So originally I saw a Facebook post from someone that said they had KonMari'd their filing system of papers. Intrigued, I googled "KonMari" and then immediately bought the book. I also was inspired by all the Instagram pics I saw when I searched for the hashtag. I read it in 24 hours and began the process. I highly recommend everyone read the book.
Basically, the KonMari method comes from Marie Kondo, who suggests that we only keep things that bring us joy. She suggests a specific order to go through things like clothing first then books and magazines and then papers, etc. You must put everything out in the open all together (coat closet, off season clothes, closet clothing, and drawer clothing) and hold each one by one. When you hold it you ask yourself if it brings you joy. Surprisingly, this was a fun process and I could not believe I was able to do it in a matter of hours!
So what was the result? Well, I no longer have an off season wardrobe stored in bags under my bed. All of my clothing fits in my closet (which isn't even a walk-in!) and in my main dresser. I was able to get rid of SIX bags of clothes, which I donated.
I was seriously exhausted by the end of the day and I was a bit emotional when I dropped the clothing off at the local Community Aid.
I was so proud of my work. Then I went to bed.
This is my entire closet. All seasons of clothing able to hang. The first photo is the right side of my closet and the second is the left side. I hang in this order: Dresses, skirts, jackets, sweatshirts, pants, sweaters, long sleeve shirts, 3-quarter length, short sleeve, and tank tops.
These are my drawers. Left to right: Row 1 is work out clothes and pajamas. Row 2 is jeans/pants and tank tops/layering shirts. Row 3 is tshirts/scarves/belts/leggings and socks. I didn't take a photo of my undies drawer though. :)
When I woke up the first thing that crossed my mind was "Wow, I have everything in my closet now and there's still so much space! " I had a different energy to me. All morning I felt energized and less stressed. Could it be that having so much stuff even when it was out of sight was blocking my good energy? I believe it now!
It's amazing how organized and in order your entire life feels when everything you own is in it's place and you only own and hang on to the stuff you absolutely love.
But that's not all...I'm KMing everything else too and I'll have more posts about those including linen closet, beauty supplies, photos, papers, etc.
Have you ever heard of this method? How do you feel about your current organizing/tidying methods?