Closets! How many times have you looked at the contents of your closet and wondered why you have nothing to wear? (Or nothing you want to wear?) Most of our closets are full of everything from our favorite designer jeans to the cocktail dress we wear maybe twice a year. Some items languish at the back to the point where you’ve forgotten you even have them.
Wouldn’t it be lovely to open your closet and only see things you love? You may already have heard about the how-to phenom, Marie Kondo and her book, The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up, and her trademarked KonMari Method. I’m here to spread the tidying love with a three-part series to help you build a wardrobe you’re proud of and a closet that leaves you with a zen-like calm.
Since Kondo recommends attacking your clothing collection first, this is the perfect jumping off point for a personal tidying revolution and possibly the beginning of a great consignment adventure!
- Make the time. Rushing will not achieve the desired result. And don’t decide to start at 9pm, like I did–I ended up losing steam, and was forced to retreat to my bed leaving piles of clothes all over the living room, much to my boyfriend’s dismay. Do it all in one go if you can, but hey, we’re all human here, so we at Here We Go Again give you permission to take as much time as you need (as long as it gets done within a couple of days and doesn’t cause a fire hazard).
- Take every single article of clothing out before doing ANYTHING. Don’t even think about making any decisions before having every single clothing item in front of you. That means retrieving jackets from the hall closet, unpacking seasonal clothes hidden under the bed… EVERYTHING. You might feel like you’re drowning in clothes, but just wait–you’re about to make it safely back to the perfect wardrobe shore.
- Divide items by category. This will not only help avoid a possible avalanche, but it also puts each item in perspective. Once you see all your t-shirts next to each other, it will be easier to decide which are keepers and which are move-alongs. Kondo recommends this order:
- Tops (shirts, sweaters, etc)
- Bottoms (pants, skirts, etc)
- Clothes that should be hung (Jackets, coats, suits, dresses, etc)
- Bags (handbags, messenger bags, etc)
- Accessories (scarves, hats, belts, etc)
- Clothes for specific events (swimsuits, uniforms, etc)
- Pick up each item of clothing and ask yourself: “Does this spark joy?” Hint: If your reaction is anything like the woman’s above, that’s a No. Identifying the items you’re keeping out of guilt (i.e. that birthday present you never wore once) instead of joy will help you make your way to No, even if it’s an initial yes. If the answer is an immediate “Yes! I LOVE this,” then by all means, keep it. Check back for the next post, where I’ll go into some depth about scenarios that will undoubtedly arise in your tidying journey. We’re here to help!
- Kondo suggests thanking each item. They served you well. They probably even made you feel amazing at some point. It’s just time for them to give someone else joy now. Express your gratitude and move on.
- Divide your discard pile into “Donate” and “Consign.” This is where Here We Go Again can help! As a women’s designer consignment boutique, we can help re-home the women’s clothing items that have served you well to the next person who will appreciate them, whether that means setting up a consignment account or donating to Mainspring. We take items seasonally, so just give us a call ahead to find out what we’re currently taking (we are always on the hunt for amazing designer handbags and shoes). And don’t forget–the money you earn consigning those designer shoes will help fund your next upscale consignment shopping spree!
Have you tried this method? Or another? What’s most effective for you? Is tidying even necessary for you? Share your thoughts with us!