Hello. My name is Katherine + I have a shopping problem. I call Target the mothership + spend way too much money on candles, housewares, and of course, clothes. Can this shopping compulsion be attributed to my grandmother… maybe. But retail therapy just works for me. As you can imagine, this means I have a lot of clothes. Recently, as I was putting away loads upon loads of laundry, I had a come to Jesus moment over all the clothes I had. It was time for a KonMari style closet clean out intervention.
KonMari Style Decluttering
What’s KonMari you ask? KonMari is a lifestyle brand + decluttering style created by Marie Kondo, who is an author + star of Netflix’s Tidying Up. This style of tidying has a few simple steps to help you sort through your mounds of stuff. Lucky for me, the first thing you tackle when you tidy KonMari style is clothes. The first step of this cleaning method is to pile up all your clothes (yes all of them) so you can see the gravity of how much stuff you own. I have already made this realization so I am skipping this step. You then go through each item holding it in your hands + decide if it sparks joy. ✨ If not, you thank it + donate it/toss it. The KonMari style closet clean out helps you decide what is really important. After clothes, you tackle documents/paper, books, miscellaneous (everything else), and then sentimental items.
Marie Kondo doesn’t just help you organize your stuff. She also helps you organize it. She recommends using small containers for smaller items + is an advocate that you should be able to see everything you own quickly. For this reason, she created a special method of folding basically everything. She even helped me check “learning how to fold a fitted sheet” off my New Year’s resolution list!
Closet Clean Out Tips
While I love this method, I don’t have the time or stamina to get rid of all my clothes at once. Plus, I already came to terms that I need a closet clean out intervention. And I’m not just tackling my closet. I am going through it all! Here are my tips + guidelines on top of Marie’s for the best way to clean out your closet KonMari style.
- Start with your largest section so you can start seeing results immediately. For me, this was dresses.
- Get a rack or a bar to hang clothes on as you go through them.
- Once you get through the closet, head to the drawers – yes, this includes your underwear drawer.
- Anything that isn’t close to fitting needs to go unless it brings you immense joy ✨ – but that should be very few items. I have clothes that range about four sizes. Even if I lose weight, I’m probably going to want new clothes, not ones from 2008.
- On that note, if it’s 10+ years old + not a vintage or classic piece, you probably don’t need it. If its 10+ years old and from Target/Old Navy/Forever 21… ditch it, girl.
- Donate as much as you can. Thrift Stores are having their moment thanks to KonMari style closet clean outs, so maybe consider an alternative donation receiver.
- Look for things you have multiples of or clothes resemblances. Do I really need 6 different black maxi dress? Probably not. Choose the ones that spark the most joy! ✨
- Consider how useful something is. That fancy ball gown you already wore to two galas might be better to sell or donate if you plan to never wear it again. Does nothing else in your closet go with that crazy sweater? Maybe you don’t need it.
- Things with limited use don’t need to be showcased in your closet 24/7. Those Christmas sweaters can be placed at the top of your closet, they don’t need to be front + center with the rest.
- Pick an organization style that works for you. Is it by season? By color? By frequency of wear? Whatever works best for you, use it!
Now that you’ve got the clothes part of the KonMari style decluttering done, you can move on to the other steps, like the books. See what books will serve you in the future + make room for new 2019 books! My closet transformation is below. Show me yours over on Instagram!