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.
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!
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 Tidying, I 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!