Hi everyone from the day I woke up with back pain =)
I am writing this from the 7th day I finished tidying my clothes. I’m finished too…
As Instagram followers know, I started to organize my house with Marie Kondo’s KonMari Method for 1 week.
For a long time, I have been reading and researching living cultures such as hygge, lagom, lykke, ikigai..etc. and the appropriate decoration types.
As someone with a hoarder and maximalist in his soul, but tired of this extravagance and the madness of consumption somewhere inside, I’ve tweaked very nice parts of myself through all these lifestyles and I’m slowly applying them.
But for the real big change, it was time to say goodbye to what I really didn’t use. So I started to apply the KonMari Method, which Marie Kondo mentioned in her books: “The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up” and “Sparkle Joy”.
Keypoints of the KonMari Method
- Collect your items by category not by location and follow the category order in the book
- Make a pile and select the ones that you will keep
- Do not place your items before the choosing process ends
- Make sure that the clothes for the house makes you happy
- Organize one category at a time
- Do the tidying alone
- Keep the same kind of stuff in the same place
The Numbers of This Tidying Part – Clothes
(tops, bottoms, dresses, pyjamas, underwear, scarfs, socks, bags, shoes)
- I used to have 635 pieces of clothes 100% 100%
- I have 496 pieces of clothes remained 74% 74%
- I have 139 pieces of clothes given 26% 26%
#Day1 – Clothes – Tops
As soon as I came from work, I started collecting all my top clothes from the closet, behind the door, from the storage bags… and made a pile on the bed. By the way Marie Kondo suggests to do the tidying at one time from morning to night. But i have to go to the work, so… =)
I took them all one by one and thought if they gave me happiness or not and I kept those that gave happiness and thanked those who did not. It took 2 hours for 83 pieces.
Instead of stocking 49 pieces of 9 sweaters + 10 blouses + 20 t-shirts + 10 home t-shirts on top of each other on the shelf in the closet, I folded them vertically in the dresser. This process took about 1 hour.
34 pieces were gone. Yayy!
I have a sweet back pain, but I think it went well the first day. I can’t wait to get to the bottoms right now.
#Day2 – Clothes – Bottoms and #Day3 – Pyjamas
On the 2nd day, as soon as I came from work with enthusiasm, I turned all my bottom clothes into a pile on the bed. But things didn’t work like yesterday. Marie Kondo explains this situation in her book. She says that the top clothes are closer to our faces and hearts. And this makes it easy to choose if we like them or not.
It wasn’t easy, but I was able to keep the 45 and give 16.
On the third day, when I came from work, I organized my pyjamas. It was quite easy because I kept the useable ones which are 13 of 15.
Then I folded all my bottoms, pyjamas and home clothes upright and put them in the drawers again. I used to put them on top of each other in my closet and couldn’t use most of them because I couldn’t see them properly. In the drawer, I can reach and use all my clothes more comfortable than before.
#Day4 – Clothes – Dresses and #Day5 – Hanging Items
After work again … I’m getting tired now, but I have to continue ….
I arranged my dresses and skirts. It was easy to extract. I don’t know why but I chose them easily. I kept 22 and gave 5.
I had a guest the next day, but as soon as my guest left, I continued to KonMari. I put all the rest hanging items into my bed. Shirts, jackets, coats… It was a huge mountain, and at night I was very scared, but when I started, it worked. I decided to keep 48 and give 12.
#Day6- Clothes – Socks, Scarves, Underwear, Bags
I opened my eyes early on Saturday morning and started the sorting-collection process with my socks. One of the most annoying moments was when I realized I had 150 socks! I was stunned for a while but I didn’t give up. I picked them up one by one, looked at them one by one and then sorted them out.
After wasting almost half a day with socks, I switched to my scarves and underwear, which I was organizing with KonMari method for a long time. My job was pretty easy, I just eliminated what I didn’t use because it was old or outdated.
And then I looked at my bags, and that was quick too. I immediately removed the worn ones.
At this stage I have to mention a detail. Marie Kondo has repeatedly stated in her books that we should thank our house and belongings because she comes from Japanese philosophy. Frankly, I didn’t do that much. But when I said goodbye to my two bags with the Van Gogh details, which I bought from the Amsterdam Van Gogh Museum, which I used with great pleasure until this time. I thanked them for keeping my items safe and giving me happiness with their designs. I really gave them a little hug when I put them in the box. It was not a sad but a peacefull moment.
This experience was an important lesson and a memorable memory of what I would love to do in my future purchases, to buy things that I would always enjoy.
# Day7 – Clothing – Shoes
Unlike most women, I don’t have much shoes. Because both my wrists have ruptured fibers and my feet are scalloped. So I have to search for shoes for a long time and I can’t find much.
Therefore, this process did not tired me. I just took off my old shoes, which I don’t know why I’m still keeping.
At this stage, jewelry and buckles are next on the clothing category. But I kept these 2 categories in section 4, Komono.
The numbers that I have been keeping for 7 days brought me to this conclusion:
- I have donated 17% of my clothes (the ones that are worn but in good condition) to the municipality to be delivered to those in need.
- I am going to sell 5% of my clothes (the ones that have price tags on and the less-worn evening dresses). I will donate the money I earn to a foundation.
- With 78% remaining, my cupboard is still full.
- So I decided not to buy clothes, bags, accessories … until 2020. If there is no discharge in my cabinets during this process, I will extend the time.
I hope this whole process I have shared will cause everybody to question our consumption habits.
After that, I will continue to share my KonMari process with books, papers and all other items in the rest of the house.