The KonMari Method: Organize Your Clothes

Well, hello there! I know what you’re thinking: “Kara! You JUST posted about the KonMari method last week… what are you doing writing about it again so soon?” Well, I got so excited after writing last week’s book review about the KonMari method, that I just had to dive in and get started right away. Having a clear vision of what I want my home to look like when I’m all done, I just couldn’t wait to get going.

According to Marie Kondo, the entire KonMari process can take months to complete. She has you start with one of the easiest categories: clothing. From there, you move on to more difficult categories like books, paperwork, the dreaded komono (miscellaneous “stuff”), and finally sentimental items.

I plan on doing a blog post for each category that I complete. I’ll show you the entire process and how it works for me. Just a heads up though, I’m not sure how long it will be in between blog posts. I’m not setting myself a hard timeline to follow, and I have a feeling that certain categories are going to take me a LOT longer than others to get through.

Now, without further ado, let’s get on to category #1: Clothing!

Have you heard of The KonMari Method yet? It's a great way to declutter, tidy, and organize your life. Step One: Clothes.

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THE KONMARI METHOD: CLOTHING

Don’t ask me why, but for the longest time I had this thing against dressers. I thought that they just took up too much space and I could get by with just hanging ALL of my clothes in the closet. This method “worked” for me for a long time, but after reading the book I realized that it was actually kind of ridiculous.

Have you heard of The KonMari Method yet? It's a great way to declutter, tidy, and organize your life. Step One: Clothes.

Anything that needed to be folded would go on the top shelf in my closet (which by the way, I’m too short to really reach), so it just became a jumbled mess. I started to devise “systems” to wrangle my underwear and socks like this metal rack plus a few storage cubes:

Have you heard of The KonMari Method yet? It's a great way to declutter, tidy, and organize your life. Step One: Clothes.

Inevitably, things ended up scattered across the floor and the closet became a place that we just shut the door to so that we didn’t have to see the mess anymore.  I kept telling myself that with a closet this large, surely there was a better way to store all of my clothes.

Once I read “The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up”*, I realized the error of my ways for so many years. So, I sucked it up and bought a much-needed dresser. After scouring Amazon reading what seemed like a million reviews, I settled on this beauty:

Have you heard of The KonMari Method yet? It's a great way to declutter, tidy, and organize your life. Step One: Clothes.
Sauder Shoal Creek Dresser, Jamocha Wood Finish*

The finish is a beautiful dark wood. I love it SO much! It took me a couple of hours to put it together, but the hard work was definitely worth it! Now that I had this gorgeous new dresser, it was time to get on with the really hard part: sorting all of my clothes…

Have you heard of The KonMari Method yet? It's a great way to declutter, tidy, and organize your life. Step One: Clothes.

The first step was to pile ALL of my clothes in the middle of the bedroom. I pulled everything of mine out of the closet. Then, I rounded up all of the extra clothes I had in storage and this was the result. I’ve gotta say, I was completely shocked by the amount of clothes that I had!

I picked up each item and, as Ms. Kondo recommends, I held it and decided if that particular item sparked joy for me or not. A lot of this went very quickly. I’ve been toting around clothes with me for as long as I can remember. I even had some old maternity clothes! (My daughter is 9! Eek!)

A few items were a little more complicated. I had several old t-shirts that I loved but were absolutely worn beyond repair, holes and all. Those were a little harder to part with but I did as Marie suggests, and I thanked them for their service before tossing them onto the discard pile.

Have you heard of The KonMari Method yet? It's a great way to declutter, tidy, and organize your life. Step One: Clothes.

That tiny pile on the left is all I decided to keep. Probably just the depth perception in this picture, but that discard pile is actually much larger than it appears!

After deciding what to keep, I started laundering it all to get ready to put it away properly. Meanwhile, I sorted through the discard pile to decide what could be donated and what was just too far gone.

Have you heard of The KonMari Method yet? It's a great way to declutter, tidy, and organize your life. Step One: Clothes.   Have you heard of The KonMari Method yet? It's a great way to declutter, tidy, and organize your life. Step One: Clothes.

Did you catch the camouflaged dog just napping on the bed while I do all the work? What a lazy bum! ;)

Everything that was still good enough to donate fit in those 2 red storage cubes. I had five trash bags full of clothes that were so old and dingy that they would have been no good to anyone. Five bags!!! When I realized how much unnecessary weight I had been carrying around all these years I was floored!

I actually got a little emotional as I started to fold and put away the few clothes that I had left. I folded everything according to Marie Kondo’s method, standing everything up vertically in the drawers.

Marie recommends storing clothing in your drawers with heavier items and darker colors towards the back.  I followed her tips from the book and here are my results:

Beautiful, right? I got these *awesome cedar wood drawer dividers when I ordered the dresser and they came in super handy for dividing up my underwear drawer. I’ll definitely be getting another set for my sports bras & socks drawer!

Did you see how few items I have hanging in the closet now? My closet now feels completely clean and almost empty. We now have room to take all of Mark’s uniforms out of our spare bedroom. That means more room for me to store my crafty items in my studio once I get around to those categories… win!

I counted how many extra hangers I have: 52! Can you believe that?!? I’m not quite sure what I’ll be doing with all of those extra hangers now, but I’m sure I’ll figure something out for them.

Have you heard of The KonMari Method yet? It's a great way to declutter, tidy, and organize your life. Step One: Clothes.

With the new furniture, it was time to rearrange the bedroom! I love the new layout, although Mark says that it looks too crowded. Just wait until I get it all decorated the way I want (tee hee hee).

This week, I’m going to be decorating and putting the finishing touches on our bedroom. I can’t wait to see my vision come true for this room. I’m envisioning a tall plant in the far left corner, and then pretty teal, white, and silver accent pieces throughout the room.

I put together a Pinterest board to plan the decor for our master bedroom:

Boho Berry on Pinterest
I’ve purchased a few of the items already and now that the clothes are done I’m excited to dive in and decorate this room, turning it into the oasis that I want it to be!

The next stop on my KonMari adventure is to sort and organize all of our books… Anyone that knows me will tell you that I just LOVE books, so that should be a very interesting task!

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Other posts in this series:

Introduction >> Does it Spark Joy? – The Question That Will Change Your Life!

Part 1 >> The KonMari Method: Organize Your Clothes (you’re here!)

Have you started the KonMari method in your own home? I’d love to hear how it’s going for you! Drop me a line below and let me know what struggles you faced in the process.

 

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