Why You Should Get On the Marie Kondo Bandwagon - ASAP.
I'm back, and a lot has changed. I am now officially a full time working girl, planning a move to Europe. Well a trip to Europe - which could last two months, or two years, who knows? Regardless, I have utilised the last few weeks to begin de-cluttering my life, Marie Kondo style. If you are anything like me, a clear space equals a clear mind. Although I won't deny that I have 'the chair' - the chair that everyone seems to have that somehow piles up with clothes that aren't quite ready to be washed, but can't go back into your draws, combined with random elements of your day. But I can't stand 'the chair.' If I have a chair pileup present, you know my life is either hectic or a mess at that given moment.
Despite Marie Kondo having her books published for years, her Netflix show blessed the interwebs last month, and I thought it was finally time to do some tidying up. For me, the process was easy - I am a natural "chucker" - I do a seasonal wardrobe clean out, giving away and selling a lot of items on the regular, before accidentally falling straight back into the trap of accumulating more clothes by the time the seasons change again. This time is different. I went through my wardrobe and draws as the KonMari method suggests, held each item, and if it didn't spark joy, I let it go.
Now that might sound overly simplified - what if you need the item, or you have great memories that were made whilst wearing it, or you haven't worn it in the last six months but there will definitely be a cocktail party coming up soon that you could possibly but probably won't wear it to. My thought process when it came to these items - would someone else get more wear out of it and appreciate it more than you? Is it clouding your wardrobe so much so that when you are getting dressed in the morning, it continually gets shoved to the back and forgotten? I can guarantee that despite how much you may love a piece of clothing, you will totally forget about it after it is gone - and that is coming from a fashion tragic. And let's be honest, no one needs five different black cocktail dresses.
Think about what your next six months entails. For example, I know that I will be working full time, and then heading off to Europe for the summer, with nothing more than 20kg on my back. Those one off pieces that you love but never wear, like the flare corduroy overalls that I wore to Splendour, for example, do not have a place in your plans for the foreseeable future. But maybe someone else you know has a festival coming up and would be keen to purchase them for a discounted price? One girls trash is another girls treasure my friend.
Since employing the KonMari method on my 'drobe, I have cut the daily struggle of 'what to wear' down dramatically. I can see all of my clothes easily, making it effortless to pair tops with pants. Before, I would refile through fifteen different pairs of jeans, and at least twenty-five different t-shirts just to head down to the grocery store. I can also see what colours work for me - I realised that I only kept red, navy, emerald green, white and black clothing. In getting rid of all of the excess clutter, I now know what styles and colours work for me that will get a decent amount of wear, so next time I am remotely tempted to make a purchase, it will be more informed and worthwhile. And finally - I made some good money! It is super easy to get some of your giveaways a glow up, by styling them, taking a photo, and uploading the picture to your very own Instagram store, for a reasonable price.
Back to uni, school, work, off on a holiday - whatever your reason, spark some joy by getting rid of what doesn't in your wardrobe. And in the mean time, just admire the human form of label maker, Marie Kondo.