Have you read The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up?
It’s the new organization book that is sweeping the country! I have read it at least three times and was inspired to create a whole program using the principles in the book!
This book is different from others in that it tells you not to go from room to room, but from category to category when you are decluttering and organzing. On my blog, I take you through each category and teach you exactly how to deal with everything you own. But for today, let’s just talk about our tops!
First, let’s define “tops.” Here we are talking about t-shirts, sweaters, sweatshirts, and blouses. We are not talking about jackets, blazers, coats, pajamas or intimates. Those we will save for the future.
If you have read the first two chapters of the book, you know that the gold standard by which to judge our possessions is, “Does it spark joy?” I love that in the KonMari system, we are not focused on what to get rid of, but on what to keep. When evaluating our clothing, Mari says, “What things will bring you joy if you keep them as part of your life? Pick them as if you were identifying items you loved from a showcase in your favorite store.” I know that when I go shopping for clothes, I can easily identify those that are right for me. If I see them and gasp, that is a big clue. If I try them on and my mouth gapes open in delight, that is the kicker. There are some clothes I have had to pass up, even though they were super cute, because they just didn’t fit exactly right, or there was one thing about them that I didn’t really like.
The way you evaluate your clothes is the same way you will evaluate all your possessions using the KonMari system. First, you will gather everything of the same category together (in this case, your tops). Then you will take each one in your hands and ask yourself if it sparks joy. If the answer is yes, then keep it. If the answer is no, then get rid of it. Pay attention to your feelings more than your thoughts. Don’t think about how few times you have worn something or how much money you paid for it or who gave it to you. If you don’t love it, you don’t need it. Just let it go, knowing that it can find better use elsewhere. I personally have a dress that I love and looks fantastic on me, but I have never worn it because of some modesty issues. It has hung in my closet for years, but I am going to let it go. (Actually, I’m going to take it to a consignment store where I will hopefully get some money for it!)
As I sort my clothes in the coming weeks, I am going to have two boxes nearby. One is for clothes to donate, and the other is for clothes I am hoping to sell at consignment stores.