Here’s how to organise your clothes using the KonMari Method. The first category to tackle is clothing. Marie recommends starting with clothes because it is the most straightforward category – we all know which of our clothes make us feel good, or ‘spark joy’, and which do not.
If you missed the introductory post in my KonMari series, you can read it here.
The proper order
Marie takes categorisation a step further, and gives the order in which clothing should be organised:
- items that should be hung
- extra items
- clothes for specific events
Gather up every item of clothing that you own, going room to room and uncovering lost socks and forgotten t-shirts. It is well worth double checking for anything you may have overlooked at this point, as Kondo’s principle is that you should automatically discard anything that you discover afterwards. The only exception to this rule is items that are currently in the laundry.
Place your collection on the floor in a pile. Pick up each piece in turn. Hold it in your hands and ask yourself ‘does this spark joy?’ If it does, then you should keep it. If it doesn’t, Marie recommends that you thank it for its service, and then discard it.
The idea of thanking an item for its service may feel a little strange, but I encourage you to go with it, as it is all part of the process. It takes a bit of getting used to but, like most new strategies, it does become more natural over time.
How to organise your clothes using the KonMari Method
Kondo goes into detail about how you should store your clothes and has her own unique way of folding them to optimise space in your closet. The follow-up to Life-Changing Magic, entitled Spark Joy, includes illustrations to show you how to employ her technique. There are also several videos depicting the method on YouTube, but this one from How To Get Your Shit Together is my personal favourite.
I cannot recommend Kondo’s method of folding highly enough – it has been a game-changer in our home! The only part of it that I don’t hold with is the idea of folding socks. I’m a die-hard sock baller, and I won’t apologise for that.
Now that I’ve explained the process, it’s time for the fun part; the before and after photos!
My youngest sons clothes:Before
My eldest sons clothes:Before
Even though I’ve done this category several times before, the last time being just a few months ago, I still found a lot of clothes that I didn’t want. I listed 12 items on eBay and took two carrier bags full of clothes to the local charity shop.
Sorting through the kids’ clothes was an eye-opening experience. We donated two black garbage bags filled to the brim with kids clothes to charity alongside the haul of my stuff.
My one regret is that I didn’t make a note of how many items I got rid of, as I think it would have been interesting to look back on later once I’ve purged the entire house.
Now that you’ve seen how to organise your clothes using the KonMari Method, it’s time to get on and get it done. I’d love to see your progress, so drop me a comment with your before and after pics.