When I am invited into a client’s closet to help them purge and prioritize, we inevitably come across some of “those” pieces. By those pieces I mean items that “might” be worn or come in handy “someday”. IF there is a costume party, IF white go-go boots make a comeback, IF I take off the 5, 10, 15 pounds I am trying to… But the reality is that one needs to get dressed TODAY and TOMORROW and the next day, not just that “someday”. And, keeping too many things for “someday” makes it cluttered and challenging to get dressed in the here and now. I have found myself quoting the Kondo method recently with clients and they’re incredibly intrigued.

And, my clients aren’t the only ones. My Facebook feed is burning up with friends claiming to be Kondo obsessed – even my highly organized, most “Martha Stewart-esque”, herbs in her pantry displayed alphabetically, type friend is singing the praises of Marie Kondo. Her book The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up: The Japanese Art of Decluttering and Organizing is on the New York Times best seller list and outlines her process in detail. IMHO the method is a bit kooky, but essentially, has a great deal of merit.

The fundamental question Kondo poses is “Does this item spark Joy?” If it does not, then it is time for you to part ways. Yes, EVEN IF you only wore it once. EVEN IF, it will be fantastic when you hit your goal weight. EVEN IF it was a gift from your mother/sister/friend. IF the item doesn’t bring you joy then you need to get rid of it. She even gives you words to say to let go kindly (I told you it was a bit kooky – but it works!)

While I feel that practically speaking, the idea of only keeping pieces that are GREAT and make you feel GREAT is totally what I am about. (And, I believe what I offer my clients – although sometimes the items greatness needs to be explained and photographed for a client to see it’s potential.) Philosophically speaking, I do have some issue with the assigning of human traits to inanimate objects such as socks (Kondo suggests socks be folded in a certain way because of all the hard work they do for you during the day when we wear them. Ummm – see what I mean?!?) But, overall, I think the good outweighs the slightly odd and if streamlining your belongings (wardrobe or general household) is something you’re trying to tackle, I’d definitely recommend trying it.

Intrigued? Have you read the book? Applied the method? Did it work for you? I REALLY want to know!!! Please share your thoughts in the comments.

Have a life-changing, Kondo-ing, tidy up kind of day!




Cleveland-based personal stylist and fashion blogger.

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