Yesterday, inspired by all those brave souls who have KonMari’ed their way to organized bliss, I decided to tackle my closet and really declutter. Every so often I will do a cursory purge of worn or ill-fitting items, but this time, I was determined to embrace the “spark joy” mantra and really go at it. While I didn’t physically pull everything out of my closet and drawers the way Marie Kondo advises, I did review everything in my closet, drawers, and storage — all of my clothes, shoes, and (perhaps most overwhelmingly) handbags. I was much more
ruthless discerning than in the past, and a lot more items wound up on the bed as a result. The leather jacket I wore not-quite-often-enough that is a little too snug now? Out. The dress that proved to be way too fiddle-y to wear a bra under? Out. The bag(s) I bought because they were pretty and on sale even though they were a little too small for everyday? Out. The cute shoes that I figured would “break in nicely” that hurt my feet all whopping two times I wore them? Out! I realized that many items I was holding onto were things I wouldn’t use much, if ever, but that I couldn’t get my mind around being a sunk cost. And I had no idea how much lighter I’d feel until I got into bed last night! Freshly laundered sheets, a no-longer-crammed closet, a successful drop off to charity, and many tiny psychological weights lifted? Yes to all of the above.
I’m hoping I’ll get more use out of the things I do love now that I can find them easier. This also reaffirmed the concerted effort I’ve been making to only buy things I love rather than getting an item because it is a good deal (and boy, do I love a good deal — just ask my mom!). Plus, it feels good to know that some things will be going to friends and family who will get use and enjoyment out of them — certainly more I would having them take up space in our little house. Perhaps I was a little late to the gate on spring cleaning, but it sure feels good to start my summer with a clean(er) slate.