She could not suppress a gasp! The drawer was full of potato like lumps that rolled about. The tops were rolled back to form balls. She was speechless.
Marie Kondo recalled this incident about a client in her book, The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up. Funny thing is, my sock drawer looked very similar to this client’s sock drawer. As I read this, it occurred to me that we develop our own way of doing things unless we are taught a better way. That’s why I continue on my journey in search of happiness, healthy living and good habits. I’m looking for ways to improve my life one habit at a time.
For years and years, I have been rolling my socks up together without any thought — as most habits go.
Reading Kondo’s book caused me to think about not only this, but many of my habits as they relate to my organizational skills. I do believe organizational skills can be taught and, after reading her book, I learned a lot about clearing clutter and organizing my stuff.
I’ve always thought of myself as a loosely organized person. I’m not fanatical about organization, but I like my home and workspace to be neat and orderly. Closets and drawers, on the other hand, have never mattered much to me. I’ve always adopted the “out of sight, out of mind” philosophy.
Kondo challenged many of my long-held beliefs and offered some insight into what my life, closets and drawers could look like. Several of her ideas have taken hold in my mind and caused me to reevaluate my cleaning and organizational habits.
Growing up, I’m sure I was taught how to fold. I can’t really remember. I fold my towels like my mother did and, other than that, I guess I developed my own folding style.
The “KonMari” method is totally new to me, but has already transformed several of my drawers. Kondo’s first clutter-clearing tip is to start with clothing, sort by category, purge and then organize.
So I started with my sock drawer, because she describes how to fold socks and that’s seemed like a simple thing to do! It’s pretty easy to understand, but for a visual how-to, check out Lavendaire’s video below. She does a great job of showing how to fold not only socks, but shirts and other garments as well.
By organizing my drawers using the KonMari method, I can easily see exactly what’s in each drawer. Keeping my drawers organized has never been this easy!
Kondo explained that folding clothing in a flat horizontal way and stacking items one on top of the other like in department stores is an ineffective way to store clothing at home. She recommends folding items into rectangles, finding the “sweet spot” and storing items vertically.
I was skeptical at first, but now I love looking in my drawers and being able to see what I have with one glance. I’m amazed at how simple it is to keep my drawers organized now.
Nostalgia had me keeping clothing, furniture and other things much longer than necessary, but Marie Kondo gave me some ideas for letting go of my belongings.
Clearing clutter can be more about letting go of items rather than just the act of cleaning. Sometimes, we have emotional attachments to our belongings.
That’s where I found myself. I needed to get rid of furniture that represented a different time in my life, but I was too emotionally attached. It sounded a little goofy to me at first, but I tried giving thanks for all of the good times and memories each piece of furniture represented.
After giving thanks, I felt better about giving the belongings away. It also helped to think about the good my furniture could do for others. We have a Habitat for Humanity thrift store in our area, and that’s where I decided my furniture should go. Hopefully, someone can benefit from the things that I no longer need.
Recently, I read about freecycle, a website that matches people with things that would otherwise be discarded. It’s a good place to clear out (or pick up) what others have designated as clutter or unneeded items.
Folding and giving thanks are just two of the suggestions that resonated with me as I read Kondo’s book. You may find many more ideas for clearing clutter and organizing your home.
Keeping my sock drawer organized is such a small thing in the big scheme of life. Every time I reach in to pull out a pair of socks, it makes me happy to see all of my sock resting in lines, organized by size and color.
The days of potato like lumps rolling around in my drawer are over. I no longer have to dig to the bottom of my drawer to find what I need.
This little habit, like so many of our habits, can be life-changing.
“People cannot change their habits without first changing their way of thinking.”
– Marie Kondo
Question: How do you clear clutter? Are you in the habits of keeping your things neat and tidy?
I’d love to hear your comments!