Clean Out Your Closet with the KonMari Method + Totspot!

by juliannecronin

The following is a guest post by Julianne Cronin of The Wink.

Do you ever feel like your closet is full yet you have nothing to wear? Before discovering the KonMari Method, I would spend longer than I’d like to admit searching in my closet for the perfect thing to wear, only to come up empty-handed. It was frustrating and time-consuming, and getting dressed in the morning was such a chore!

If you’re anything like I was, don’t wait around for this to miraculously change. Charge ahead full steam this winter and declutter your closet with the KonMari Method. In simple terms, eliminate everything in your life that doesn’t spark joy. This method is all about living in the present and purging baggage, and there’s no better time to start than now – it will seriously change your life! New Year’s resolution, anyone?

Step One

Start by pulling everything out of your closet, dresser, and hamper. Yup, every.single.thing. Make sure you find every last article of clothing – anything that you find after you start this process must be purged. Pile everything on your bed. It’s okay to feel overwhelmed – right about now you might be realizing just how much clothing you own! It is important to amass everything into one pile because an integral part of this method is touching and handling each piece to decide whether it sparks joy in your life.

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Step Two

Now it’s time to start deciding what in your wardrobe sparks joy. Start with tops – this includes blouses, sweaters, sweatshirts, tank tops, and crop tops. Pick up each item and hold it in your hand. Does this item spark joy? Maybe it used to but it’s looking a little worn out. Maybe it’s something that never quite fit right, but you held onto it thinking one day it would. Whatever the reason, if the piece doesn’t spark joy, place it in the discard pile. This process may be a little challenging at first, and you may find that you have difficulty discarding things that have sentimental value. After a little while, things will be much easier, and you might be surprised at how easy it is to tell if something sparks joy. Repeat this process with bottoms, undergarments, socks, and lastly, shoes.

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Step Three

Once you’re finished sorting, you may find that you’re only left with about a third to a quarter of the original pile. Don’t panic about not having enough to wear – you have everything you need. Be sure to pack the discard pile in a bag right away, or you might be tempted to have another look. Now it’s time to put away the items that you’re keeping! The KonMari Method is all about the folding. As a general rule of thumb, fold everything that wouldn’t look better hung. For example, fold jeans, bulky sweaters, and tee shirts; hang flowy skirts and blouses. Stack clothing vertically in the drawer so you can see each item like the spines of books on a bookcase. Hang the clothing in your closet grouped by type and length, with the longer, bulkier items (like sweaters and coats) on the left and lighter, shorter items (like blouses and skirts) on the right. Visually, the clothing in your closet should rise to the right.

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Step Four

List the items that didn’t spark joy on Totspot so they may be able to spark joy in someone else’s life! Download the app, list your items, and say hello to your new, clutter-free lifestyle!

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Happy organizing!