The closet cleanout has taken on new form with KonMari, the Japanese decluttering method that gives Feng Shui a complete makeover. The system of organizing and simplifying is trending, largely due to Marie Kondo’s book, The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up: The Japanese Art of Decluttering and Organizing, which is taking over book clubs by storm.
It can be hard to part with your favorite swimsuit from your pre-baby days or your collection of cards that you saved from your wedding. But the KonMari system makes it easy. In much the same way that Danielle Laporte’s Desire Map is helping people focus on feeling, Kondo’s book is encouraging you to concentrate on joy.
When you’re getting ready to clean out your closet to make room for your warm-weather wardrobe, instead of trying to remember whether you’ve worn that printed tunic in the past year or if your favorite jeans still fit, just ask yourself one question: Does that bring me joy?
If the outfits packed into your closet aren’t making you happy, there’s no reason to hold on to them. Once you get rid of that sundress that doesn’t quite fit and the short shorts that are serving as a place holder for the moment you actually make good on your gym membership, you’ll find that you have room to breathe.
Even better, you’ll have space to enhance your wardrobe with pieces that make you feel fit and fabulous. Do you feel indulgent thinking about throwing on a simple shift dress to cruise around town as the weather warms up? Are you thrilled when you check out our zip up rashguards that keep you covered as the spring breezes pick up? Put more versatile pieces in your closet as you weed out the ones that don’t make you squeal with delight.