Hello everybody!! Or perhaps I should say Good News Everybody! I’ve finally had a chance to organize my clothes using the method described in The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up which means I am one step closer to never mentioning the book again.
Bahahahaha. Just kidding. I’ll be talking about this book for the rest of my life.
I keep my clothing in three places in the bedroom. I have two dressers with my casual clothes, socks, undergarments, and jeans; I hang the majority of my clothes in my closet.
I hate my closet. Yes it is walk-in, but it’s just a narrow little closet enough to hang clothes on one side. For the past five years, Scott’s clothes have hung right in front of the door while my clothes were relegated to the inside half of the closet. As I’m the one who uses the closet every single day (most of his clothes are in a dresser), I decided that the first course of action to the closet was to push his clothes to the back and put mine in the front. Yay Me!
Back up, Trish. That wasn’t the first course of action…just the one I looked forward to the most.
How To Get Started: Marie Kondo, the author of LCMoTU, says that the first step is to take all of the clothes off the racks and out of the drawers. The second step is to handle each item (yes, you must hold each item) and ask whether this item brings you joy. If the item does not bring you joy, donate it (or purge it somehow). If the item brings you joy, it can stay.
I started with my drawers–each one individually since they all have different purposes. I’m a packrat so have been holding onto some tshirts since high school. Some that remind me of my husband but never wear (I stole them when we were dating). Tshirts that are threadbare or that I just don’t like. Gone gone gone. I admit that I did cut an insignia out of the breast of one shirt in case I ever decide to scrapbook. Hey…baby steps.
If items are folded, Marie Kondo says that they should be standing up in a file instead of laying stacked on top of one another. I scoffed and said this would take too much time when folding laundry, but then I folded my clothes this way AND IT WAS A MIRACLE. I can see every shirt in my drawer! Plus there is space to boot. I can find all of my tank tops on the left and all of my tshirts on the right. The middle are frequently worn tanks and sleep shirts. MIRACLE!! Plus, it really just takes an extra fold.
I should have kept track of everything I got rid of, but I was able to purge jeans that were over 10 years old and had no prayer of fitting again (and really shouldn’t be worn anyway). I got rid of workout tops that still have the tags on them but are too small and will continue to be too small. I got rid of holey tshirts and wild and crazy biker tshirts from Sturgis. All my bikinis are gone. Socks that I hate. Under things that I hate. Sweatpants from the college I attended as a freshman. Duplicate sweatshirts. Why was I hanging onto all of this stuff???
Next, I tackled my hanging dress pants and dresses. All of my old party dresses went out the door. Since my current job is much more casual than my previous job, I also let go of most of my dress pants. This also meant that several hangers could go!
Finally, my hanging shirts.
I am not a clothes horse and I have been doing some purging over the past couple of weeks as I would try something on and realize it didn’t make me happy, but something about taking out every single shirt I own was a bit overwhelming.
I found that in many cases the “is it joyful or not” process was quick. I got rid of most of my older clothes, the clothes that don’t fit well (this is tricky since in my current state I can wear very little in my closet), and clothes that just aren’t flattering or make me happy to wear. Gone gone gone. A couple of months ago I had to buy new hangers because I had run out…I was amazed at the giant stack of leftovers I had when the processes was done.
It was a workout just getting those clothes into bags for donation! I had already gone through my shoes a few weeks ago but had pared it down by half. My closet can likely still use a bit of work, but it’s a great start and once I can wear regular clothes again I vow not to let myself wear things that I hate or make me feel bad.
But really, the best part is having my clothes front and center. It’s ridiculous that I hadn’t done this earlier–and even though Scott moaned and groaned, I assured him that we could switch back in another 5 years. Since these are Pano pictures due to the length of my closet, it’s hard to see the difference, but I can tell how much more space is between all of those hangers. And when I’m not pregnant I’ll have even more space as that very first section will go back to storage.
A better picture. That’s it! All my clothes. Not just one season, but everything. No more things being so jammed together that they get lost. Hopefully this will make it easier to get dressed in the morning (one day when I don’t feel chub in everything I don).
Did I touch anything of Scott’s? Nope. Nope and nope. I went through the processes one morning that I took off from work so I wouldn’t be distracted by anyone so he only saw the aftermath. Marie Kondo specifically says not to touch other people’s mess. She does say that hopefully by going through the process yourself they will be inspired…but don’t hold your breath.
Have you read The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up? Inspired to look through your drawers and closet?
Inspiration on Monday
Welcome to the first July edition of Inspiration on Monday! Inspiration on Monday is a forum to share things that we’ve created and things that we are doing to help inspire others. Posts about projects in progress, finished projects, tutorials, and how-tos are all welcome. Feel free to share recipes, crafts, lifestyle, organizing, and DIY tips, and any other idea that can spark inspiration.
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The next Inspiration on Monday will be June 20th . What inspiration has struck you lately?