Feb 01 2019 0 Comments
If you were at all present during the tail end of 2018, you'll probably be asking yourself "what sparks joy?". The KonMari Method, from Marie Kondo's eponymous Netflix show and book, has seemingly taken over the world. Everyone from your dentist to your great aunt Sylvia is clearing out the clutter using Ms. Kondo's rules. It can be pretty liberating getting rid of all the hodgepodge littering your living space (Confession: I needed a word that wasn't clutter, so I used the thesaurus, and hodgepodge made me giggle). Maybe it's time for you to stop binge watching her show and finally organize your own home. That embellished tee you got from Urban years ago doesn't spark joy, nor does that pair of jeans that hasn't fit since Lisa Frank was a thing, so go ahead and toss 'em. Come to think of it, that boyfriend who leaves the seat up doesn't really spark anything in you anymore; thank you, next! Here are some ways to get organized, stay organized, and why it feels so good to say goodbye.
Tidying up is, honestly, a big commitment. You have to take time out of your already busy schedule--binge watching streaming shows included--to make order of things that you would rather hide in the back of your closet where no one will notice them. It's like Monica's junk closet on Friends. If no one can see it, than is it really there? The thing is, people are such pack bonding animals, we will create a sentimental reason to keep just about anything, including the free swag we got from that one concert several years ago. Does it make us happy? Not really. Paring down our mess is a good way to de-stress. In fact it is proven to be great for our mental health when everything has its own place. That's why when your space is less than organized you start feeling anxious. Your home should look and feel like a sanctuary away from all the less than calming parts of your life. Less clutter makes us more zen, and who doesn't want that.
So what are some ways to de-clutter and stay that way? Well step one is just going through all the stuff you've accumulated and--yes really--asking if it sparks joy. Is it a necessity? Are you actually going to wear it? When you wear it does it make your heart feel aflutter? If not, decide if it is something that can be donated or thrown away. Don't just leave your donation/trash bags laying around either. Find the time to get them out of your sacred space. We are trying to create a sanctuary here, and the great purge is the first step to success! KonMari suggests you should buy organizational tools only after you've weeded out the things you are not going to keep. That way you purchase just enough bins and shoe racks for what you have (Bonus: you'll only have to make one trip to the container store, which is about all anyone can usually handle). I would recommend finding attractive organizational solutions that go well with your space. A vintage steamer trunk is a perfect place to put extra sweaters or blankets, and woven baskets make great places to stash anything you don't want readily seen.Think outside the box too; a pretty candle container can always be re-purposed into a make-up brush holder. Kondo thinks decanting your go-to items into nicer containers--so you don't have to see all the less than pretty, multi-colored bottles of soap and cleaner--makes your space feel positively aligned and cohesive. An extra step, sure, but I guarantee it will make you smile every time you use your bargain hand soap if it's in a dispenser of your choosing, rather than the plastic container it came in.
To further your organization quest, utilizing the KonMari folding method is a great way to save precious room, and stuff every last band tee you have into your overstuffed drawers. Basically, it's folding everything into really small rectangles, and facing them vertically standing up so you can see exactly what each piece looks like. Which is a good way to stop you from pulling every top out of your drawers every time you are looking for your exclusive Angel Wings one of kind band flannel. You can find exact instructions on how to achieve the fold online. The folding method is great for travel as well if you tend to pack your suitcase like you are going away for a year instead of a week. In the same vein, arranging everything by color grouping creates visual cohesion. Personally, I love utilizing the old ROY-G-BIV because it makes me happy to see a rainbow in my closet and drawers. Added bonus if you group everything based on style as well; think easy categories like dresses, tanks, long sleeve, and short sleeve. Plus, it has the benefit of being so nice to look at, you'll want to keep it that way.
Now, I am not judging you--because I'm pretty sure most, if not all of us, are guilty of this bad habit--but stop buying things just because they are on sale, or because there may be a scenario in the future where you might dust it off and adorn yourself in it. You'll end up with a lot of pieces that still have their tags sadly attached after a year, and money spent that could have gone to something you really loved--or, you know, rent. Unless of course you always absolutely love the items you get half priced, in which case, teach me how to be a better bargain shopper. Instead focus on quality over quantity. Realistically we only wear about 20% of our wardrobe, so eliminate the overabundance by shopping for things you'll wear now, and that easily go with what you've already accumulated (We have a blog post on closet essentials that might help you decide what you should keep, or what's missing form your closet collection). The same goes for buying things that you like, but that don't fit perfectly. Unless you are on a first name basis with your tailor, the likelihood of you getting a t-shirt altered is slim at best. Impulse control is still something I have yet to achieve, but I've been striving this year to quit buying things for imaginary events. Yes, there probably will be a wedding in the future that you are invited to, but the expensive, bedazzled cocktail dress you bought because it was on sale--even though its a size too small--probably won't work for cousin Jenny's casual backyard reception.
Whether you use the KonMari method, or something completely different, I hope that your organization dreams come true! May we all end up lifestyle gurus with enviable Instagram worthy living spaces, or, at the very least, may we finally be able to fit all of our t-shirts into our dresser drawers.