You guys!!! I did a KonMari (well, kind of) makeover to my wardrobe years ago (check it out) when I first learned about Marie Kondo and her genius organization skills. The truth is, I started reading her book, The Life Changing Magic of Tidying Up and after the first chapter I just had to start decluttering and cleaning. I didn’t even finish the book! Now that her Netflix special is up, I see just how much I missed out on by not following through. Now that we’ve been in our smaller house for going on 4 years, I decided it was time to give this whole KonMari method another try and Tom decided to join in! You can keep reading to either watch the YouTube video we did or keep scrolling to check out all the photos and info about our KonMari closet before and after.
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There are a few basic steps to the KonMari method created by Marie Kondo. You can learn in detail about all of it in her book, The Life Changing Magic of Tidying Up or I’ll give you a quick rundown here.
We personally don’t have a ton of paper clutter thanks to the Paperless Home method. This is a great way of keeping all of your important papers organized…but doing it digitally! Get more information on living paperless.
Tom and I each had our own goals for taking back our closet space with the KonMari method.
My personal goal was to finally be done with all the “office” clutter I kept on top of our closet.
Needless to say, since downsizing our house, we have had to get creative with making the most of our space and while I think we’ve done a great job, this time I was determined to find a new home for our bulky printer, paper and scrapbook stuff on the top of my side of the closet. (All stuff we use frequently for homeschooling.)
Tom’s goal was to hopefully get all of his work clothes put into our dresser and free up space on the top of his side of the closet as well.
I can’t even tell you how dark and depressing this photo really is. It has been brightened up just so you can actually see, but the reality was very dark indeed.
Here is another shot of what the ground in our closet looked like. Our king sized comforter is living it’s last days (keep your eyes peeled for that post coming in the future!) I have my mom’s camera bag since she asked me to sell her stuff online for her and in a recent attempt to create more space I thought I would try storing some of our games in our closet as well.
Clearly…none of this is working.
I only took photos of my dresser drawers before getting started with the KonMari method because Tom wasn’t originally sure he wanted to hop on board.
You can tell I had already been (kind of) using the KonMari folding method in my drawers. However, after watching her Netflix special I realized that I was actually folding all wrong! (Probably should have read the book!)
Here’s what my drawers were looking like…
I didn’t snap a photo of my underwear and socks drawer but trust me…it wasn’t pretty.
I can’t even begin to express how much I love stepping foot into my closet now! Everything seems so much brighter and happier than it did!
The biggest shock is, I actually added more clothes to my wardrobe!!
Tom went down into the basement to bring up our capsule wardrobes for us to go through on top of what was already in our closet and dressers! This final result includes the items I chose to keep from my capsule wardrobe!
Look how much better it all looks! — And I can’t express enough how glad I am to have gotten rid of all the office stuff for good!
I know you didn’t get to see Tom’s dresser before (and in all honesty, it’s always pretty tidy, but this has totally blown me away!
What else can I KonMari!?!? After tackling our closet and dressers I made my way to our bathroom cabinets. One thing that Marie Kondo really stresses is making sure you can see all of the items you have quickly and easily.
It makes so much sense!
I also love the idea of taking everything and putting it into one pile. This was something I didn’t do before: KonMari Office and Bedroom.
Seeing everything you have in one giant pile really puts into perspective just how much you actually have and encourages you to be honest about what brings you joy.
We plan to tackle the kitchen next so stay posted!