I'm going to begin this post with a few confessions:
- I am a clothes hoarder.
- I attach bizarre emotional values to clothes that really don't matter.
- I didn't read the entirety of The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up by Marie Kondo.
I've danced around the idea of taking on the capsule wardrobe, minimalist closet, in the same way that Caroline from Unfancy does. But I found myself a strange sort of anxious about cutting my closet down to a specific number of pieces. California doesn't lend itself to specific chunks of weather which made breaking my closet into seasons feel more scary than helpful. I knew I wanted to go through my clothes, but didn't know how.
Enter the KonMari Method.
Really, the book is helpful and interesting, but it's also got a major hold list at the library (because everyone loves organization right?). Then my mom mentioned she had read up on it on Pinterest and I decided to take a stab at doing the same thing. And I was overwhelmed with all the information there. After some serious reading, the KonMari Method seemed to boil down to a few simple, yet important things.
- Take it all out. Everything out of your closet and drawers and cabinets.
- Only put pieces back in that bring you joy.
- Get rid of everything else.
- Does it compliment your figure? Are you trying to lose weight to fit into it?
- Are you remembering happy or sad times when you wear that piece? (If it's sad, let it go.)
- Is it practical for your lifestyle?
I got rid of a very large trash bag of clothes and shoes and accessories (like jewelry and purses). It's sat in our spare bedroom for a month and I took out two items that I have reintroduced to my closet. I learned a lot about myself (beyond the three confessions above) in organizing my closet. Here's five things you deserve to know (and will learn) about your clothes:
1. LOCK DOWN YOUR PERSONAL STYLE.
All of my shirts (minus a half dozen) are black, white, or grey. I had no clue that I hardly ever wear shirts that are outside of those neutrals. My shorts come in all kinds of colors as do my sweaters and jewelry, but my shirts don't. So when I'm itching to buy a yellow shirt from Target because I need it chances are I won't wear it and so it's best remaining on the racks for some other yellow shirt lover.
2. REMEMBER WHAT YOU'VE GOT.
I don't feel like I own the most clothes ever, but I certainly own more than I need (or even routinely wear). So when I took everything out of my closet and put it back in, I had a few pieces that surprised me. I'd forgotten about them and the way I'd loved them so seriously a summer or two ago. I've already worn them in the last two weeks because who doesn't love to spend time with an old friend?
3. REASSESS YOUR RELATIONSHIP WITH THINGS.
Before I started the organizing, I knew my closet didn't need anything and was, in fact, overfull. But I kept all of my things because I had spent money on them and so I might as well keep them. This is a bizarre logic. Imagine if you kept that high school boyfriend who was super cute but not practical because you had dated him for a year. Or you pumped money into a falling apart car because it was your first one and you couldn't imagine being apart.
4. UNDERSTAND WHERE TRENDS PLAY INTO YOUR LIFE.
I am a sucker for trends. Pinterest has the answer to many things -like what's MonKari Method? But it also exposes us to all the quick trends that aren't necessarily going to last any longer than a single season (or even two). I'm good with some of the trends (bright florals, scalloped edges, fun summer dresses), but I'm not going to rock others even as much as I'd like to (crop tops, high-waisted cut offs, lace up sandals). I allow myself a serving of trendy, but not an entire wardrobe of it.
5. BECOME A BETTER BUYER (OR SAVER).
I'm a sucker for grabbing what's fun and festive off the rack at Target because it's only $14.99. But then $14.99 adds up over and over again. So, I don't buy anything new unless I know that it fits into my style (like, honestly, I'm not going to rock an orange shirt any time soon) or is going to replace something that I've worn out (hi white tank top that's stained).
I'm still on the fence about a few pieces so they're sitting in the purgatory section of my closet until a final determination has been made.
What's worked for you friends?