I have dedicated September to Marie Kondo and I’m following her book, The life changing magic of tidying up.
I have sorted through undergarments* today. *Ok socks, knickers/pants. I am British, I was trying to be polite, cut me some slack! It was a surreal conversation to ask pants and socks – do you spark joy? However weirdly I found that some items just didn’t spark joy. I then committed a Kondo crime I had balled up the socks I planned to keep. Funnily enough I only noticed because I thought they are taking up a fair amount of space. Whereas folded socks look nicer and take up less space. Mmm. This book makes a lot of sense.
I then gathered all my shoes (boots, sandals, trainers) together. A crucial part of Marie Kondo’s method is to group everything together so you get to see truly how much you have. This hurts and can be a bit shocking. I nearly relegated a pair of trainers to DIY workwear (such as painting). But then I realised I don’t do much painting.. So they and a pair of unworn and hugely uncomfortable boots were let go. I haven’t thanked them but will when I drop off the bags to charity. Luckily I don’t have many pairs but was still frustrated to find a pair of new flip flops that I hadn’t worn (had forgotten about) and would have been ideal for summer. Lesson learned.
I love scarves. They are the equivalent of lusting over beautiful fabrics. Even better you get to wear them. So again I grouped them all in one place. Saying thank you and goodbye to a scarf was a bit harder than I thought it would be. A scarf given to me as a present was hard to give away but the simple fact is it didn’t suit me.
So that’s what I’m calling phase 1 for clothes. I didn’t think I got rid of much but three bags are waiting to go to the charity shop. All containing stuff that doesn’t bring me joy and frankly has got in the way of the good stuff. Think sandal-gate.
Have a brilliant and joyful day,