It’s not the New Year but September feels like a new beginning for many of us and along with that comes the desire to start the year off with a clean slate… or at least, an organized closet!  I know I have that desire and am Konmari-ing my closet this month (full expose coming soon!), and my favourite Megan invited me over to hang out with her in the closet this weekend.  (During the day, we presented on getting out of the closet – the therapy closet – and by 8pm we were back in the closet. Ha!)  Megan was due for a closet edit, but like many of us, found the task too daunting to tackle alone!

You are not alone, Megan.  We can make it through this together.
You are not alone, Megan. We can make it through this together.

We have supported each other in the past through closet edits and shopping and drinking wine, but this time, we added the Konmari element.  Megan has not read the book, so I simply encouraged her to ask herself…

Year of Mindfulness

Like many of us, Megan has several pieces in her closet that don’t necessarily spark joy but remain functional.  Sorel boots anyone??  Nonetheless, we plowed through her closet and vowed to put those pieces aside and revisit them at the end with an interesting result… read on!

Mountain of tank tops...
Mountain of tank tops…

We followed the Konmari-recommended order and started with tops, however, to make the task more manageable, we subdivided into tanks, short sleeves, long sleeves, sweaters and blazers.  First we tackled tank tops.  Megan, like many of us, likes to wear tank tops as a smoothing layering piece and so she has 4000 of them.  She had been hanging onto ill-fitting worn out pilly tanks for years…until now!

Happy Konmari-folded tanks all fit in the drawer!
Happy Konmari-folded tanks all fit in the drawer!
We also followed the Konmari suggestion of bringing out all pieces in each category into a pile.  It makes a huge difference to actually see how much you have!
We also followed the Konmari suggestion of bringing out all pieces in each category into a pile. It makes a huge difference to actually see how much you have!  This is, er, *part* of Megan’s top collection!
These jersies may spark joy, but they don't have to take up valuable hanging real estate!  We folded them and put them in a basket on the top shelf of her closet.
These jerseys may spark joy, but they don’t have to take up valuable hanging real estate! We folded them and put them in a basket on the top shelf of her closet.
More tops.  I bet my life this is a familiar scene in many a woman's closet!
More tops. I bet my life this is a familiar scene in many a woman’s closet!
Some pieces were easy to rule out, like this sweater with shoulders wide enough for TWO professional football players.
Some pieces were easy to discard, like this sweater with shoulders wide enough for TWO professional football players.
"When bad cardigans happen to good people."
“When bad cardigans happen to good people.”

Megan’s favourite pieces, like the mustard cardi, are simply showing their age and it’s time they were replaced.  So Megan, your homework is to thrift (or buy but NOT FROM FAST FASHION) staple cardis in mustard, black and navy.  Meanwhile, don’t you have a Tori Burch coral cardi kicking around?  Poor you, I think you’ll survive in the interim.  😉  We edited out a bunch of ill-fitting pieces – remember, fit needs to spark joy too or you’ll end up like Peter Pan – and refolded everything Konmari-style…

All the chaos of the storm of closet editing is worth it for this.
All the chaos of the storm of closet editing is worth it for this.

Megan used a couple baskets then went and got a couple more in pleasing colours!

Though baskets and bins are not endorsed by Konmari, they are helpful in vertical storage in the absence of adequate drawer space.
Though baskets and bins are not endorsed by Konmari, they are helpful in vertical storage in the absence of adequate drawer space.  Belts on a large D-ring are accessible!
We also had to find a solution for Megan's bags.  That girl and her family have excellent taste in bags and I could hear them crying from too crammed on the bottom shelf.
We also had to find a solution for Megan’s bags. That girl and her family have excellent taste in bags but I could hear the muffled cries from the crammed bottom shelf of Coach, Dooney and Bourke, Kate Spade and more.  Sniff. 
Dresses on the left, tops to the right and bags on top, accessible but not so crammed.
Dresses on the left, tops to the right which I sorted by colour and lightest to heaviest style as I was re-hanging pieces, and bags on top, accessible but not so crammed.

Megan discarded a couple maxi dresses that just happened to spark joy in someone nearby…

"Will Work For Dresses"
“Will Work For Dresses”

We also went through shorts, skirts and pants, keeping a few pairs of inspiration jeans and discarding anything worn or ill-fitting.  It may still look like a full closet but…

All these were on the rod pre-edit!
All these were on the rod pre-edit!

Megan ended up with five large bags of donations and another bag of garbage.  That was ALL in her closet.  Once you do the purge, it’s hard to imagine how everything ever fit!  And guess what?  In the end, there was nothing in the “doesn’t spark joy but still functional” pile!  By discarding the things that didn’t spark joy, Megan will give the pieces she loves more wear time, and if she finds herself wanting, she can always replace those items with something she does love!

It was fun, Megan, and you did a great job EVEN though you insisted on keeping two old ginormous sweatshirts.  That’s it, right?  RIGHT?!!

Once you go Konmari, you never go back.
Once you go Konmari, you never go back.

4 Comments

  1. Suzanne Couture Reply

    You have inspired me to start Konmari! My stuff is stressing me out! I hope to have the book read this week so I can begin on the weekend. Wish me luck!

  2. The Spirited Thrifter Reply

    Awesome!! We will start a Konmari Revolution in Beaumont!! U0001f44dU0001f3fbU0001f4aaU0001f3fbU0001f64cU0001f3fbU0001f377

  3. Megan Archibald Reply

    Eek I’m mildly embarrassed. But people should know I hadn’t really purged my closet for at least 2 years!

  4. The Spirited Thrifter Reply

    Oh no! No need to be embarrassed! I think most of us are in the same boat and it is reassuring to see decluttering work! It’s inspiring!

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