I was tired of organizing the same thing over and over.
Do you know what I mean?
I would straighten the kid’s closets only to find all the clothes on the floor a few days later.
I would completely reorganize the master closet only to find it in shambles several weeks later.
Straighten, reorganize, fix. Repeat. Repeat. Repeat.
Do you ever feel like this?
It was frustrating. Until one teeny tiny book came into my hands.
And just like that, my outlook on organization was turned upside down.
Clutter makes me anxious. Anyone else with me?
Clutter makes me less productive. Have you ever felt that way?
If you want to stop reorganizing and for once stay on top of the clutter, then THIS IS THE PLACE FOR YOU.
And just like that, our journey with the KonMari Method begins.
In order to make this method work for you, there are a couple of ground rules to cover.
You want to be sure that you do these couple of things before you even start.
I do not want you to make the same mistakes that I have made.
First things first.
Let go of your previous notions about what to keep and not keep.
You are only keeping things that spark joy.
You will not hold onto things because you feel guilty that it was a gift.
You will not hold onto things because you might need them later.
I know this is hard, but it is the only way to make this work and make it truly life-changing.
You have to let go, and you MUST learn to organize by category.
I used to organize room by room, and it was not until I stumbled upon the KonMari method that I began to realize why it does not work.
Remember how I told you one teeny tiny book completely changed my outlook on organizing? It was all because of Marie Kondo’s book The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up.
I was so enthralled with her first book, that I just had to have her second one: Spark Joy.
Let’s get to work. It is time to cut through that clutter.
I am going to share with you how to use the KonMari Method with kids.
I have successfully used this method with my family of 7, and I know you can too!
But where to start?
You will need to work with your spouse to decide how this will look for you as a couple.
I go through my husband’s clothes and then show him the donate and sell pile before making any huge decisions.
Here is the nitty gritty:
STEP 1: Set up your area.
- A trash bag or box for items you will be donating.
- A bag or box for items you will be selling.
- A trash bag for (you guessed it) trash.
- A basket to put things in that do not belong in your closet.
Basically, each and every item you touch that you are not keeping will be donated, sold, thrown away, or put somewhere else.
STEP 2: Touch each item.
Go through each and every item of clothing in your closet (and your spouse’s closet) that is a top. Hold it in your hand and make a super quick decision.
Does this spark joy?
Would I put this on right now and feel amazing?
Does it make me happy and joyful and ready to tackle the day?
If the answer is no, decide if you will donate it, sell it, or throw it away.
- Do not keep something because someone gave it to you as a gift. If it does not spark joy for YOU, it is gone.
- Do not keep something because you might need it someday.
- If it is a sentimental item that you want to keep, put it in the “to go somewhere else” basket. Once you are done, set up a bin in your storage area specifically for keepsake items. Be careful and make sure they are truly keepsake items.
- Do not keep something because one day it might work. If it does not work today, let it go.
STEP 3: Decide on storage options.
Once you have gone through each and every item and decided what to do with it, look at your closet and decide what is the best storage solution for these tops. For me, I hang my tops that do best hung up and KonMari fold the ones that can be folded.
I even further organize my tops into “date night” nicer tops and casual “everyday” tops. This will look different for you depending on whether you work outside of the home, etc. Make it work for your wardrobe.
For my husband, I have decided to fold his t-shirts and then divide his hanging shirts by dress shirts and casual shirts (the same basic idea as mine).
Here are some steps on how to KonMari fold and a quick tutorial for adult clothes:
This is for short sleeve items:
- Lay the item flat facedown.
- For short-sleeve items, fold the shirt half way in and then fold the other side in to meet it. Now fold the short sleeves back away.
- Take the bottom of the garment and fold it 3/4 of the way towards the top of the item.
- Now fold it over in half.
- Then fold over in half again until the garment is standing on its own.
Now that you know how to do this, and you will never want to fold another way again! And if this is not the official way Marie Kondo does it, this is the way I have learned to do it, and it has stuck!
For long sleeve items, the only difference is that you fold the arms in and the bottoms up before you do step 2. Here is an example:
For hanging items, I like to turn my hangers when I have worn an item.
This helps me to know when I have recently worn something as well as keep track of what I am not wearing so I can reevaluate if I need to donate or sell that item. I keep my hanging in-season items up front and my hanging out-of-season items in the back. For folded clothes, I keep my in-season items lower and my out-of-season items higher.
STEP 4: Do a quick recheck.
Now that you have gone through each and every top in your closet, check them over one more time. I always do a quick recheck just to make sure I took everything out that is no longer needed. This is crucial so that you will not have to redo and reorganize your closet often. It will stay clean and organized when it is not cluttered.
STEP 5: Check other areas of your home.
If you have a separate closet or storage bin for out-of-season clothes, go find it. Any shirt or top that is there needs to be looked at and a decision made. I have reached my ideal situation of all clothes in one closet without any extra storage.
STEP 6: Finish it up!!
Finish by taking care of those baskets. First, throw away the trash. Next, put the donation bin in your car. Take the basket of items that do not belong in your closet and find a proper home for them. If it is a precious keepsake item, put it into a special bin in your storage area. Find ways to sell the items.
Also, be careful of letting others in your family con you into keeping something that you have decided to donate or sell. If your gut says that it is a goner, stick to it. You will be much happier with less clutter.