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Organized Doesn't Mean Tidy

Hello Friends! That old saying of “It gets worse before it gets better” was definitely true for me as I embarked upon the first step of KonMari tidying, clothes. I decided to work through her methods of tidying after completing “The Life-changing magic of Tidying Up.” I have been organizing for the majority of life at home and in various professional settings, but I had never encountered an approach that incorporated such gratitude and thoughtfulness.

My boyfriend and I moved into our one bedroom apartment a little over 3 years ago. After leaving my own one bedroom apartment where I enjoyed “hers and hers” walk-in closets, it went without saying that both closets in our bedroom would be claimed by me. Since he had significantly less clothing than me, he stored his clothes in a small closet in our living room and keeps only his essentials in the bedroom in a small set of drawers. Our storage situation for clothes was not ideal, but it did not stop me from keeping the apartment organized. It was not until I encountered Kondo’s book that I had ever thought to let go things simply because they did not “spark joy.” I wasn’t someone who held on to things out of fear of needing it in the future or even someone that impulsively shopped and brought home things they didn’t even like, but I quickly came to the realization while I was emptying out my closet that I was someone who held on to things past their Shelf Life! Through Kondo’s method I was able to achieve a heightened level of appreciation for my possessions and finally let go of everything that did not meet the criteria.

The best part of this method for me is that there was no shame in keeping what sparks joy for you, no matter how much of something you might have. In fact, Kondo instructs you keep what sparks joy for you with confidence. This really gave me the freedom to explore my connection to my possessions first and kept me from being overwhelmed by the massive pile of clothes. Working through the clothes went smoothly since it was followed up by her infamous and so very therapeutic (for me anyways lol) folding. I really enjoyed thanking pieces of clothing that were long ago favorites as I let them go. It was the perfect closure to the journeys we had gone on together.

Thoroughly sorting and discarding of my shoes was the most shocking part of the experience. I believe everyone has their sweet spot in their wardrobe and mine’s is shoes. I remember when I first moved to New Jersey how carefully and strategically I packed up my shoes and their boxes to move. I’m sure I had at least 6 large boxes of just shoes when I moved. It never dawned on me that I had an excessive amount; women are supposed to have a big collection of shoes (according to how I was raised anyway lol). Not keeping your shoe boxes was also a very big no-no. Deciding to discard all of my shoe boxes was one of the best decisions I ever made. Not only do have more space in my closet for clothes, but now I get to see the shoes that bring me so much joy every time I go inside my closet. I am happy to just glance over them even if I don’t get to wear them as often as I would like. When I saw all the shoes I set aside to discard I couldn’t but think about how much money I wasted moving all those shoes I should have let go before I moved. I truly learned the importance tidying before a move. I am happy I am able to learn from my mistakes and help others save money by discarding thoroughly before a move.

It was my goal to put myself in my client’s shoes by going through this process. The only drawback in Kondo’s is time and commitment required to discard thoroughly. Only those with unwavering desire to truly be clutter-free and surrounded by only the things they love will work through the process in order and to completion. Lasting success has no short cuts. KonMari requires you put the work in. I believe that there is more than one way to get things done and achieve success. The greatest gift Kondo’s method gave me was gratitude. I hope to give my future clients the same perspective of gratitude for what they have and the strength to let go of what they don’t with thankfulness.

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