When we think tidy we think sprucing the place up a bit, fluff a pillow here, wipe a counter there. But not Marie Kondo. Marie Kondo is an organizing consultant from Japan who has revolutionized the process of declutter and organizing for
obsessive neat freaks everyone. I started my affair journey with the Konmari Method last year. I have organized and cleaned mine and other’s spaces over and over and still found that they cluttered up again. This Method is supposed to be the be all and end all of tidying. And so far, for me, this is true!
One of the first things I did last year was a complete declutter of all of my clothing items. Not my husband’s just mine. (Konmari states you need to address your personal things first. When we want to clean other people’s items it is because we have not taken care of our own – everything has a deeper meaning here, we need to take care of ourselves before we take care of others). Here is the before and after of how my clothing day went!
I said goodbye to a lot of clothes! Not because I needed to get rid of them but because I sincerely did not love well over half my wardrobe. When we wear our items they should “spark joy” we should feel amazing and be able to wear these items with pride knowing we look good. The items that make us feel less than spectacular can be appreciated for what they were, thanked and donated. The glorious part of the Konmari method, is it doesn’t matter how much you have it matters how much you love it, if it sparks joy keep it and if not say goodbye. Some people may end up with 40 pairs of shoes and some with 4. The point is they are happy with what they have in the end.
Naturally, I wanted these items to look good in all of their “spark joy glory”. 🙂 So I redesigned the master closet using furniture we already had and paint on hand. I HATE wire shelves. ALL of our clothes are folded and put into the dresser except those that spark the most joy and deserve to be shown off. You can fold everything according to Konmari. It is possible, I’ve done it. 🙂
I took it further by putting up an Ikea floating shelf for my fancy shoes, I love looking at heels displayed beautifully. I may not use them all the time but they certainly spark joy every time I see them and touch them.
Below that shelf I hang my favorite necklaces on the wall by the door. As I leave after getting dressed I am reminded to put on a pretty accessory for the day.
A spritz of perfume is always nice on the way out, and the bottle looks so fancy on this DIY marble tray (tutorial here) The vases my mom gave me from Pottery Barn house spare change and cotton balls…cotton balls… I don’t know why. Moving on.
The drawers of the cabinet have random accessory contents and extra candles for mooood lighting. In the bathroom. I recently took baths before giving birth and those candles made it such a spa day.
The Jewelry is separated by small boxes that make me happy, of course a spot of Tiffany blue and a Kate Spade bag. The big necklace on top was almost donated, it was from my wedding and I don’t use it. The declutter lady in me said get rid of it but the “spark joy” me said keep it, I love it and every time I see it I think of my wedding and how beautiful and loved I felt.
Mr. Man’s space. I love it.
Randomly over the shelf against the wall I have my favorite fuzzy Calvin Klein blanket which DOES NOT like to stay folded so I placed this cast iron tea pot on top. It reminds me to be at peace and enjoy the experience of getting ready in the morning.
Lastly a mirror on the right wall and a hamper behind the door complete the space. Simple, functional. Love it.