Monday, August 10, 2015

Closet Cleanout

Post 30 x 30 and reading The Life Changing Magic of Tidying Up, I followed Fran's tips, as well as the strategy outlined in the book, to clean things out and figure out my priorities.

1 // Find Inspiration - 


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2 // Look for What's the Same -


Layers,  neutral colors + little pops of color, monochrome patterns, classic feminine shapes, covered arms (though that might be mostly because I'm viscerally craving fall), high necklines, minimal jewelry.

3 // Pick Your Colors - 

I tend to be most drawn to neutrals, especially after the whole 30 x 30 experience - black, gray, navy, camel, and chambray.  My hair/eye/skin colors also look best in cooler jewel tones - dark green, deep mustard (in small doses) and more saturated purples. I also really love red as an accent color, and get a lot of wear out of the few items I do have (Hunters, one skirt, 2 scarves). Weirdly, I also love and own a lot of periwinkle, so I'll go with it. Leather-wise, I own only black and cognac, so that seems like an easy decision.



4 // Dump All of Your Clothes Out and Sort

This was horrifying - the pile was massive, and there was stuff in it I didn't realize was still in my closet.  The pile is important though - you have to literally touch everything at least twice, which really helped me figure out if I needed it still. Once it was all out, I separated it into tops, bottoms, dresses and skirts.

5 // Ask the Questions and Make a Call

In the Tidying Up book, Kondo uses the question of joy to make decisions abut items - does it spark immediate joy?  I used that, but added in also, does it facilitate joy?  For example, my black cardigan alone doesn't spark joy, but it allows me to wear tops I love during the winter.  Worth keeping, 100%. I also used the information I learned from the first three steps, including the colors and shapes I prefer and get the most wear out of.

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6 // Fold the Right Way

Once my mahoosive discard pile was out of the way, I started putting away everything I was keeping. Kondo suggests folding everything so that you can stack it on it's side, instead of on top of itself.  This was a huge revelation - I folded my shirts according to her method and they took up literally half of the space that they had previously.  My previously overflowing drawers are now organized and, more importantly, I can see and use everything!

To be honest, my clothes situation took up most of a Saturday - it was a lot of work, and was exhausting. But now, I occasionally open my drawers just to admire how beautifully laid out they are.  Well worth the effort!

3 comments:

  1. Good for you for doing this! Brave woman. And you've got some good inspiration there :)

    ~Sarah of Sarah's Real Life

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  2. It's amazing how much the Marie Kondo book inspires purging and reducing possessions to only the ones you really want. I know it certainly had that effect on me, and it's currently doing the same for the friends I lent the book to. I'm currently reading Zero Waste Home which is helping give a slightly different perspective to a similar subject.

    I LOVE your inspiration collection! I would seriously wear every single one of the outfits you pinned there. Looking forward to seeing how this influences your purchases going forward :D

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  3. Great post! Love your inspiration board. I recently read Kondo's book as well and have constantly started asking myself.. "does this spark joy?".

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