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Marie Kondo’s mission is to “Organize the World.” Let’s start with our own personal spaces.
A. What I’m working with:
Small apartment = not lots of clothes storage. I’ve got one small closet and one tall bureau – 3 drawers for me. It seems we have always struggled with clothes storage and moving into apartments without closets!
In apartment 1 (my first NYC apartment) which came without closets at all, see the Walmart Rubbermaid closet system below (link: https://amzn.to/2DZ4TXq) that I put on an open bedroom wall. I put these up on two open bedroom walls, only one wall pictured here:
In apartment 2 (current space) there are two small closets without doors, on which I installed a rod with a curtain (curtain link: https://amzn.to/2y0qxVU) to serve as a “door” on both closets. This was less permanent than installing doors as a renter, and I actually found this technique more pleasant and aesthetically pleasing than leaving it open and even nicer than a real closet door! I have two of this ocean blue shade installed in one bedroom, one as a “closet door” and the other as a curtain for the porch door. In the other bedroom I have two dark purple similar quality curtains, one covering the window and one serving as a “closet door.” See the blue one pictured below:
In terms of drawers/dressers, in apartment 1 I had at first a six drawer long unit. Sold that for valuable floor space reasons, and opted for a skinny, narrow, almost custom drawer unit going upwards instead of lengthwise. Found it on amazon, was SO happy with the width that was perfect for the old apartment, link: https://amzn.to/2RsdbJV. This tall unit held the grown-ups clothes.
In apartment 2, rearranging a bit, the narrow tall dresser holds kids clothes, and grown-ups clothes are now in the heavy, five drawer unit that in apartment 1 housed miscellaneous items – kitchen towels, electronic equipment, etc.
The sturdy real wood five drawer unit was a family hand-me-down, no links, but it is easily the heaviest piece of furniture I have. Two strong movers heaved and hawed moving this beast.
Pictured below is the mammoth 5-drawer unit used first in the living room, then re-purposed for clothes in the master bedroom:
It’s important to mention the drawer storage because Marie Kondo relies heavily on drawers for storing clothes. More on her organizing philosophy now:
B. The organizing gets real…
Marie Kondo (KonMari), author of “Spark Joy” and “The Life Changing Magic of Tidying Up,” is on the forefront of organizing gurus today. She is Japanese by origin, and Japan is known for having small apartments and tiny spaces – no wonder she learned to truly keep only what she needs and what “sparks joy” for her.
KonMari recommends storing most if not all of your clothing items in drawers utilizing her unique clothes folding and storage method. At first this method seems foreign and more time consuming when doing laundry, but over time it gets easier, faster, and becomes second nature. It truly is the most efficient way to store clothes in drawers – more things fit inside along with the advantage that you can see all that you have! No more searching for clothes for hours.
Below see the same drawer, on L it is not organized via the Konmari method, on R it is! (It is the same drawer, I’m not sure why it’s showing up brighter on the R)
I do believe in going through the KonMari method to the T, following all of her steps and recommendations. A primary component of the KonMari method is to keep the items which spark joy and to declutter and purge the items that don’t. She advocates doing this once and for all, to do a big organizing project (she predicts it will be over a six month period) and then thereafter only follow up maintenance will be needed. This level of organizing will not have to be attempted again.
This part is crucial. Most of us accumulate and obtain way more than we need or truly want. It is a huge breath of fresh air to let go of the clothes that no longer serve you at this time in your life, make space for new clothes that will spark joy and maintain a usable closet. I have gotten rid of numerous garbage bags full of clothes using this method, clothes that I hadn’t touched in years and didn’t plan on wearing but held onto ”just in case” (how many of you can relate??)
I also now have a bag in my closet designated to put things in that I find no longer spark joy or that no longer fit for donation.
After going through the whole KonMari method, I believe it is acceptable to adapt her philosophies/strategies for your lifestyle and space. For example, she advocates to keep all seasons in your closets and shoe spaces, doing away with storing the off-season clothes. I have implemented this in our closets in terms of winter coats, but i have found that keeping our snow boots in the entryway with our other shoes year round is not practical for us nor for our space. Snow boots and all-weather shoes I store in the closet during for the summer months.
Links to stuff I used:
Rubbermaid Closet Configuration: https://amzn.to/2DZ4TXq
Curtains for Closet Doors: https://amzn.to/2y0qxVU
Awesome NARROW dresser from Amazon: https://amzn.to/2RsdbJV
Black hangers I use, allow for more things to fit in the closet! https://amzn.to/2OJJVfm
Marie Kondo’s Book “The Life Changing Magic of Tidying” https://amzn.to/2DFThaS
That’s all for now, folks! I’ll share more Konmari photos of my Kitchen organization Konmari style, other rooms of the house purging and tidying, and my hanging clothes closets sorted in her recommended way as well. For now, goodnight and good luck organizing! ~Shirit