You, Me, Marie Kondo, And Your Closet

"Keep only those things that speak to your heart. Then take the plunge and discard all the rest.” – Marie Kondo

By now you have probably heard of Marie Kondo and her system of tidying. With Marie achieving a lot of success with her book and Netflix special, I have a lot of people asking me what I think of the KonMari method. I always hesitate to answer because for me there is no short reply.

Let me be honest. I am a HUGE fan of having organized drawers, dressers, and closets. I also truly believe in donating things we no longer like, use, or need.

But…for me, getting rid of clothing is just not the same as clearing out books, paperwork, or other household items.

Clothing has a strong emotional attachment to it. Clothing can bring back memories – both happy and sad. Clothing can remind us of how much was spent on particular items and, in turn, this can make us feel guilty. And guilt can make us unable to discard things. Take a look in your closet, and you can probably find a dozen pieces that induce an emotional response.

Editing and discarding things from your closet is often a process that requires help.

And, while you can see how having help with this process will be beneficial, you may also be thinking:

  • Is my closet the messiest she has ever seen?
  • I’m embarrassed because I’ve held onto this stuff for so long.
  • I should be able to do this on my own, but I don’t seem to be able to…
  • Can she really help me with this project that I’ve been meaning to tackle?

Let me say that I will not be passing judgment on you, your clothes, or your closet when I come to help.

I am a true believer that we hire experts to help us in areas where we do not have the expertise – and my expertise comes in the form of fashion and organization. I love organizing your clothes so that they make sense in your closet. Yes, let me repeat that - I love taking a look at your closet and creating a space that works for your style.

Let me assure you when I see a closet I go into “mission mode” – and your closet is my mission.

Here’s my process:

First and foremost, I want to get to know you. I want to know who you are, what your beliefs are regarding clothing, and what lifestyle you lead so we can develop a strategy to support that.

Once I know these things, we empty your closet so that we can look at your clothes together and you have the opportunity to try on your clothes. This helps us decide whether things stay or go.

While doing this, I will separate your clothes into different categories and colors because I believe: If you see it, you will wear it. Did you know that you have formed habits regarding your closet? You probably stand in the same place every time you enter your closet – which means you look at the same things first, and these are probably your go-to pieces. I’ll organize your closet so that you are looking for different items, but it’s not a drain on your time and energy.

And when we’re finished, I want you to think:

  • My closet looks amazing! I can easily pull out an outfit to wear and not spend hours trying on different things!
  • My clothes are so well-organized and easy to find that I’m saving precious time that allows me to do other things.
  • I’m saving money because I now know what I have. No more wasting money on buying the same things over and over! Now I buy just what I need.
  • I’ve thrown shame out the window! I no longer feel guilty about having items in my closet that I don’t wear or will not wear in the future.

What matters is that you can see everything and that it’s organized so that pulling out an outfit is easy, and dressing has become more enjoyable and not a chore.

My passion is empowering women, and I do that through their clothing and style. That means you should enjoy getting dressed and like how you look.

So, ask yourself if now is the time to finally rid yourself of the clothing clutter, or as Marie Kondo would say, “Is it time to tidy your closet?” If you’re ready – so am I. Let’s start a conversation on how I can help make your closet and your clothes work for you.

Are you and your closet ready? Click here to contact me and get started!