On my journey to organized bliss, I had to start somewhere. As my new guru of organization, Marie Kondo suggests in her book "The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up," not only is there a ritual to follow but a specific order to the process. This starts with one's Closet.
Key things to follow (the Cliff's Note version):
DO NOT TIDY EVERYDAY
In other words, if you do a little at a time, nothing will get done. You need to make it a special event and commitment.
SORT BY CATEGORY, NOT LOCATION
You must dump out all items into one location—Marie Kondo recommends your floor. If you store off season items in another location, go grab those items and add them to the pile. There is only one opportunity to purge. If you forget about those items only to find them later, assume they are to be purged or donated. If they weren't important enough to remember during the cleaning, then they do not bring enough joy to stay.
Any good clean needs to start with your clothes. This is the thing that is most personal and is the best test for the method. After this, everything else is easy!
FOLDING IS EVERYTHING
Fold and place items upright in drawers instead of lying them flat and stacking, that way everything is visible when you open the drawer.
Here we go...I took a deep breath and began. I started by pulling everything out and emptying all of the drawers as suggested.
Keeping in mind the philosophy of only keeping what “sparks joy” in my life and discarding everything else I began to put things in their proper places. Hanging some items and neatly folding others. A great folding technique I learned from Marie Kondo's "The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up" was to fold and place items upright in drawers instead of lying them flat and stacking that way everything is visible when you open the drawer. Tomorrow on HALE I will share more organization tips for your Spring Cleaning endeavor.