A little over a year ago, I used the “KonMari Method” to pare down my wardrobe. At the time, I was able to purge 23 garments and 32 accessories from my closet. Since then, I have continued to do some culling here and there, including my recent jewelry box downsizing back in April. It’s good to periodically let pieces go when we find they aren’t working for us, but sometimes a more formal closet audit is in order, especially when we notice that the our wardrobe size is gradually increasing. So I decided to use Marie Kondo’s decluttering process once again this past weekend.
Last year, I used Marie Kondo’s “KonMari Method” (from her best-selling book, “The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up”) to downsize my book and compact disc collections, as well as my closet. Then last month, I applied this simple but effective process to my jewelry box. There’s really something magical about gathering all our like items together, handling them one by one, and asking ourselves whether or not each item “sparks joy.” The beauty of Kondo’s method is that it places the focus on what to keep rather than what to get rid of.
In my last post, I shared the results of a wardrobe memory exercise that I recently took on. I tried to remember the contents of my closet and jewelry box without looking. I found that I was able to write down 91% of my wardrobe (including shoes) but only 77% of my jewelry collection. I came to a number of conclusions from doing the exercise, one of which was that I still own too many garments, shoes, and accessories for my lifestyle.
Since it has been almost a year since I used the “KonMari Method” in my closet (I also used the process with my books and compact discs), I have decided to take it on again, beginning with my jewelry. This afternoon, I spent approximately an hour and a half going through my bracelets, necklaces, earrings, and other jewelry pieces to see what does and doesn’t “spark joy.” In today’s post, I share the process and the results of this session.
After I bought so many new items in April, my closet started to feel a bit too full. So I elected to do something I didn’t think I would do… I decided to use the “KonMari Method” with my wardrobe. In today’s post, I will share what I did, what I got rid of and why, and how I felt during the process.
Most of you are probably aware of the “KonMari Method” by now. Even if you haven’t read my two posts on that topic (see here and here), you’ve probably seen other blog posts or magazine articles on the topic. Marie Kondo’s book, “The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up,” has been on the New York Times bestseller list for months and you’d almost have to be living under a rock not to have heard of it by now.
My post on how my husband and I downsized our large book collection was very well received, and many readers told me they’d like to see more content from me on the topic of de-cluttering. Toward the end of that post, I mentioned that we had also applied the “KonMari Method” to our compact disc collection. Today, I recount that process and share the insights learned along the way.
On Music Collections
We didn’t start out with an insanely huge music collection. Between the two of us, we had exactly 400 compact discs. This pales in comparison to the stash of a guy I dated long ago, who owned 2000 CDs, all arranged in alphabetical order on four racks that filled an entire wall of his living room. In hindsight, I should have seen those impeccable racks as a red flag of an overly controlling person who approached his relationships with the same type of “things must be just so” attitude. But you know what they say about hindsight being 20/20…
I mostly write about clothing on this blog, but many of us also have a tendency to accumulate too many items in other possession categories. My husband and I have been gradually paring things down in all areas of our home, but one area that’s been challenging has been our books, particularly mine.
A Book to Help Me De-clutter My Books?
As I’ve mentioned previously, I’m what one might call an “information junkie.” For years, my shopaholic tendencies extended to books almost as much as with clothes, especially after Amazon Prime made it so easy and inexpensive to purchase books with a single click. My husband had also amassed quite a few books over the years such that we had two tall bookshelves stuffed to the gills, as well as a smaller bookcase for the overflow. Sure, we’d cull a few books here and there as time went by, but there were still far too many books in our midst.