bags, accessories, clothes for specific events (swimsuits, uniforms, etc.,) and shoes.
- Start working with off season clothing.
- Touch each item one-by-one and ask yourself does this item spark joy?
- Fold most of the remaining items, and hang anything that looks happier hanging up.
- Arrange your clothes so that they rise to the right in your closet.
- Fold your socks (don’t tie up your stockings or ball up your socks.)
- Discard of items you are not keeping immediately.
And there you have it! Like I mentioned in the video, there are certain things I do differently because it better suits my life. Follow the method, but don’t be afraid to make it your own! Also follow our Minimal Wellness Group on Facebook to share your journey and get inspiration from others.
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