Wardrobe Declutter | Konmari method by Marie Kondo 

Updated: May 29, 2020

Starting of my second round of Konmari-ing my home. New home though, so a whole new ballgame. Though I have definitely kept some of the tips going since last time, some things never found their place in my new home and others have lost their spark of joy for me in the meantime. Things change right? The Konmari method advises to organise by category, not by space as is so often the case. There are five categories to go through; Clothing, Books, Papers, Komono (kitchen, bathroom, everything stuff) and Sentimental items. This time I want to share my journey.

First up, is the wardrobe. Declutter, organise and style!

'BEFORE 'image of the wardrobe - everything is packed


Have you envisioned what you want your wardrobe to look like? Try to think of your ideal wardrobe and write down the vision, make a vision board, use pinterest or draw something on a piece of paper. This is the fun first part of the tidying process in the Konmari method.

It can be a bit overwhelming, but the next point of action is to take all of your clothes out, from really everywhere in the house, and put them in one spot. Extra tip is to do a few loads of laundry the days before as well, so really everything is there and you can best compare your clothes. For most people, this turns into quite a pile, so be sure to think about where you choose to do this. For me, it was the bed, I was quite certain to finish quickly enough this time as I had already decluttered a lot of my stuff. Last time I remember I just used the middle of my living room. This part is the shock-effect Marie Kondo talks about in her book, Spark Joy. And I must say it was still quite a pile and more than I had thought, so the shock-effect was still there! This is the moment you think: 'What have I gotten myself into now?', 'everything is out of place', 'What if everything sparks joy and I can't find anything to discard?', 'What if I don't have any pants left and nothing sparks joy?'

That's when you just have to get on with it and start with the first piece, anything will do. Keep it up in the air in front of you and try to feel how it makes you feel. Do you wear it often? How do you feel when you wear it? Does it hold a special place in your heart?

To decide where the piece ends up, I suggest to make space for three sorting stations, one for things to discard/sell or donate, one 'maybe'- pile and one for things you are sure you want to keep. The discard and sell/donate pile got split up halfway for me, as there were some really good, hardly used items and some clothing that was very much worn and wouldn't be at all suited to donate. So four stations might be an option for you as well.

While going through all of your clothes, one by one, you're suppose to thank the items you are discarding before you let them go, and in the books Marie Kondo explains the importance of doing this, AND preferably out loud. I had a hard time doing this, as I think I'm quite a rational person. I do remember doing this part very well in my first round, and though I laughed about it, it did make it easier to let certain items go and get used to the process, so I would definitely still recommend doing this.

Even though I felt I wouldn't have anything left to declutter beforehand I got rid of 37 items in total, of which 4 were bags, I threw out 6 items right away, and I donated the rest. Unbelievable! It is motivating me to think twice before I buy any new items for my wardrobe and I also now which items spark joy for me and are 'safe' to buy more of if needed. I also found I'm in need of a few items that I'm missing and I wrote it down on my to buy list, so as soon as I go to the stores this month I'll be able to be sure of what to focus on.

Then re-organising starts. Easiest to first put back, in my opinion, are the clothes for hanging. These are all clothes that look better hanging then folded. Often jackets, dresses, blouses vests and skirts mainly. Hang longer items to the left and shorter ones to the right of your clothing rack, so the clothes move 'upward'. If you want you can also hang color coordinated, but for me that isn't necessary. Then the typical Konmari Folding Method is applied to all the rest of the clothes. Basically, you fold the clothing to a square and then fold 3 or 4 times so it can stand upright and be vertically placed in the drawers. This way you can always see all items in the drawer in one glance and you won't miss anything, have no stuff that can't be found or have any items left in your wardrobe that doesn't spark joy, as when you do you will notice and be able to get rid of it right away!


'AFTER' images of the wardrobe- so proud of these drawers and the basket up top is empty!


I'm so ready to get going on the books as well now. I do feel I will have to involve my husband in this second category, as many of the books I have, we share. I wonder how that will influence the process, but I will let you know in my next blog in this series.

As this project will be the second time to organise my items with the Konmari Method by Marie Kondo, this time I wanted to focus on the styling of the spaces more, which seems to get forgotten a lot when people are following this method. Focus is usually on the decluttering part and on organisation of the items and categories individually, without getting back to the vision of the space that was the motivation and inspiration to start the decluttering in the first place. I will get back to this when I have decluttered all of my categories, as I too am very focussed on the decluttering and organisation part for now. That part is kind of addictive and all consuming at the moment.

In the end though, the styling part is the part that was most present when envisioning my spaces beforehand and styling spaces is what sparks joy for me, so I will get to this. Let me know in the comments what part of the Konmari method you are most excited about.

NL: wil je een boek lezenover de Konmari Methode.En vind je het handig als de methode aan de hand van een case-study wordt uitgelegd. Lees dan de manga versie van het bekende boek Opgeruimd! van Marie Kondo

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