Yes, I “kon mar-ied” my clothes! I know that’s not a word, but it just seemed appropriate as I completed the first step in the Kon-Mari process. Note the “deer in the headlights” look in the featured photo – that’s me at the beginning of the Kon-Mari process! I fully intend to have a better photo (one of me smiling!) at the end of the process.
If you read my previous post about Kon-Mari, you know it is the process of tidying as defined by Marie Kondo. Tidying is the task of transforming your home into a sanctuary of natural energy that meshes totally with your own natural energy. It should be a celebration, a special event that allows you to confront yourself and discover the balance needed to live your life in contentment and peace surrounded by the things that bring you joy. All of which is how tidying is defined by Marie Kondo.
And Marie was right – starting with clothes is the easiest starting point. For me, the process of handling each item of clothing and deciding whether it sparked joy was a relatively quick and painless process. Maybe that’s because I don’t have a lot of clothes in the first place, and I’m not emotionally attached to most of them.
So, I gathered all my clothes and put them on my bed. It really helped that I had already purged my closet within the past year. Then I held each piece and waited for the spark of joy. I did have a few joy-sparking pieces, but mostly I just felt contentment with items that covered me without drawing attention to areas that needed no attention. So I considered that a spark of joy.
The whole process from gathering the clothes to folding or hanging and putting them away took approximately two hours. I was actually quite pleased with how quickly it went. I ended up with a couple of boxes of clothes to donate, and a few went straight to the wastebasket.
I use an armoire to store most of my clothes, which was originally a china cabinet in the home where I grew up. As you can see in a picture below of the armoire, my husband did not participate in the process. Therefore, he doesn’t know what clothes he actually owns (and doesn’t care), and he ends up picking up the shirt and shorts/pants that are on the top of the pile. He claims the present system of disorganization brings him joy! My clothes are the neatly-folded ones in the clear plastic bins.
At this point, I’m very happy with the process. I can see exactly what I own, making it much easier to find what I’m looking for. And scaling back on the number/amount of my clothes keeps the process of deciding what to wear very simple. (I’m still having a hard time folding underwear, though.)
Scroll through the picture gallery below to see the results of my Kon Mari-ed clothes! Have you considered this process for yourself?
Comment and let me know what you think!