HOW TO DECLUTTER YOUR WARDROBE
Since reading (well, skim-reading) Marie Kondo’s book The Life Changing Magic of Tidying, I’ve got to thinking about the amount of stuff we all have in our lives and our homes.
In 2016, one of my goals was to stop hoarding and this year, I said I wanted to live a more minimalist lifestyle. The more I think about it, the more I think that I’m not sure I could be (or want to be) a minimalist but I’m much more interested in Marie Kondo’s approach which is simply ensuring that you love every single thing you own; ensuring that everything you own sparks joy. By asking yourself the question, “does this item bring me joy?”, you will naturally be more selective and probably have less stuff but I really like that the focus is on happiness and not a quantity of stuff that you are or aren’t “allowed” to own.
Coincidentally, shortly after finishing the book, I met Eliette (on the left) and Marieke who recently started their own home detox company called Clarity and who are the first group of women to train with Marie Kondo herself outside of Japan. As soon as we met, we bonded over the same fundamental values of having a happy home and thought it would be fun to showcase what they do through a video where we go through my wardrobe and get a better understanding of how they are helping women of all ages in Switzerland concentrate on the good. They have some amazing stories of how women have changed their lives after a session with them.
The girls took every single item of clothing out of my wardrobe and handed them to me one by one as I decided whether that item sparked joy or not. As Marieke and I were sitting on the bed going through the items, Eliette was organising them in the cupboard, deciding what needs to be hung up or folded and where things should go.
Having this sort of help as you’re doing what feels like a mammouth of a task is so helpful and as much of a control freak as I am, they placed everything in a place that just made sense.
At the end of the session, I had 3 huge IKEA bags of clothes and shoes that I chose to donate to charity and my wardrobe was looking amazing.
This is the summer section:
As they say in the video, they suggest not putting your winter clothes away (as long you have enough space) so you have an overview of everything you own and to avoid that daunting task of switching over your summer and winter wardrobes.
Other important points that we didn’t have time to cover in the video are:
- Having coat hangers that are all the same so your eyes are drawn to the clothes
- Having a few plain shoe boxes to put things in if you don’t have many drawers
- Think about keeping Ladurée boxes to fold up really tiny things like your knickers
- Organising your clothes from dark to light colours
- Only putting things away that are ready to be worn. Things that need to be taken to a professional, dry cleaned, be fixed, etc. should go in your action box to be dealt with
It was such a rewarding experience and as much as I actually doubted whether I would manage to keep my wardrobe as it is in these photos, it’s been a few weeks now and I have been putting things back just as they organised them.
A huge thank you to Eliette and Marieke, two absolutely amazing women! They are twins (as you have probably already guessed) and just have the best energy and the kindest of hearts.
I cannot recommend doing this enough, either with the help of the girls or by yourself. If you want to get in touch with Eliette and Marieke, make sure to check out their website or just pop them an email (firstname.lastname@example.org)!
Thanks so much for stopping by! I’d love to know what you think about these sorts of videos and posts!
Lots of love and joy and all the good energy sent your way to help you start decluttering and keeping only the things that spark joy. xS