There are so many closet organization strategies, but recently, a decluttering queen has become quite famous for introducing us to her method for a complete closet overhaul.
If you haven’t heard of the decluttering queen Marie Kondo, she is a tidying expert who has shared her method for organizing that has become a sensation.
With Marie’s method, you ask yourself “does this spark joy?” and you only keep possessions that spark joy within you.
If we apply this to our wardrobes, you will be left with only the clothes you love and wear, and everything else will go. With this method, your entire wardrobe will spark joy every day, making it easier for you to define your style and effortlessly put together outfits.
Ms. Kondo’s minimalist method called the KonMari method can bring you the confidence to organize your closet and get rid of anything that no longer serves a purpose for you.
What Does it Mean to “Spark Joy?”
According to the KonMari method, look at each piece of clothing, accessories, handbags, etc. and ask yourself, “does this [insert object here] spark joy?”
If it does spark joy, you keep it, if it doesn’t, you lovingly toss it or donate it. We can easily know what sparks joy for us, because you will be instantly aware of how much you love a certain purse or pair of shoes, just like the first day you bought them. But, if you feel indifferent, you’ll know right away.
Maybe you have dozens of items that you begrudgingly wear but they don’t spark joy, so it’s time to let them go and keep and wear only what you L-O-V-E!
It might seem daunting to look into your closet and decide to get rid of everything that doesn’t “spark joy” but if you do it, the process is easy, and afterward your entire closet will spark joy. Now, that sounds fantastic!
The Steps to Sparking Joy
When applying the KonMari method to our closets, there are some essential recommendations from the organization expert.
1. Fully Commit to the Organization Process
You might start by scheduling a day to begin your organization journey or set up an appointment with a wardrobe stylist to assist you with the hard decisions. Know that organization is refreshing and can be the start of a new you. Especially while the seasons are changing, committing to getting rid of old clothes that don’t fit can feel really rewarding.
2. Imagine Your Ideal Lifestyle When Organizing Your Wardrobe
Do you know how to define your personal style? When you begin the organization process, it’s good to have an idea in mind about the types of items you want to keep. Luckily, with the KonMari method, asking if each item sparks joy is an easy way to figure it out. When you’re done, you’ll have a closet full of clothes you absolutely love.
3. Decide What Sparks Joy
Sort through your closet and while looking at and holding each item, decide if it sparks joy. If it does, you automatically keep it, of course!
Anything that doesn’t immediately spark joy, will be kept in a separate pile. According to Marie, she recommends saying “thank you” to the unwanted item and give it away in gratitude. This can make the separation process a lot easier for many people. Have gratitude for the pieces that no longer spark joy and resell them online or donate them, bringing joy to another woman who will love them.
A third pile can be for things you are unsure about. You can go back to them and reassess your feelings about them. After you’ve made your “joy” pile and “donation” pile, it will be easier to determine how you feel about the items in the “uncertain” pile.
4.Organize By Category
Now that you have clothes that only spark joy, you can easily organize and enjoy a clutter-free closet full of the clothes that make you feel your absolute best.
Need Extra Wardrobe Help?
While Marie Kondo’s minimalist method is very helpful, you might worry about doing it alone. So, that’s where a professional wardrobe stylist can assist your organizing efforts. Everything is easier when you have an expert by your side. If you feel overwhelmed, get in touch with us today!