Konmari Method: How To Get Rid of 90% of Your Clothes

Apr 28, 2015 at 3:08 pm |

Whether you’re spring cleaning, or you’re FREAKING out because of a hemorrhaging closet, there’s a process that can help you get rid of 90% of your clothes. It’s called the Konmari Method and people are swearing by it.

Marie Kondo is a Japanese organizing consultant and famous author. She wrote the book The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up, which gives you dozens of amazing tips and ethereal quotes like, “When you put your house in order, you put your affairs and your past in order, too.” Preach, Marie!

Kondo keeps it simple; basically, she says you should keep belongings that “spark joy,” and everything else should go. The best part is it’s not about the “maybe one day I’ll need this.” It’s about what makes you feel happy and delivers energy.

You have an old workout T-shirt you don’t use? Trash it. That cocktail dress you bought a year ago and still haven’t found the right occasion for? Bye-bye.

But how do you actually go about deciding what brings you joy? And how does that lead to getting rid of 90% of your clothes?

You start with a “tidying festival.”

1. You need to put your entire wardrobe in one room (you might want to choose the biggest room of your house for this!). Everything: clothes, jackets, hats, underwear, belts, shoes. Everything!

2. Once you have everything, go piece by piece and ask yourself, “Does this piece spark joy in my life?”

3. If it doesn’t, get rid of it. You’re going to need a few garbage bags for this. (For the money-making mammas out there, separate your no-joy clothes into donations and possible resale).

That’s about it, but it really works. You need not think of what brought you joy, or what might bring you joy in the future. It’s accepting yourself in the now.

Marie Kondo claims that she’s never had a client relapse into un-organized mayhem. They stay neat and tidy. Why? Because you begin to consider the “joy factor” before buying anything. And after tossing dozens of stained shirts and worn out belts, you’ll begin to look for items you know will last a long time, and will bring you that great feeling of joy.

So this is just your closet, but in Marie Kondo’s book, she shows you how to do this with your entire life, including family photos (I know, breathe). But again, the people who follow her advice SWEAR by it. So maybe she’s got something here.

What do you think? Would you get rid of 90% of your wardrobe? How do you stay organized?

Who wants to purge their closet AND feel happy about it?