We actually finished our clothing (the very first category to declutter, according to Marie Kondo) about 2-3 weeks ago. I thought I would give an overview of how things are right right now, to show how we have fared aka if the tidiness has persisted.
I know things don’t look sooooo tidy, but to us it really is! It’s not perfect, but hubs and I have talked about how we feel so relaxed about getting ready for work or going out now. We know where everything is and can see everything – it makes a real difference.
You will see that I am not a minimalist (21 pieces of clothing whatever pffffthh) and I am realistic, I don’t plan to become one. I was never a big shopper to begin with – my husband never feels a discomfort of any sort when I enter any shop. I feel I like clothes and have enough to keep cosy and warm through all the seasons. I also have tried to be fair and sensible to myself and keep things necessary through different phases – pregnancy, breastfeeding, and going back to work. That was a bit hard because sometimes you don’t know how big you will get and all. Trousers and other tighter fit-items were particularly tricky, because I did not want to simply discard things – I have a no clothes rule this year after all!
My scarves and accessories are on special sorting hangers at the front bit on the left. My closet includes all my winter and autumn outer wear too, so it has got a bit of bulk.
Our sliding doors are a little weird so I can only take pictures of the closet like this. Husband’s bit is on the right. The middle section is mine! Mostly dresses, outerwear, sweaters and jeans, which I tend to take in and out a lot. Bags I love are there for me to feast my eyes on happily every day (That’s what she means by make sure everything ‘sparks joy!’)
Left: gloves and hats, things like that. Right: Underwear and socks (I disregarded the Konmari method for socks, I have always rolled them in balls and will continue to do so!)
What I really love about this decluttering system is that somehow or other we really freed up a lot of space. And I mean a lot – we have several drawers now which are still empty. They were just overflowing with crap before. As the Konmari method says all storage space is temporary until you are completely DONE, and we are not, we have left the empty drawers as they are now. Why are we not ‘done’?
Due to recent hosting events in the house, we decided to leave our kitchen aside first, as well as the ‘papers‘ category. They are both substantial categories, so we want to do them right. The ‘papers’ category may not be important to some people, but as husband is a mortgage broker and I am a teacher/writer, you can imagine we have tonnes of paper around, and we need to decide what’s important, what needs to be filed properly, and what needs to be tossed. Our guest/study room is okay but not decluttered yet, as we put things we wanted to give away or discard inside there – we wanted to do this right and not just throw it all away.
Okay, sorry, back to my drawers …
Thermals, pajamas, loungewear. Boring stuff … which explains why I don’t fold them too nicely.
Running and exercise wear, and work trousers on the right.
Shorts, skirts, swimwear and others (maternity, traditional wear etc)
And that’s it. That’s all my clothes. Honestly it took another cupboard and spaces in Luca’s room to fill all the other crap I had previously, but they are now all here, and I couldn’t be more pleased.
The drawer below houses all my cosmetics and hair thingies and what have you. It doesn’t look the best, but my top priority is to ensure I can see everything. I think once you can see everything, as KonMari suggests, you are on safe ground. It doesn’t degenerate into that cavern of messy secrets aka WTF IS THIS GAHHHHH. Unfortunately I had to lay some bottles on their side (not ideal), because of height restrictions. I have a stash of skin creams and lotions tucked away in another cupboard, because … well I’ll tell you about that some other time.
All these drawers use to house loads of crap. Our second and third drawers are now pretty freed up. The bottom drawer houses miscellaneous things of mine aka some things a WOMAN WOULD RATHER YOU NOT SEE.
Husband’s area. Not as lean as before – the left part is recently dried tops – but everything is still very neat and tidy. When I took the picture though, he said ‘Oh man but there’s already trash in there!’ He is referring to our humidifier on the bottom right, which recently gave up and died on us – hmmmm what shall we do with it husband, will it stay there forever as per previous habits?
‘You are encroaching on my space!’, he says about lower left box with my bags and clutches hee hee hee.
So that is us, all done. Now for the kiddo. It is really hard to keep things together for him because he keeps on outgrowing stuff and we have tonnes of second hand clothes kindly given by friends and mommies from our community – it was hard to keep things: a)sorted nicely b) ready for his next phase c)tucked away and ready for his sibling. But after a while I got things down as nicely as I could. Things for his sibling-to-be have been packed away and labelled according to 3-9 months, 9-12months + and so on.
His principal/current drawer.
Next drawer below is his ‘next stage’ clothing. Yes, that’s him being nosy.
Drawer below that is the newborn stuff – 3 months clothing ready for his sibling
Keeping this drawer free for miscellaneous items and just-in-case things.
So there you have it. Our clothing situation – now done and dusted, thanks to the KonMari method. Honestly if you do only this, it will be such relief already. We had a certain zen when it was all done, and we still have this lovely zen today when it comes to our wardrobes. I know people tidy up all the time, but I think what hubs and I have realised is that if we remember certain principles we have learnt – that everything has its place and we should be able to see everything – we will not degenerate into a whole shitstorm of mess again.
But hey, ask us again in two or three months?