Spring is on its way and it’s time for a bit of seasonal cleaning.
I’m not suggesting you get out the marigolds – that can wait for another day – but this month we’re cleaning out the most important cupboard in the house. That’s right, your wardrobe.
Or is it wardrobes, plural? Or is it wardrobes plus the airing cupboard and the closet in the spare room?
Just how many clothes do you have in your house? DO you love each and every item?
Most of us wear just 20% of what we own and we haven’t even seen over 50% of our clothes for over a year. Our cupboards are bursting with unloved, unworn items that are clogging up our lives.
Now is the time to take action.
Just imagine how lovely it would be to have your clothes organised, easy to access, and ready to wear. Every item something you enjoy wearing and you know makes you look fabulous.
Let me tell you about my new best friend.
Marie Kondo is a Japanese organising phenomenon. She is all over the press and TV with her tidying and organising methodology nicknamed the KonMari method. There are Youtube videos, books and courses. Who would have thought you could make a fortune by showing people how to tidy their houses?
So how does it work? Let’s take your wardrobe as an example. You take every single item of clothing you own and pile it all up on the bedroom floor. Then starting with your tops you take each item in your hands and ask yourself “does this spark joy? ” If the answer is yes, you keep it. If not you toss it.
And you work through each type of clothing until you have a pile of clothes you love and a pile of clothes you don’t love. It sounds too simple to be effective but, trust me, it works.
I’ve spent years helping women sort out their wardrobes, and this has the most remarkable results.
When I first I worked my way through the method, I discarded around a third of my wardrobe, much of it hardly worn. The charity shops in St Leonards will be heaving with my unloved clothes. Hopefully someone will rehouse them and give them the love they deserve. And that’s the point. They didn’t give me any joy so removing them from my life allows me to focus on the things that do.
The next stage is to organise your loved possessions in a way that you can access them easily. Marie insists that folding is the most practical way to store clothing, and, here’s the most radical thing, placing them vertically in your drawer.
It’s hard to describe hold to fold them correctly so I suggest you check it out on the internet or get the book, but I promise you, she’s right. Not only are my tops, trousers and underwear easy to find, they emerge without a crease.
I hang only those items it’s impractical to fold – flimsy tops and dresses, bulky coats and jackets. I have more space and I’ve rediscovered outfits I’d forgotten. Getting dressed in the morning is a doddle. And, because everything has a designated space, it’s easy to keep tidy – which is a major breakthrough for me!
The method works for everything in your house, garden, and office. So if, like me, you want more order in your life, I highly recommend this little book.