Welcome to the second post in my KonMari Method series.
The KonMari Method is a tidying and decluttering process based on the popular book The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up by Marie Kondo.
In the first post, I gave you an overview of the method and shared why I chose to use it to declutter my apartment my June 2018 move.
Today we’re talking about purging your clothes!
A KonMari Recap
Declutter By Category, Not By Location
If you’ll recall, one feature that makes the KonMari method unique is that decluttering and purging is done by category, not by room or location.
This ensures that you go through all items of the same type at the same time, purging once and for all.
- Clothes (this is where we’ll start in this post. Yay!)
- Komono, or Miscellany (further broken down into categories such as ‘kitchen ware’ and ‘electronics’ )
- Sentimental Items
A Few KonMari Tips To Remember
- Place all items on the floor.
- Handle each item, one at a time, asking yourself if it “sparks joy.” If it does not, thank it, then discard it.
- If you are having difficulty letting items go, ask yourself what role the item played in your life. Has it fulfilled its purpose? If it has, thank it and let it go.
- Important: avoid organizing items until you have completed the purging process for each category.
My Relationship With Clothes
I have never been one to keep up with the latest fashion trends.
I struggled with weight and body image issues in my adolescence, teens, and early adult years.
For example, this denim dress, though not the most flattering and trendy was one of my favorites because I didn’t feel self-conscious when wearing it.
As I got older and my confidence level increased, I broke out of my comfort zone, and started wearing clothes that were more flattering to my figure, like the dresses in the next two photos.
Despite my confidence level growing with age, I have still never been much of a fashionista, always shopping for the latest trends in fashion.
Still, while going through my closets and dress drawers, I realized that I still had quite a few clothes that I either didn’t particularly like or that no longer fit my style or body.
Why was I holding on to them?
Holding On To Clothes After Weight Loss
Since July 2017, I have lost weight, over 25 lbs and and a full dress size.
After losing the weight, a lot of my clothes were either too big or didn’t fit my new, smaller figure very well.
I have always loved dresses, especially when I was carrying more weight.
Not only are they easy – one piece to just throw on and go – they were also more flattering on my pear-shaped figure.
Even though I bought most of the dresses in the photo above right after my weight loss, I realized afterwards that they didn’t suit me.
I could easily considered keeping many of these dresses, thinking I could pair them with a belt to cinch them in the waist so they wouldn’t look too baggy.
Then I thought to myself…why would I do that? Why would I want to buy belts so that I could keep over-sized dresses?
Simple. I thought that I should hold on to them just in case my weight changed again.
Can you relate?
Weight loss is just as much psychological as it is physical; there is often a lingering fear associated with possibly gaining the weight back.
This fear leads many of us to hold onto clothes that are now too big, so that we don’t have to go through having to buy a bigger size after we have lost the weight.
Letting Go Of The Old Me
Despite my initial hesitancy, I managed to let go of pieces that were either too big or no longer fit.
Here are a few dresses that I truly love and that fit my shape very well.
Even though my closet is pretty empty now, it feels great not having to spend too much time deciding what to wear.
Having a smaller wardrobe makes that process much easier. I also feel good knowing that I am no longer holding onto pieces served that my fear of regaining weight.
Instead, I am living for today, enjoying the pieces that are both flattering to my new figure and that I truly love.
What have you discovered about yourself after decluttering your wardrobe?
Were you holding onto items that no longer suit your style?
Have you ever lost weight, and were afraid to let go of clothes that no longer fit?