How I Marie Kondo’d My Closet And Why You Should Too!

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If you have been watching the news or scrolling any of your social media feeds, you more than likely have heard of the name Marie Kondo! She is a Japanese organizing consultant and author, who wrote the book “The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up” which is sold in 30 different countries and is a national best seller! It didn’t take long before I was instantly hooked on her methods.

The KonMari Method, as it is called, asks you to hold each possession and ask yourself whether it sparks joy, and if it doesn’t, thank it for its service and let it go. An area that has long needed some attention for me is my closet. I am the person with a closet full of clothes and nothing to wear! After 3 kids and 13 years of marriage I found myself holding onto certain items thinking “one day I will wear that again” or  “so and so gave this to me so I cant get rid of it!”
None of these thoughts were serving me at all. To be honest they were only holding me back, and making what should be an easy decision of “what to wear for the day?” an even harder one!
Clutter is simply just delayed decisions and the more decisions we delay the more cluttered our space will be. Every time I looked in my closet I had to sort through all of those delayed decisions. Looking at clothes that didn’t fit or didn’t serve a purpose only made it harder to make the decision of what I should wear that day! Being reminded of what you wore 5 years ago is just a distraction from what you are working on today. Sometimes those distractions are what keep us stuck. They also keep us from truly letting the past go and therefore looking forward to your future!
After I was convinced of what I needed to do, I gave myself one more challenge. Could I combine two closets into one? Prior to this both my husband and I had separate equally sized closets. I wanted to see if I could combine all of our stuff into only one!
I am happy to say, I did it!  I cant wait to show you what it looks like today, and look forward to also showing you what we did with an entire EXTRA closet! (We will leave that for another post though!)
I thought I would start with a pic of all items that did NOT go back into our closet!
How did we decide what to get rid of?
  • We got rid of anything we did not love or like Marie Kondo says “anything that does not bring you joy!”
  • We also got rid of anything that was worn out, had stains or holes. I was kind of amazed at the stuff I was able to throw out! You never know what is lurking in the dark corners of a closet. Yikes!

Marie Kondo would tell you to pile everything on your bed before starting and only put things back that bring you joy! This is the pile that didn’t make the list! I am positive that even though these things no longer bring me joy, they are sure to bring joy to someone else! When I think of it like that, it makes it much easier to let it go!

Here is what our closet looks like today…..

Fully organized closet using the Kon Mari method

My husband and I each get one side of the closet. We also each got one rack for shoes, and the wicker baskets store our underwear and socks. Other than that we each have 3 dresser drawers for things like pants, sweatshirts, tank tops and undershirts. That is pretty much it!

It is so simple, so clean, and I absolutely LOVE it! I wish I would have done it a LONG time ago! Now when I get up in the morning the only things that I have to look at are the things that I love and that bring me joy! I feel SO much less stressed by the decision of what to wear in the morning, which leaves me more time to focus on what matters!

Another thing about Marie Kondo that people seem to be going CRAZY over is how she folds her clothes! At first I will admit I was a skeptic, but once I tried it I found it was kind of soothing. I also loved how it looked and functioned! Even my husband said “this is awesome!”

Here is what our drawers look like…..

This is my husbands drawer of t-shirts…

Kon Mari folded shirts in a drawer

Here is a pic of my tanks and t-shirts….

Kon Mari folded shirts in a drawer

I LOVE how you can see everything so clearly! Kind of like a file cabinet! I can just grab what I need without messing up or going through the whole stack! I also noticed I seem to have more room in my drawer this way!

In the next set of drawers we have our pants. I decided to stack these normal and keep them to a minimum. Here is a pic….

Folded pants in a drawer organized

Folded pants in a drawer organized

The last set of drawers is where I decided to keep our sweatshirts, sweatpants, and gym shorts. I have always thought that folding a hooded sweatshirt was sort of like folding a fitted sheet! Yikes! However with Marie Kondos method they all look neat, they are all visible, and are super easy to access!

Here is a pic of my husbands drawer….

Organized Drawer

Here is mine….

Organized Drawer

In case you are wondering how I folded everything, here is a quick tutorial! I only have step by step pictures but I hope they help! (Note: I do fold them slightly different than Marie but they still look the same in the end!)

Here is how I fold the sweatshirts….

 

Folding Step 1        Folding Step 2

Folding Step 3        Folding Step 4

Folding Step 5       Folding Step 6

T- shirts are folded the same as sweatshirts except without the sleeves or hood!

Here is how I do tank tops…..

Folding Step 1        Folding Step 2

Folding Step 3      Folding Step 4     Folding Step 5

That is pretty much it! I hope I have inspired you to finally get your closet organized once and for all! I promise, you won’t regret it!

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6 thoughts on “How I Marie Kondo’d My Closet And Why You Should Too!

  1. CF says:

    I just went through the whole Netflix series and have been MEANING to start trying out the folding method!!! Haven’t quite grasped it yet.

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  2. Autumn says:

    Everytime you show me something, it conti ues to eat and nag at me until I do it…..ahhhh!! Now I’m gonna have to attempt to find walls in my closets…..do you KNOW how difficult that is going to be?!?
    You know that famous movie quote, “you’re killing me smalls!” describes how I currently feel! 😂😂

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  3. Katie Taylor says:

    I love her organization method! I clean out my closet at the beginning of each year and it feels great! Now I just need to work on my basement. Yikes. Great post!

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  4. Tameeka Leon says:

    I am just getting into the Netflix series, and I love it. Thanks for sharing your thoughts. I’ve been considering trying her method.

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