Wednesday, April 29, 2015

Marie Kondo's The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up: Round Two (Clothes)

Marie Kondo's The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up: The Japanese Art of Decluttering and Organizing translated by Cathy Hirano (Berkeley: Ten Speed Press, 2014)  / Magic Cleaning: Wie richtiges Aufräumen Ihr Leben verändert [lit. "How real tidying changed your life"], (2013).

KonMari categorical method – clothes. All in one go. “Does it spark joy?”  “Express appreciation.”  I gathered all my clothes -- everything except what I was wearing -- and coats -- and piled them on a blanket on the floor. Then I handled every single item and decided one of three ways to go: keep, donate or discard. Everything. What I hauled away:

Sports jackets/suit tops
Donate = 3 (1 tweed)


Button shirts:
Discard = 1
Donate = 5

Sweat tops
Donate = 2

Donate = 1

Sweat pants
Donate = 1

Discard = 6
Donate = 26

Donate = 1 pair

Knit hat
Donate = 1

Pairs of socks
Discard = 14

Mix of donate and discard (broken ones)

Total = 1 sack of discards, 3 sacks of donations
Marie Kondo's Magic Cleaning: Wie Wohnung und Seele aufgeräumt bleiben [lit. "how apartment and soul remain tidy"], (2014).

Closet reorganized -- heavy on left to light on right “like an archer’s aim.” Chest drawers reorganized and folded for optimal display and utility. Storage cabinet ditto. Room for everything, in a civilized fashion. Spare buttons, etc., donated to tailor/seamstress next to dry cleaner. Two ties to dry cleaner. One coat in for repair.

Elapsed time: three hours.

Success: total!

Next category: Books. 

Today's Rune: Gateway. 


Charles Gramlich said...

I always take some summer time to reorganize my books. I never give any away though.

Anonymous said...

Erik-I dare say, the last closet purge I donated ALOT more than that!

Barbara Bruederlin said...

I weed out my own closet regularly, but there is a giant front hall closet that would love to be given the giant all in one go purge. Putting it on my list!