I’ve finished the ‘Clothing’ category of the KonMari Method (read my intro post if you don’t know what the KonMari Method is) and thought I’d give you an update. Long story short: It sucked… but was totally worth it.
But now for the long story… 😉
Calling it ‘clothing’ was perhaps slightly misleading, seeing as it involved not just items of clothing but also socks, underwear, swimwear, workout gear, belts, hats, gloves, scarves, shoes, and bags. (I also included jewellery.) Basically, anything that you might wear as part of an outfit.
KonMari sub-category: Items of clothing (tops, bottoms, hanging clothes)
I started off with just items of clothing and, in total, it took me about 7 hours (including snack and bathroom breaks). About an hour and a half of that was just collecting all my clothes together (they were scattered all throughout the house which, in itself, was eye-opening) and removing them from hangers. I then spent about an hour dividing them into tops, bottoms, suits, dresses, and outwear, and counting how many items were in each pile. ‘Cause I’m weird like that.
Tops took me an hour, bottoms took me an hour, and suits, dresses and outwear took me an hour.
It probably won’t take you that long because you’re most likely a lot more sane than I am. You also won’t make the mistake of stopping to take 20 billion pictures of your pile only to realise that you’d forgotten about all the clothes on a shelf in your husband’s wardrobe, and then having to re-take the 20 billion pictures. *sigh*
I got rid of almost half of my clothing. Pretty impressive seeing as I’d already done a pretty big decluttering spree just after Christmas. I’m down from 241 items to 142. Still not exactly a capsule wardrobe, but I love it!
KonMari sub-category: socks & underwear
The following day, I tackled socks and underwear (too much of the former and not enough of the latter, it seems). It was a reasonably quick process, taking about an hour, and I ended up getting rid of just over half this sub-category. (I am now desperately in need of new underwear sets!)
No pictures because… perverts. 😛
KonMari sub-category: bags
I had no idea I had so many bags, especially given my general attitude of “if it doesn’t fit in my pocket, it ain’t coming with me”. 37 in total. But what was even MORE shocking was the stuff I found inside them!
If that’s not clear enough for ya, here’s a long list of the crazy contents:
- 4 hair clips
- 1 pair of touchscreen gloves (I’d been looking for these!)
- 1 pack of paracetamol
- 1 pack of cold & flu tablets
- 1 pair of silver hoop earrings
- 1 box of ear-thermometer filters (?!)
- case papers for work
- 1 snack bar
- lip balm
- 1 pair of shoes (!)
- 1 pack of tissues
- various letters
- a book
- 1 pen
- 1 hair comb
- 1 bar of chocolate (best before December 2012 *cough*)
- appointment cards
- 1 tub of vitamins
- skincare samples
- 2 packets of Liga (for myself, not my daughter)
- throat lozenges
- phone charger cable
- small umbrella
- empty wrappers,
- a disgusting pile of mould that was, judging by the sticker, previously an apple, and
- MORE BAGS
But I’m down from 37 bags to 19, and have dumped or re-homed all the crap contents. And scrubbed my hands raw.
KonMari sub-category: shoes
This was another area I’d recently purged so wasn’t expecting as many as I found. 66 in total. This category took me about an hour and a half, but a lot of that was spent laying them out and lining them up so I could take a picture of them all. I’m definitely a ‘flats’ kinda gal. You’ll mostly find me in a pair of Converse or some other parallel-to-the-floor footwear, so it was easy enough to ditch a lot of the heels. I’m down to 36 pairs (including boots, flip-flops, and running shoes).
KonMari sub-category: accessories & event-specific clothes
Next on the chopping block were scarves, hats, belts, gloves, swimsuits, and workout gear. A very quick category, taking only about 30 minutes to complete. I rarely swim or workout, so that gear was minimal. But, given that I live in Ireland, I should probably have a few more hats & gloves! I started with 31 items and ended with 21.
KonMari sub-category: jewellery
This took me about 90 minutes, purely because the items were so small and fiddly. I took everything that was in a box out, and have since dumped the boxes (bar some very special ones, i.e. wedding related) because, let’s face it, I’m never going to need them and it’s far too much hassle taking jewellery out and putting it back in every time I wear it. Instead, they’re all in my GIANT jewellery box. (I’ve included the book — white cover — in the photo for scale.)
I started with 118 items (I didn’t include wedding jewellery, and I counted sets like stacked bangles and pairs of earrings as 1); I finished with 57. And a smile on my face.
So that’s it for ‘clothing’. It took me a week to complete the full category, working in chunks of time here and there. (I should say that the time involved didn’t include actually putting everything away afterwards, which took an extra few hours spread over the following week or two. Or three. *cough*)
I’ve included a video of my thoughts on the process, including some things I learned along the way, so give that a watch if you’re interested in the process and, in particular, if you’re hesitant about starting it yourself.
And that’s a wrap! I’ll be back soon with a progress report on the next category: books. (Don’t worry, it won’t be nearly as lengthy!)
If you’ve completed the KonMari Method (or, at least, some of it), how did you fare? Any words of wisdom to share with the group?
Or are you thinking of starting? Any questions or concerns? Drop them in the comments below!
Now if you’ll excuse me, I need a long lie down!