According to Marie Kondo, the magic of tidying up is life-changing. She claims that applying the KonMari Method amps up your decision-making ability. You’ll become clear about what you love and what you need. This learning process changed the way I organize my home and hugely influenced my relationship with my clothes. For me, decluttering my clothes a la Marie Kondo had been an essential step to a well-curated wardrobe full of clothes I love to wear.
Let me share with you my most important lessons learned decluttering my clothes a la Marie Kondo:
Lesson 1: Things Are in Your Space For a Reason
I remember starting with a wardrobe packed with clothes and ending up with just a few items. I had accumulated far too many clothes that didn’t spark joy. It was painful to see that I had spent almost a fortune on clothes I had never worn. But I followed Marie Kondo’s recommendations and kept on asking myself questions like “When, where, and why did I buy this specific item?”, “Why have I never worn it?”, “What is this item teaching me?”. And I concluded that every piece of clothing was in my space for a reason.Things are in your space for a reason. People, too. Click To Tweet
Lesson 2: You Can’t Buy Happiness …
Marie Kondo wrote that we tend to accumulate material things for the same reason we overeat: to satisfy a craving. ‘Having things’ can obviously create a moment of comfort for us. Just like comforting food does. The problem is that, similar to an excess of food that stubbornly stays on our hips, our home quickly becomes a busy mess with an excess of things. Both affect our mind and overall well-being.We tend to accumulate material things for the same reason we overeat: to satisfy a craving. (-Marie Kondo). Click To Tweet
The same applies to our wardrobe. Personally, I had purchased the majority of my clothes in a phase when I was miserable. I didn’t like my job, and my lifestyle didn’t do anything good for me. During that time, I had also put on quite some weight. I was definitely miles away from feeling and looking my best. I obviously did both overeating and buying an excess of clothes because I unconsciously thought it made me happier.
Lesson 3: … But The Things You Have Can Contribute to Your Happiness
You can’t buy happiness, but the things you have can contribute to your happiness. This sounds contradictory. What I want to say is, what you buy can never compensate for a lack of joy, connection, or peace of mind. ‘Things’ can only support our efforts to create an environment and lifestyle that serves us. Clothes we love to wear and make us feel our best, for example, can make us feel confident and uplifted. But they can’t solve problems for us. Today, I see my clothes and all other possessions differently, more like appreciated accessories to a simply elegant (edited + well-curated) lifestyle, if that makes sense.
Lessons 4: There Are Questions to Answer Beyond ‘Does It Spark Joy?’
Taking the time to assess every piece of clothing we own is definitely worth the effort. But to really profit from the exercise, we should ask ourselves some questions that go beyond ‘does it spark joy?’. Not only to create a realistic and helpful wardrobe inventory. But also to prevent us from going overboard with decluttering. Something I did in the past and still regret. This is why I absolutely recommend planning your wardrobe first – before you start decluttering your clothes. Here are some posts that deal with these challenges:
- Wardrobe Inventory: Questions Beyond ‘Does It Spark Joy?’
- Wardrobe Planning: Recap + Free Printable Worksheets
- Wardrobe Planning: Why It’s Worth Doing It and How to Get Started
Lesson 5: The Magic Fold *Is* Magic
As you probably know, Marie Kondo favors folding clothes as opposed to piling them. When you fold your clothes and store them upright, you can easily keep an overview of your belongings. Moreover, all items become equally important. Meaning, you no longer use only the ones that are on top of a pile. Learning Marie Kondo’s ‘magic’ folding technique took a bit of practice. But now I love folding my clothes and arranging them nicely in my drawers. And have I mentioned how much space I save?
Lesson 6: Downsizing Makes Getting Dressed Simple
One final lesson learned is that since I decluttered my clothes and reorganized my closet, getting dressed takes significantly less time than ever. Having fewer clothes and owning only what I love ensures that whatever item I pick is a perfect match. Everything in my clutter-free, downsized wardrobe makes me feel cozy and confident. And, of course, I want to keep it that way. This is why I plan my wardrobe carefully and shop mindfully and smart.
Is it Worth the Effort to Declutter Your Clothes a la Marie Kondo?
Yes, it is. By decluttering our clothes, we gain a complete overview of our belongings. It makes us aware of what we already own, what we love, and what no longer serves us. And this is unquestionably a perfect starting point for a well-curated, joy-bringing wardrobe.
About the KonMari Method
In case you’re not familiar with the KonMari Method yet, this post is for you:
And when you’re ready to start your decluttering journey, get my free printable checklist to guide you through and track your progress.
Printable KonMari Decluttering Checklist
Declutter once and for all and create a home, wardrobe, and life that sparks the most joy.
More Tips and Inspirations
I’ve also summarized my most important lessons learned decluttering my entire home:
In this post, I talk about another category, papers. I’ve also included some tips that go beyond the KonMari Method:
In case your digital life also needs some attention, these posts can help:
- How to Declutter and Enrich Your Social Media Life
- How to Declutter Your Inbox and Reduce Email Stress
- Declutter and Better Organize Digital Files in 5 Steps
If you want to know more about my personal story – and why I started decluttering my life – you may want to read my welcome post:
As shopping mindfully and smart is even better than decluttering, here’s some inspiration:
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