I don’t spend half a day organising my clothes anymore. It only takes me 30 minutes and then I sort the kid’s clothes in the same way directly after if I need to. The Kon Marie method has worked beautifully for me for at least 2 years now and I really need to share the simplicity of it.
There are a number of key principles that Kon Marie introduced me to in her book ‘The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up’. The main one I adopted immediately was that your to tidy your home properly so you will never have to tidy again, and she was so right!
Although I readily admit that I am not the tidiest of people, I do believe that I am organised enough. I never ever have a big job when I tidy up our home anymore.
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ALL YOU HAVE TO DO
GRAB ALL YOUR CLOTHES Spread all your clothes out somewhere so you can view them easily
CHECK EACH ITEM Hold each item individually and decide if you still love it or not
KEEP OR NOT If you don’t love it or use it anymore, appreciate the item for its service to you and get rid of it.
FOLD OR HANG NICELY Fold all the items you are keeping and store them so each item is in view
IMMEDIATELY DISCARD All the items you no longer want from your home need to be removed right away
This process is to be completed for every item of clothing in your home at the same time. Do one person’s clothing then move on to the next persons. Just don’t start tidying anything else, i.e. books, toys etc until all the clothing throughout the household is sorted.
Below is what my closet looks like before I sorted it out this week. It’s not organised but still easy enough for me to know exactly where I’m at quickly enough.
I hang my dresses, cardigans, jackets, long sleeve shirts and skirts usually.
Short sleeved tops, t-shirts, jeans and pants are folded on open shelving.
A VERY SIMPLE PROCESS
I share a large chest of drawers with my husband, we get half each. Actually, he gets one more than me because of his job he has A LOT of extra gear so he gets 2 of the larger drawers and I only need one. I have kept his end of the closet out of the pics for his privacy.
#1 Underwear and intimates drawer
#2 Socks and thermal gear
#3 The larger drawer (the opened one) is where I keep all my exercise gear, pyjamas, and store summer shorts. Yep, all in one drawer, it’s easy when everything is folded correctly. It also makes it easy for each item to be seen at a glance.
Kon Marie does recommend storing items vertical, upright and on their side, which is what I always start out with, but often piles form again. She also recommends items going from left to right…dark to lighter, light to heavy fabric. I didn’t even try to do this, I’m happy that things are hanging nicely and I can see them.
WHEN I AM FINISHED TIDYING UP
Heavy winter tops and a pair of jeans went into the square storage basket on my top shelf.
Winter boots have been put up high for next year.
A few items have been discarded, some hung, tops, t-shirts, lighter jeans and a set of gardening clothes on the shelves.
My drawers still look exactly the same as above, shorts, pyjamas and exercise gear.
All my winter thermal wear and socks got tidied up and worn out items were thrown away.
IT WORKS WHETHER YOU HAVE LITTLE OR A LOT
I understand I have fewer clothes than some people would have so it’s possibly easier to manage my wardrobe.
I do think that the philosophy still stands whether you have a lot or a little.
When you have a big mess in your wardrobe and you dump it all out in plain view, it easy to hold each item and look at it critically, you can tell pretty quick whether you will keep it or now. You either wear it, or you don’t. Simple.