Last week I drastically reduced the size of my wardrobe, selling or donating more than half of my clothes, shoes, accessories, and jewelry. I've started tidying my home using the Konmari method, and the first step is to get rid of everything that doesn't spark joy.
In the past, I've gone through my things looking for items to get rid of, but this time I focused on what I would keep. I selected my favorites: the hall-of-famers, the things I would pay to replace if they got lost or destroyed, the things that immediately triggered the response, Of course I'd never get rid of this. Anything I hesitated over got the shaft.
This included tossing things I'd bought recently, things I'd wasted money on and never worn, things that were gifts. Rather than keeping these items in the hopes of extracting some as-yet-unseen value out of them, I thanked them for their time and let them go. Thank you for teaching me that sweaters this shape are unflattering on me. Thank you for giving me a thrill the day I bought you.
Rather than feeling a sense of loss, I found that the purge made me feel like I had a whole new wardrobe. I felt lighter and I felt a deeper sense of appreciation for the things I owned. Wow, I thought, I own so many lovely things. I feel so lucky to have such a great wardrobe. Not only could I store all of my clothes easily in my dresser and closet now, but I no longer experienced the feeling of having a closet of clothes and nothing to wear.
Soon after reducing my closet, I used the same method to reduce the contents of my bookshelves. Once again, the effect was invigorating. Yes, I love being surrounded by books, and I will always want to own a good deal more books than Marie Kondo (created of the Konmari method) herself owns. This is one area where stark minimalism isn't necessarily my goal. However, the feeling of being surrounded by books is even more pleasant when those books are all favorites. And bookshelves look even more inviting when the books are arranged into sections and interspersed with bookends and other decorative objects.
Next I'm going to go through my kitchen tools, craft supplies, and other miscellaneous belongings. I can't wait until my whole house feels the way my closet does now.
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