Ever heard of Marie Kondo? She is a Japanese organizing consultant with a hit Netflix show called Tidying Up With Marie Kondo. She is also the author of the best selling book "The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up" which has been published in over 30 countries and is a mega best seller. Kondo's practice which she has coined as the Konmari Method encourages tidying by category (not by location), beginning with clothes, books, papers, komono (miscellaneous items), and finally, sentimental items.
To say this show and this practice has been a craze over the past few years is a huge understatement, and it seems there are many winners in those who practice the Konmari Method. Not only are people clearing their personal spaces of clutter and things that hold no "happiness" value to them, but thrifters and resellers are having a huge moment cashing in on the items that are being discarded. Its a win-win situation if you ask me.
As a small business owner who happens to own a clothing shop, it is assumed that I have amassed a huge collection of clothing. While I do love to shop, I'm pretty selective at what makes it into my personal closet at home. I also make it a point to support other small businesses by shopping small where I can and as often as I can. That's not to say that I don't order from Amazon, make Target runs, etc., but I will say that I'm pretty proud at the way I've intentionally shopped in the last few years.
The act (art?) of Kondo'ing your closet is multi-faceted. I find that the people who choose to put the method to use fall into one of the following categories:
- The sheer amount of things they own has encroached on their personal space and is therefore causing anxiety/stress
- They want to buy more/newer things, and thus need the space. Hence, the cleanse or declutter
- Moving or downsizing has initiated a rampage of cleaning/decluttering
Whatever your reason for Kondo'ing might be, there is an overall amount of "waste" that is generated because of this practice. Driving all these items down to the local Goodwill might feel good in theory, but in actuality many of these items still end up in a landfill because they don't meet the requirements of the donation facilities. My best advice is to pass-on or give your items to friends or family who might have a need for it. Invite friends over to shop your discards and see if they can't go to another good home. Re-sell what you can. And make new purchases with the future in mind.
My husband and I have don't share a closet, but we do have his and hers closets. Thankfully for me, he is a very organized person and keeps a pristine closet. On the other hand, I go in spurts - one week its super organized, the next week clothes are tossed around our bathroom or haphazardly thrown into my closet. I utilize an unoccupied bedroom closet to house non-essential items like dresses and business attire, and I also have storage bins with seasonal weather items. My goal for this series is to go through each space WITH you, the Assembly audience, to declutter and hopefully to donate or pass these goods on to another home.
SO - I hope you follow along on this blog series (and on Instagram Live or IGTV) as I attempt to Kondo my clothing collection. Stay tuned!
be good to each other -