Like many people, I’ve been obsessed with Tidying Up with Marie Kondo on Netflix these past few days. While I consider myself a pretty organized person, even I’ve gotten a ton of ideas from Marie. I’ve felt inspired to begin tidying the nooks and crannies of my house based on her method…starting with our master closet.
As you know, Michael and I have only lived in our home for 7 months, so our master closet isn’t really cluttered per se, but I do have a TON of clothes (most of which I don’t wear). On an average week, I find myself mixing and matching the same closet staples and ignoring about 80% of my wardrobe. One of my new year’s resolutions is to buy less and wear what I already have more.
With some ideas from Marie’s show and a few
1. Purge Your Closet with the KonMari Method
In Tidying Up (and in Marie’s book), Marie shares her KonMari method, which begins by taking all of your clothes (in your whole house) and putting them on your bed. Doing this helps you see just how much you actually have. From here, you can begin going through each item individually and only keeping the items that bring you joy. The fun thing about this method, is that it’s not about asking yourself, “when was the last time I wore this?” but rather, “how much do I truly love this?” In my experience, you end up keeping and purging different items when the criteria is joy.
I loved this method for my closet for the obvious reason: it enabled me to purge all the items that didn’t bring me joy. But it also did something a little more unexpected: it made me remember items I loved and totally forgot about. Going through this process was the first step in inspiring me to wear more of my wardrobe.
Bonus: you can make money from all the quality clothing you purge.
2. Catalog Your Entire Wardrobe
As you’re putting all the clothes you’re keeping back in your closet, inventory each item using an app like Cladwell. This will help you remember what you have and will also provide recommendations for pairing items you may not have considered wearing together. Once you start using it, this particular app will also provide stats on how much of your wardrobe you’re actually wearing; it’s a nice way to see progress.
Cladwell is only available on iPhone as of now. As an Android user, I actually keep an old iPhone specifically for my wardrobe inventory. There are other Android apps available as well if you don’t have an Apple device handy.
3. Build Outfits Around Items You Haven’t Worn Recently
Since I inventoried my wardrobe, I’ve been pulling out specific pieces to build outfits around, grabbing items I haven’t worn anytime in recent memory and experimenting with new and different ways to pair them for the season. The app can come in really handy when it comes to determining what to pair, but it’s also fun to play dress-up a bit and experiment with what works and what doesn’t. You may surprise yourself with some pairings; I know I did!
4. Plan Your Outfits in Advance
It’s much easier to think outside the box when you have time to actually think. I’m trying to get into the habit of planning my outfits for the week during the weekend prior. This ensures I’m not just picking the same old outfits day in and day out because I’m in a hurry. It also gives me time to iron and ensure all the pieces I need for an outfit are ready to wear.
This is how I’m planning to wear more of my wardrobe in 2019. How about you?