I Drank the Konmari Kool-Aid
It was a cold and snowy weekend, because what else is new in Minnesota lately. Since we were staying in and not doing much of anything else, I decided to dye my hair. And while it was processing I decided to stream an episode of Tidying Up with Marie Kondo. And if you think this is turning into a “If You Give a Mouse a Cookie” type story, you might be right. Because guess what watching that episode led to? I went Konmari on my clothes.
Here’s the deal. I’m good at pulling things out and getting rid of things that no longer “spark joy.” I have always been good at that. Where I struggle is the organizing of the things I do have. I struggle with having enough space for our clothes. Folding and putting away laundry is my least favorite task, which leads to clean clothes sitting in baskets forever. After watching this one episode I just felt pulled to try the Konmari folding method. I started with my t-shirt drawers. I condensed TWO drawers into one. So, I kept going. My entire dresser and closet is now more organized and clean than I think it’s been since I moved in 13 years ago. I feel like I had a religious experience and my soul has been cleansed. This. Is. Amazing.
Maybe you’ve already been folding your clothes that way for years, but this is a new concept for me. It made folding clothes seem a little more fun. It felt so good doing my dresser that I knew I’d need to keep going. Yesterday I continued with Ollie’s dresser. Being able to see everything clearly in his dresser is amazing also. He even helped me a little!
Next came the biggest mountain – Nate’s stuff. First I asked him if he would mind if I did his dresser. When he agreed, I attacked. I didn’t have as dramatic of a change on his items because his items are bigger than ours, so I didn’t find myself consolidating any drawers, but I can actually close his drawers easily now, so I still consider that a win!
I’m not going as hippy dippy trippy as Marie is with saying “thank you” to the things I’m getting rid of or some of the other crazy things she’s suggesting (you are not touching my books Kondo!) but I’m pretty hooked on this organizational method. I’ve gone all in – I ordered her book and I plan to stream some more episodes. Next I’m hoping to find some skills to help organize our linen closet and kitchen a bit better. I drank the Kool Aid. But, I gotta say, it tastes pretty darn good. I’ll take anything that will give me some feelings of Zen here and there!