My KonMari Challenge! Phase 1: Clothes

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I’ve been a bit slow to get started with the challenge as I’ve been so exhausted by this pregnancy! Amazing how easy it is to forget these sorts of things a few years down the line. However, on Saturday I was feeling a bit more energetic and I was determined to get started before January was finished! So I pulled all my drawers out, got everything from the wardrobe, and heaped it all on to our bed. Not just day to day clothes, but everything – workwear, occasion wear, nightwear, underwear and loungewear is all included.

Three wire baskets of clothes, plus a number of clothes on hangers, heaped on the bed!
Thankfully I don’t have huge amounts of clothes to begin with – having moved four times in seven years of marriage I have fairly regular clear-outs!

The idea behind KonMari is that you only keep things which ‘spark joy’. This might be because it’s an item your really love or one which is particularly practical or useful. I found it quite a quick process for clothes – I know pretty much straight away which things I really enjoy wearing and which things tend to get shoved to the back of the drawer. There were a few items which I rediscovered, and have kept because I think they probably will spark joy, but I suspect in a year or so there may be two or three things which I decide to get rid of.

Once I had sorted through the clothes, it was time to put them away! Marie Kondo advocates folding nearly everything, and folding them in such a way that you can stand them alongside each other, rather than stacking. This way, everything can be seen when you open the drawer. She even folds socks and underwear! I’m giving it a go for now, and I actually really like folded socks! They take up WAY less room than balled ones, and they look so lovely and neat! Underwear…we will have to see!

Socks folded in a drawer.
Folded socks. I love how cheerful they look, all in a row!


Folded trousers and pyjamas
Trousers and pyjamas


Folded tops and t-shirts
Tops and t-shirts


Folded jumpers and cardigans
Jumpers and cardigans


Three shopping bags of unwanted clothes.
I managed to get rid of a fair few items – some I’m hoping to get rid of on eBay; some are going to charity and I also have a small bin bag headed for the textiles bank.

It’s so nice being able to find things so quickly, and also having so much more space in my drawers. I’ve realised since sorting the clothes that I should have included outerwear and shoes in this category, but since I don’t have an awful lot of either of those, that won’t take long! Most of what I have, I use. I do (embarrassingly) also have a basket of ‘thrown out’ clothes which never got thrown out. They were destined for eBay and I never got around to it! I will be having another quick look through them and either getting them on to eBay (which was my original intention) or sending them to charity.

The next category to tackle is books. We repainted our living room a few months ago, and I had a quick sort through books while we were putting everything back in place. I got rid of quite a few then, although I do still have a pile of unwanted books which I need to get rid of. However, I think having read The Life-Changing Magic of TidyingI will be more ruthless! It would be great to have more space on the bookshelf for other things. Don’t forget, if you don’t want to miss a post, enter your email in the subscribe box to the right!

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8 Replies to “My KonMari Challenge! Phase 1: Clothes”

  1. Oh my goodness, I am so jealous of how tidy and organised your clothes. In particular your sock drawer! I need to give this a go.

    1. beccatooth says: Reply

      Thanks Emma! My husband gives it a week before it’s messy again, and a housemate from my uni days reduced that to three days!! But I love it so I’m fully intending to keep it up! Really recommend the book though, really different way of thinking about tidying to just the usual decluttering/finding good storage.

  2. I recently bought this book, and have read quite a bit, but haven’t started anything yet. I think you’ve inspired me to begin!

    1. beccatooth says: Reply

      I’d really recommend it! I’m trying to persuade my husband to let me do his clothes, and to help me do our books – I’m ready and raring to go but I don’t think he’s quite there yet! Let me know how you get on 🙂

  3. Oh my! I have read so much about this method and it looks amazing! I would have to get the book and do it to the letter I think as if I try do it quickly it just wont stick. I’d love to find clothes easily like that! xx


    1. beccatooth says: Reply

      Yes, to the letter seems the easiest way! It is making getting dressed in the morning considerably quicker. I am trying to persuade my husband to let me do his clothes next!

  4. I think this is one of your most inspiring blogs. One thing I heard from a different ‘tidy expert’ is that if you’ve only got a short amount of time just do one shelf or one drawer don’t feel you have to spend hours doing it. I found this very helpful and started well last year but then fell back. Am now starting again concentrating on the areas I didn’t get to last year. For me to sort every two years is good cos I can firmly say not used/worn for two years so unless it brings me joy (memories) get rid of it. We will see how it goes.

    1. beccatooth says: Reply

      Thanks! Yes, that’s a good tactic! The KonMari method is to get EVERYTHING from a category out in one go so you can have a proper declutter/tidy with nothing being missed. But I’m not sure if it’ll be that straightforward what with a curious toddler in the house!

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