I have been trying to simplify life for a while now, and it is slow going. I think I have made Chet slightly proud as I have been purging crap from the backyard, and cleaning the hoard up. I have also been evaluating everything I own and trying to be honest with myself about what I really love and need, and what I have just for the hell of it. Of course books have been involved in my exploration of minimalism, so I thought I would share the latest.
I just finished The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up: The Japanese Art of Decluttering and Organizing by Marie Kondo. I actually bought the book as a joke for my Aunt Bea’s birthday, but ended up checking a copy out from the library and reading it myself (okay, listening to it. Get off my back, Chet.). Anyway, I really enjoyed it and am trying to adopt some of the principles listed; mostly, keeping only what I need, and things that truly bring me joy.
One of the things she says you should do when cleaning out your home is to throw all your clothes into a pile and decided which you really love and which you should dispose of. Although I didn’t do this, I have through the last few months been purging a lot of clothing I no longer wear. I am constantly reassessing my wardrobe, and this book gave me new eyes to look at my clothing and decide if it brings me joy. My purging of clothing initially started when Chet moved in last year. I had two closets and two dressers to store my clothes, but had to relinquish one of each to Chet for his clothing. You know we live in an old house, and closets are small if there are closets at all, so this was a real challenge. Regardless, I really had to decide what I needed and loved to make space for his things.
One problem Marie Kondo pointed out with conventional clothing storage is that when put in a dresser clothing is usually stacked, which doesn’t allow you to see each piece when you look in the drawer, and the weight of clothing on top of each other crease and wrinkle clothing. Because of these issues, we often end up wearing the same things over and over and storing clothes we never wear. To fix this problem, she suggests folding clothes in a way that you can line them up rather than stack them. I found this idea intriguing, and decided to try it out. To make things easier and uniform, I purchased a clothing folder.
I know, it is a little dorky, but this thing has been awesome! It makes everything the same size and so easy to store! With this folder I have been able to arrange all my clothing in my dresser in a way that allows me to see everything when I pull the drawer out. I can see all the colors of my cardigans and the patterns on my T-shirts. I really think this is going to keep things from smooshing to the bottom and never being worn. In addition to my folder, I ordered a closet converter so I could hang my skirts below my shirts, and have really thinned things out. I am super proud to say I can fit most of my clothing in one small closet and a dresser.
Regardless of how you feel about getting rid of a lot of your clothing, you should check this book out. She is a little goofy, and you might roll your eyes sometimes, but it really is useful and might change how you think about your clothing and possessions.