JAPANESE ART OF DECLUTTERING

We all want a closet that looks like this, right?!  Organized, with shelves for shoes and handbags, drawers for accessories, and room to see everything while you get ready.  If I had this kind of space I think I’d wear more of my clothes, as they wouldn’t get “lost” in the corners.  Unfortunately, things get pushed to the back or under the hanging clothes, never to be seen again.  And while some of my friends have the luxury of this kind of space, most of us have a closet more like this:

I’m planning to spend time over the holiday weekend addressing the issue of my overflowing closet and attempt to thin out things I don’t wear anymore.  This is also in preparation for Nordstrom Anniversary Sale, but I digress.

You’ve probably heard about the New York Times bestseller about the Japanese Art of Decluttering.  I’m completely fascinated by this book, because the approach to getting through the clutter is fresh and unconfined by rules.  Forget about things like, “if you haven’t worn it in a year, get rid of it”.  The truth is, I’ve changed jobs, took a work hiatus, moved, or just experienced a really mild winter, so not wearing something for a year isn’t a good rule of thumb for me.

In the case of Marie Kondo’s bestseller, instead of focusing on what to get rid of, you’re deciding what to keep.  Keeping only the items that bring you joy and happiness, you part with everything else.  Thank the item for the joy it brought you in the past, and move it on.

I’ll let you know how it goes, and I promise before/after photos!

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