Day 7: Decluttering Clothes
I've been decluttering so much that I've hardly had time to write about it. My house is feeling so good! Following Marie Kondo's instructions, I began my decluttering journey with clothes.
“The best sequence is this: clothes first, then books, papers, komono (miscellany), and lastly, mementos.”
She asks you to go in this exact order to make the process faster. If we start with mementos, we'd end up spending hours in nostalgia staring at old photo albums and never get anything done. This happened to me :/.
So I went back and pulled every single item of clothing I owned into a pile on the floor. Even though I already half decluttered my clothes when I first read the book, I was shocked to see how much I accumulated in the past year. I'm not a big shopper but I took a trip to Tokyo in the summer and I always lose my mind shopping there. It's so hard to say no to Japan's zany fashion. I needed outside help!
Enter Savannah. I somehow manifested my very own version of Marie Kondo in real life. My dear friend Savannah declutters as a hobby and finds it cathartic to help me let go of my things. She's kind but ruthless. She's patient but was not taking any bullshit from me.
"But Savannah, this dress has pineapples!"
"Does it spark joy?"
"I got it in JAPAN!"
"Does it spark joy?"
"Savannah, I got this on sale from $200 to $10!!!"
"Do you like it?"
"I mean, It sort of fits."
"Sarah, when you don't know, you know."
So with the help of Marie Kondo Jr. I got my clothes down to about 30 items! These includes coats, sweaters, pants, shorts, and tops. Apparently, most of my clothes didn't really spark joy.
"Not all clothes have come to you to be worn threadbare. It is the same with people. Not every person you meet in your life will become a close friend or lover. Some you will find hard to get along with or impossible to like. But these people, too, teach you the precious lesson of who you DO like, so that you will appreciate those special people even more.
When you come across something that you cannot part with, think carefully about its true purpose in your life. You'll be surprised at how many of the things you possess have already fulfilled their role. By acknowledging their contribution and letting them go with gratitude, you will be able to truly put the things you own, and your life in order. In the end, all that will remain are the things that you really treasure."
I'm only slightly freaked out by how little clothes I now have. Mostly I feel extremely happy opening my closet every morning and seeing only things that spark joy :).