Spring has sprung and I have began to purge my closet. A few months ago I read Marie Kondo’s best-selling novel, The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up, and she inspired me to really think of how I can utilize the space in all the rooms of my house in a more functional and useful way. For those who haven’t heard of Kondo, she is a Japanese organizing consultant who has transformed the lives of many through her teachings. The KonMari Method, as they call it, explains the way to blissful life is through tidying up. Her book breaks down her approach on how to declutter your home properly. The two most important lessons I learned upon reading her novel are:
- Ask yourself if the object you are holding sparks joy. If it doesn’t, thank it for it’s service and get rid of it.
- Once most joy-giving pieces remain, put each item in a place where it is visible, accessible and easy to grab. It is important to place item exactly where you found it when you are finished using it. I have found this lesson very useful when teaching my kids how to clean up their toys. I tell them their toys have homes and they need to go and sleep in their homes.
When beginning the purge of any closet the 5 important questions to ask yourself are:
- Does this fit?
- Have I worn this in the last 12 months?
- Does this fit my current style/personality?
- Would I buy this if I were shopping now?
- Does this make me feel confident?
Of course we want to keep the clothes that make us feel great. By applying KonMari’s teachings, keeping only items that spark joy during the spruce up, it will be the first step to an enchanting closet.