Now that I’ve officially gone through all of my things and kept the ones that spark joy, I’ve been focusing on tidying and organizing. I started minimalism before learning about the KonMari Method so I didn’t sort through my items in that way but I am using her folding and organization techniques! But today I’m going to introduce you to my friend Amanda. Amanda is a lifestyle Youtuber and vlogger that had questions for me about minimalism and sorting through her clothes. I nearly fell over in excitement! This post will show you how we started the KonMari Method with sorting through and folding clothes.
The great thing about the KonMari Method is that you are organizing and decluttering by category, not space. I went over the basics with Amanda and then asked that we gather all her clothes and put them in a pile on her bed. As you can see in the pictures here, she had quite a large pile!
After we gathered all her clothes, I told her to go through each item and ask herself if it sparked joy. One of Amanda’s concerns was that she was wanting to lose weight so there were a few clothing items that no longer fit her and some she wanted to keep. Another friend of mine, also looking into the “sparking joy” concept, had mentioned the same thing about wanting to lose weight for their clothes. I told Amanda the same thing I told my friend – if the item still sparks joy for you then keep it! The other thing to think about with these items is if you’re keeping it because you like it or if you’re using it as motivation to lose weight. Things we generally save to motivate us to do something don’t actually motivate us. We use it as an excuse to keep it or feel validated in the decision to keep it. For example, last fall I lost about ten pounds. I’ve already purchased new pants and got rid of ones that were now too big. However, I can’t let go of my shorts just yet. I wasn’t planning on losing weight and I’ve been doing what I can to gain some back. All my shorts bring me joy but not all of them fit me. So, my plan is to keep them until spring/summer arrive and if they are still too big then they’ll be donated! You can always find similar clothing items at any time and you’ll probably find an item that looks and fits better on you too! It’s a win all the way around.
In the end, here was everything Amanda found that did not spark joy for herself. This included all different kinds of clothing, shoes, accessories, and purses. We separated what was in the bags by what she wanted to sell, donate, and throw away.
After we sorted through all of her clothing and accessories, it was time to fold and organize! We kept her jackets, sweaters, and nicer shirts hung up in her closet. The rest of her shirts, pants, and shorts were folded and put in the dressers. When we started putting away all her clothes, Amanda was in awe with how much her room had changed! In the pictures below, you can see how much nicer her clothing looks and how much easier it will be to find items. I realized after this whole process that I forgot to take a before picture of her closet! To paint a picture for you, it was squished from end to end with clothes, making it impossible to find items easily. There were also so many clothes hanging that the wooden pole started to bend!
Talking with Amanda afterwards, we both could sense a completely different energy in her room. It was less cluttered and everything was perfectly in the right place! She is now reading a copy of Marie’s book The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up: The Japanese Art of Decluttering and Organizing to continue her KonMari Method journey!
You can check out Amanda’s Youtube here!