I've been fairly absent from the blog lately, and with good reason. I very quickly devoured the book 'The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up' by Marie Kondo, and immediately got to work. I'll go into a review of the book later this week [I gave my copy to my Mom to read while she's on a trip, so I don't have the copy to take quotes from right now]. But for now, I thought I'd take you through certain parts of the process, starting things off with clothes.
Marie has an order she recommends you tidy, and it first begins with your clothes, since they're usually the easiest to discard. There's less emotional attachment to clothes than there are to many of the other things cluttering our lives. Prior to this task, I'd already discarded two garbage bags of clothes, but I still managed to find A LOT more to part with.
The first step is finding every single piece of clothing they own. For me, that involved bringing all the clothes I have at my studio home, scouring closets, storage bins, and every possible corner of the house. It took me a good hour just to get everything in one place. As you can see, I found quite a bit of clothing!
Here's what my closet looked like once I removed all the clothing, and all the storage bins and other bit and bobs cluttering up this space. The beauty of a blank slate!
After going through every piece of clothing, making sure to handle each piece and think 'does this bring me joy?', I was able to discard FIVE more bags of clothing! There were some pieces I was unsure of, since I wasn't sure how they fit, so I did try on some things, which helped me keep and discard a few more bits [including that striped tank you see in the photo above]. It was a target purchase, and I've never found it very flattering, so off it went!
I can't get enough of my color coordinated zip up hoodies! There's little that makes me happier [sad, I know!]. I always manage to use the same two hoodies, so maybe now I'll actually make use of the rest of my stash. And if I find myself never using certain pieces, to the discard bin they'll go!
I've always been good about hanging and organizing my dresses and tops, but the biggest change Marie helped me see was the importance of properly folding your clothes. Above you can see all my workout clothes [ie: LOTS of yoga pants and tops] neatly folded and arranged.
Here, I've folded my sweatshirt collection quite nicely [I used to have MANY more, but managed to whittle things down a bit more]. Here's a link to a video for folding long sleeved shirts. I had to modify this a bit with the thick sweatshirts, but I'm surprised at how speedy I'm becoming at this method of folding!
One thing I did differently than Marie was my sock drawer. I did opt to start folding my socks a bit nicer [before I would just scrunch them into a ball and invert one sock onto the other], but rather than have them all sitting vertically side by side, I kept my sock organizer and just put the socks into each little cubby. This has always worked well for me, and lets me easily see which type of sock I'd like to use.
for my bras, I'm definitely preferring her method of having them all standing up vertically. Usually, this drawer is just stuffed with them, and I never manage to find the exact one I want. Here's a link to how he folds the perfect underwear drawer. I also have a few t-shirts tucked in the back, but things are SO much tidier!
Next drawer has all my skirts at the front, perfectly folded and organized, along with more t-shirts tucked in the back. [can you see already I have a tshirt problem...?!?]
Oh don't worry, more t-shirts! I got rid of a few more since I took these photos, so at this point I'm down to 30 shirts. I probably had at least 50 prior to this project, so this is pretty good for me! At least a quarter of these shirts are from Boston College [my alma mater] and I can't bear to part with ANY of them! They're also some of my most comfortable shirts, so I actually use them!
The final drawer houses all my pj pants, shorts, and a few winter sets [including my beloved doggy Christmas pjs!]. Folding all my tops and bottoms this way is just magical. At a glance, I can see every single piece, without having to rummage through my drawers. Yes, laundry day will take me a little more time and effort, but I can already see an improvement in my everyday life. I can instantly pick out what I want to wear, and when I decide not to wear something I've removed from the drawers, I promptly fold it back and put it in its place.
I nearly forgot to include a shot of my dress closet! It's just to the left of my walk in closet. The reason I need this separate closet is because right now I don't have a spot where I have enough length to hang longer pieces like dresses and full length coats. I did just put the closet rod in here, which is making hanging dresses a breeze!
Curious about how many clothes I started out with? Here's a time lapse video of the insane process of piling up ALL the clothes I own in one spot. the good thing about putting it all on my bed was I had virtually no choice but to finish this before the end of the night, or else I'd have no place to sleep! It was a massive success, and my brain already feels more