Today I actually finished sorting out my clothes! I am shocked that it only took 2 days. 2 days and I have gone from having draws of clothes scattered all around the house to just having clothes in my wardrobe, dresser and chest of draws. This is a revelation.
So, that still sounds like a lot of storage space but I share my wardrobe with my partner, my dresser has 1 main draw and 2 little ones and my chest of draws is only 3 draws and 1 little draw. I have draws for undies, socks, tops, trousers, skirts & PJ’s, jumpers and then I have in the wardrobe my blouses and dresses.
Here’s how I did it:
1. Read this book! I had a serious read of Marie Kondo’s The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying. A mind opening book on how to declutter your home.
2. Follow an order. I followed Kondo’s order of sorting loosely but here’s my order: I started with tops, hanging clothes (dresses & shirts), then bottoms, PJ’s and hats & gloves. You might also want to add socks & undies but I’d already sorted those recently.
3. Do you feel joy? Whilst sorting, the most important question to ask yourself is does the item bring you joy? If not, sling it!
4. Technique! Folding is important! Kondo teaches to fold into rectangles and fold end to end until you have a little rectangle. Then stack them in your draw. See below my previous post’s image – this is what I imagine this technique to look like:
5. Donate, don’t waste. When sorting, I found it most helpful to have 2 bags on the floor. A bag for recycling and a bag for the charity shop. This way I didn’t bin anything but it went straight into a bag helping me resist temptation and put it in the keep pile neatly folded on my bed. Also thanking the item for it’s service to you does finalise this process – it really does!
It’s really that simple. 5 steps and some dedicated time and your clothes can be decluttered too!
Let me know how you get on in the comments below. Have you found any other techniques that work?