A couple of weeks ago I took on the task of decluttering and organizing my closet. I had been meaning to do this for the longest time but just looking at the mess was overwhelming. I realized that all the clutter and messiness was affecting my creativity. I have so many projects I need to get done for my upcoming wedding and sitting in a space filled with clutter was making me anxious.
Believe it or not, having an organized closet has felt like I have organized my mind. I think I’m a bit addicted. There are two other sections in my bedroom that I plan on decluttering soon and I’m actually looking forward to it.
The decluttering and organizing method I used I learned from Marie Kondo’s book (which I’m sure you’ve heard of many times before), The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up. I read this book when I was living with my parents and it’s been about two years since I moved to my own apartment so I needed a refresher on her methods and techniques.
[one_half]The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up
By Marie Kondo
This is the book I read that helped me get started on decluttering my closet. Marie Kondo lays out step-by-step how to simplify, organize and store your belongings. I definitely recommend you pick this up if you’re looking for methods and tips on simplifying and organizing your home.
Because I had a general idea of the concepts in her book, I didn’t want to reread the whole thing again. So, I looked up some youtube videos that explained the process. The two YouTubers that helped the most were Rachel Aust and Lavendaire. I even played Lavendaire’s tidying playlist in the background while I was cleaning and organizing to help me stay on task and it worked! I’m glad I revisited the KonMari method because it’s made me realize how much having tidy surroundings affects my mood.
It took me about 4 hours to go through all the items in my closet and decide whether I was going to throw it out, keep it or donate. After I was left with only the items I wanted to keep, I took a look at my closet and visualized what type of storage containers I was going to need and headed to Target. I purchased exactly what I needed and started putting everything away. This worked out great because I finally gave everything in my closet a “home”. It’s been about 2 weeks since I organized my closet and it still looks as neat and organized as the first day.
Below I’ve listed a few benefits I’ve found after organizing my closet:
1. I’m wearing everything in my closet
2. Getting ready in the morning is so much faster because I know exactly where everything is
3. Tidying up and putting clothes away is easier because everything has a home
4. I’m spending less because I make sure I have a space to store any clothing item I purchase
Does having a neat space help you feel more creative?