Last year I read the book “Magic Cleaning” by Marie Kondo, a Japanese Woman who has dedicated her life to organizing her life and that of others. She uses some easy to follow but drastic rules to unclutter your space. Some of them are too extreme for my taste but the general idea is something to consider. I don’t know if there is an English translation of the book yet, I read it in German.
I already applied her principles to my wardrobe and I got rid of almost everything I never wear (some items I am still holding on to for sentimental reasons) and organized my shirts in boxes. I had to go through all my clothes a couple of times to really feel the difference. Now I have less stuff in my closet but I feel I have more to wear, because I like all of my clothes. We hang on to so many things that we do not need or haven’t used in years just because we spent money (sometimes a lot) and we feel guilty by throwing it out. But this is something I experienced myself: it feels so nice to have only things in your closet you feel good in. I do not get annoyed by putting on outfits that do not fit or in which I feel uncomfortable.
Nowadays I check my closet for unwanted objects every three months, and every time I lose some items that I have not worn since the last time I reduced my wardrobe but I am at the point where I can open my closet and find an outfit in less than five minutes and feel good about it. And If I am looking for something in particular I can find it and do not have to fight my way through all the shirts, pants and skirts that are just messing up my closet.
So as I am planning to reorganize the rest of my house and my belongings over the next couple of weeks I will try to apply Marie Kondo’s principles there as well. With a little luck with the same rewarding results.