Do you open your closet and just see a mountain of clothes that have never even made it onto a hanger? Does the array of clutter overwhelm you? You have probably felt the need to organize your closet and may have succeeded in doing so only to have it fall into disorganization yet again. Organizing sensation Marie Kondo developed the KonMari method to help you successfully and permanently organize your closet space.
With the KonMari method, instead of organizing section by section in your house, you organize them item by item in one location. For instance, you organize all your clothing and shoes in your closet at the same time. The other key aspect of the KonMari method is choosing what you keep based on whether it brings joy to your life. If it doesn’t bring joy, then donate, recycle or throw it away.
Marie Kondo is a tidying expert, bestselling author, and star of Netflix’s hit show, “Tidying Up With Marie Kondo.” Most tidying methods advocate a room-by-room or little-by-little approach. The KonMari Method encourages tidying by category, not by location, beginning with clothes, and then moving on to books, papers, miscellaneous items, and sentimental items. Keep only those things that speak to the heart, and discard items that no longer spark joy.
Rule 1 – Commit yourself to tidying up
Rule 2 – Imagine your ideal lifestyle
Rule 3 – Finish discarding first
Rule 4 – Tidy by category, not by location
Rule 5 – Follow the right order
Rule 6 – Ask yourself if it sparks joy
You may feel overwhelmed when looking at your closet and deciding where to start organizing. First, imagine the life you want to live without clutter distracting you or slowing you down. This will help you get in the right mind space to get rid of things you no longer need. Touch each piece of clothing or pair of shoes in your closet. Turn each one over individually, and look it over. Ask yourself if it sparks joy. Think about how you would feel getting rid of it.
Don’t rationalize. It can be easy to justify keeping something for the chance you may someday fit into it or need it. If it is something you honestly do not use, stop holding onto it for someday that may never come. Once organized, begin treating what you kept as if it is alive. You would never drop your pet on the floor carelessly. Don’t do this with your shoes or clothes either. Put them up properly every time so that clutter doesn’t build back up.
If you have tried the KonMari method in other rooms and have come to realize that you need a more structured closet to better organize everything you decide to keep, we can help! At Closets for Less, we offer custom closet design solutions to help you get and stay organized.