The saving grace is that the process Kondo gives--get all the clothes, put them all together on the floor and touch each piece as you sort into joyful items, donate items, and trash items--forces a mental revelation. YOU HAVE TOO MUCH STUFF. I had over 30 tee shirts! I had 15 pairs of jeans! I had over a dozen day dresses and 10 fancy ones! I had 24 pairs of underwear, many I hated wearing but did to avoid laundry (putting away, because my mom is the washerwoman in our basement apartment). WTF? When it is all in your face, it feels so wrong. These images are after I purged 3 weeks ago.
|My closet, 3 weeks after my purge|
|My guest room bed, full of clean laundry and cat|
The day I began, I had so much clothing on my bed: culled from the attic, guest room, coat closet, dresser, and my own closet. First-world problems, right? I felt sick because I have been known to say "I have nothing to wear" on the regular. So I'd go shopping to buy a new outfit (over and over and over) without really thinking about what that habit does to my closet, wallet, and life. In an earlier post I told you I purged 3 contractor garbage bags, in addition to coats, and trash. This revisit was to actually apply the KonMari process more fully.
So again, I tossed everything onto the bed. I removed the bags, hats, winter outerwear, swimsuits, and all the other CRAP that was on the floor and shelves. I had so much shit on the floor that did not belong. This time it only took me 2 hours to go through the clothing. My drawers still looked great.
|Empty, you cannot see it extends about 2 feet into the left and right...|
The after is much better because I folded all my tee shirts. I removed everything that I shoved back into the closet the first time. the upper shelf, where bags and hats lived, is empty for now. When I first did this, I did not actually purge any hats or bags. I just shoved them back in and shut the doors. That was anti-productive. This time I made sure all my laundry was clean and every stitch was accounted for on the pile.
|Tee Shirt storage has room|
Kondo would want us to lose the shitty shirts. She arrives in her clients homes to work their process and purge in a blazer or sweater-set. She can move, but looks good. She does this not because she wants to look professional, at least not wholly so; she does this because she wants to show respect to her client's process and things. She loses me a bit when she talks about thanking her items before discarding them, after using them, and while putting them away. She thanks the client's home and inanimate objects for their purpose and the joy they bring. Her gratitude to items borders on crazy, but noble.
I am not thanking each ratty tee-shirt as I fold them, though I see the difference caring how they are folded and stored makes. In the weeks since I have changed my sock-and-undies folding, I am much happier when I grab them to wear. She thanks them for the hard work they do as she stores them. I think that is obsessive. They keep their shape better and fit better, but I am silent, maybe meditative, as I put laundry away. I am trying to avoid it being a chore I speed through because the organization feels so good. The sacrifice of time is actually moot because I can now find everything and see everything, saving me time and indecision later.
|my new bra drawer|
|After the purge and organization|
Tomorrow I want to finish the clothing section with bags, winter outerwear, hats, belts, and swimwear. I have to do jewelry, but that will take me much much longer. I am finding them everywhere as I go through my bedroom and purses.
What do you think about the process? Do you backslide after good attempts to purge?