I spend a good bit of time in my closet...I have a dressing table inside, where I get ready in the morning and do my hair/makeup. My closet was always full of stuff, and I always felt crowded in there. When I would clean my closet in the past, I'd take it all out and then put it all back in again. Always with the same results. With the KonMari Method, you first pull everything out, and then you go through and keep only the things you love and that bring you joy. Everything else needs to go. This seems like a foreign concept...and at first it was a bit difficult. It is hard to get rid of things!! But once you get going, it does become easier and faster!
Here are a few of my before photos:
|Pajama tops and bottoms|
|Loads of bags and purses|
|Then I was ready! I pulled all of the "keepers" out of my closet and
everything out to see. I determined the best location for each category,
and worked to organize it in the most KonMari way possible.
|Remember that pile of pajama pants above....|
now they are KonMari folded and stored vertically in the bin.
:: Socks should never be balled -- it wears out the elastic and stretches them out. Okay, that makes sense. But then she talks about how socks work so hard when they are on our feet, and when they are in our drawer they are getting to rest. So we should fold them in a non-stressing way and thank them for their service as we put them away. :) Seems a bit silly...but I must say, my socks might feel a little different on my feet now, after being folded instead of balled :)
:: Every day when she comes home, the first thing she does is put her purse away. Everything inside her purse is organized in smaller bags. She takes these out of the purse, puts them all in a specific storage place, and thanks her purse by letting it rest. Then in the morning, she places everything back in the purse. I can't seem to get on board with this...though I have started to put my items in smaller bags within the purse -- it keeps the purse insides tidy. :)
So...the KonMari Method -- I definitely recommend it! Grab the book and give it a quick read. See how you can apply it to your life. Use the concepts you like, disregard the others. Make it your own. I can't wait to do the rest of our house!