white lace dresses and tops wardrobe on hangers

Happy Spring! It’s Spring Cleaning time. I decided it’s time to tackle one of the biggest tasks I’ve been avoiding since hibernation season of last year. Cleaning out my closet.

This time, however, the Marie Kondo method has taken over, and if you’re subscribed to our newsletter, you’ll know that we featured Marie Kondo’s novel, The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up, before she became even more popular with her new Netflix show: Tidying Up with Marie Kondo.

If you’re unfamiliar with ‘Marie Kondoing’, in short, she’s a Japanese, cleaning icon that teaches people how to organize your home. She goes through bedrooms, kitchens, garages, etc., but this article only covers an attempt at my bedroom closet.

Marie Kondo's book, novel cover, the life-changing magic of tidying up
light grey velvet hangers with rose gold hooks from TJMaxx

Let me start by saying this process took way longer than I expected. It may or may not be because I stalled the entire time. Basically, I had a lot to work with. I have clothing pieces with price tags still attached. I found so many things that distract me from actually cleaning, guys this wasn’t easy.

The first thing that came to my mind while looking into my mess of a closet is that none of my hangers matched. Over the past 10 years or so, I’ve just collected plastic hangers from various stores and kept them in my closet.

Whoever invented velvet hangers is a genius. My clothes no longer fall off of hangers! AND the hooks are rose gold! I would suggest going to your local TJMaxx to find these, but I’m almost certain that I’ve bought out all of these. They come in a pack of 25. I had to drive to South Carolina for another 75. I also got a pack of clear plastic ones, with rose gold hooks of course, for my heavier clothing pieces. So worth it.

Step 1: Take everything out of your closet, and pile it onto your bed.

This gives you a perspective of how many items you actually possess, and it’s supposed to make you realize that you don’t really need Mount Clutter in your closet.

color coded colorful pile of clothing from closet decluttering and organizing

Step 2: Figure out what ‘sparks joy’.

Get ready to ride an emotional roller coaster. When you pick up an item, it should immediately invoke positive feelings or memories. Although it sounds simple, I have so many questions for Marie Kondo.

  • What happens if you love AND hate it?
  • What about essentials, I just need it, not want it?
  • How do I stop becoming a hoarder?

If you find yourself crying over a dusty t-shirt, it’s not your fault. This is normal. It sparked something in you, so you should keep it since it holds some sentimental value.

Step 3: Thank the thing, and throw out the rest.

Because we’re humble beings who aren’t purposely killing the earth by being wasteful, we at least have to show gratitude for those items that used to have a purpose in our lives.

Separate your piles into three categories:

  • donatable
  • profitable
  • what absolutely needs TO GO

I took some of my clothes to a store in Charlotte to make some extra cash.

Step 4: Organize your closet

Kondo suggests that you organize items based on colors or sizes because it’ll be easier to find whatever you need because they’re similar to the other items. You could also organize your closet based on seasons, but because I live in Charlotte and the weather is unpredictable, I always layer, so my entire wardrobe is fitting for year-round.

Step 5: Thank yourself.

Congratulations. You did dat. No seriously, this takes a lot of time and energy. And if you did everything correctly, you should be happier with your closet. Everything has a home, and all is well… until next Spring.

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