No one knows clutter clearing better than bestselling author Marie Kondo. So of course I had to read her book when it came out.
Our closets are sacred spaces that help us prepare for our day. And now is the time of year many of us feel like spring-cleaning them. When you want to make a major change in your life like a new job or a promotion, letting go of garments that are no longer a reflection of you and refreshing the image you present to the world, helps attract what you want.
So to help you on your journey, here are a few tips based on Marie Kondo’s methods:
1. Before you start, visualize your destination – Picture how you want your closet to look. Your life to look. Ask yourself what your personal goals are for the year, for the next five years. This will give you an idea of the types of clothes you require to achieve your goals. And help you prioritize your shopping.
2. Choose the items that move you towards the destination you visualized- For example; if your goal this year is to do more things on Saturdays with your husband, you want to make sure you have some looks for the occasion. You will be more likely to plan and go. If your one year goal is to get promoted to the next level within the executive suite, it will be easy to decide which pieces in your closet are elevated enough for this next role.
3. Start by discarding, all at once, and completely- When you are editing discard everything first. This is the surest way of making concrete headway. Otherwise, you start, and get distracted by your busy life. When you are ready to go back to clearing you forgot where you left off, and the process is diluted.
4. Place every item of clothing in the house on the floor – According to Marie Kondo, everything comes out of all your closets at once! You will definitely need to set aside a day in order to properly complete this. It’s sounds scary but I can see how this would be most effective as I myself have a half- finished closet project. I get so busy focusing on my clients, I forget my own closet!
5. Selection Criterion: Ask yourself- does this outfit spark joy? Marie Kondo says the moment you start focusing on how to choose what to throw away you have veered off course. Focus on what you want to keep, not what you want to get rid of. The best criterion for whether or not to keep an item is to ask yourself does it make you happy? Pick up each piece of clothing and hold it in your hand. Ask yourself when I wear this outfit does it spark joy? If the answer is no – thank the item for its service and let it go.
Imagine yourself living in a space surrounded only by things that spark joy. Isn’t this the lifestyle we dream of? Keep only the items that speak to your heart, then take the plunge and discard the rest.
6. Starting with momentos spells certain failure –People have a hard time discarding things they can still use, things that contain helpful information like a scarf-tying guide, and things that have emotional ties, like a necklace you bought on an amazing business trip to India, but never wear. Start with neutral territory like socks, and pants.
NOTE: Beware, if the item is also hard to find or replace, it makes it even harder to part with – and make these decisions last.
Happy spring closet clearing!
P.S. Readers, what is the hardest thing for you to let go of in your closet?