How to Declutter your Closet the Konmari Way | The Life Changing Magic of Tidying Up by Marie Kondo

How to Declutter your Closet the Konmari Way | The Life Changing Magic of Tidying Up by Marie Kondo

Welcome everyone to the first day of our Seven Day Konmari Declutter Challenge!

Decluttering your space is easiest when tackled by categories, organized in order of easiest items to discard, to hardest, like sentimental things. This is why the Konmari Method was developed. Marie Kondo, a Japanese Decluttering Consultant, is an expert of her work, helping hoarders to declutter things they could previously never part with and in turn shift their lives around because as they let go of their unwanted items, they simultaneously seem to let go of their unwanted thoughts, release negative people, and shake bad habits as well.

In the book she wrote “The Life Changing Magic of Tidying Up,” she walks the reader through the same process she walks her clients through. The method is more deeply illustrated in my previous article How to Declutter the Konmari Way | The Life Changing Magic of Tidying Up by Marie Kondo but, in short she guides the reader to start with the one category, take all the items from that category out from anywhere in the home and place it out so you can see the mass of all the items you have in that category, then to hold each object and see if it sparks any joy to you. Going with your intuition, you will discard anything that doesn’t spark joy! For whatever reason, regardless of any excuse, it has to go.

The first category she lists is clothing. Clothing was one of my favorite categories to declutter because this gives you the opportunity to truly define your style. Before decluttering my closet, I had clothing of many different tastes, most of which wasn’t my own, or was fast fashion items that are no longer trendy. I would wear these items because they were there, and most of the time I felt the outfit I chose that day didn’t showcase who I am and my individual style. This made me feel awkward and less than confident. Now, I have refined my closet to only items which go well with each other. That are versatile, and suit my timeless, earthy, minimalistic style.

Begin now by clearing out your entire closet. And, I mean everything!

Starting with tops, begin to hold each item of each category and let all of the items go that do not spark joy. Remember not to rationalize this so much. Have one pile for your hell yes’, and one for your no’s. Take a look at this checklist to be sure you don’t miss a thing! Remember to grab any articles you have in different areas of the house, it’s important to do this all at once.


  • Tops
  • Bottoms
  • Coats
  • Shoes
  • Scarves
  • Hats
  • Belts
  • Bags
  • Jewelry
  • Underwear
  • Socks
  • Pajamas
  • Workout Attire

Keep in mind the style you wish to create. Which Pinterest fashion boards do you identify most with? Let go of anything that doesn’t stick within your one style identity. I tried to only keep accessories and shoes that were black so that it was easy to match them with each other and stay cohesive with fewer items in my wardrobe.

Let go of all the uncomfortable shoes, itchy sweaters, and things that just don’t ever get worn. It’s easy to do this when you start to remember the clothing items you always fall back on regardless of how many items are in your wardrobe. Obviously, you really love something about those items and not the others. Even if it was expensive, if it doesn’t suit you, you don’t use it, or it’s uncomfortable, it needs to go. Someone else could love it more than you.

This isn’t apart of Marie Kondo’s method, but once you’ve made it through your entire wardrobe and have your two piles, go ahead and write out what you tend to love about each item, and what you don’t love.

Do you like the high rise cut in the jeans better than hip huggers? Or maybe you prefer a high neck line in your tops. What about styles you tend to prefer, and styles you know you have to do away with? Is there a color scheme you resonate with most closely?

All of this data is useful information for the next time you find yourself clothes shopping.

With this information in mind, you won’t find yourself purchasing and later regretting the buy. You’ll see what tends to be more timeless for you, so you won’t end up with a ton of last years trends in your wardrobe ever again.

What goes back into your closet should be folded vertically Marie Kondo mentions, so that in the drawer you are able to see all that you own. She also says clothes that seem to look “happier” hanging up can be stored that way. It’s best to have the lightest color clothes in the front hangers, and the darker and bulkier clothes in the back. This creates more space and flow in your closet space, and you will be able to dress yourself with ease.

I don’t want to go into too much detail about organizing the items in your closet that you have left just yet though because Marie Kondo says you should be sure to discard everything in all the categories first before you begin organizing. In my very last post of this seven day series, we will go into depth on the organization technique she has created.

Remember now to discard these items mindfully, give as much as you can to a local thrift shop, and anything that’s too tattered can usually be recycled. Now that you’ve seen the massive amount of clothing you are discarding, I’m sure you will be more careful of what you choose to bring in! I know I am.

Get yourself ready to continue clearing out your home of things no longer serving you, tomorrow you can tackle the next category.

Until then, enjoy your new found closet space!

click here to move on to the next challenge of this Konmari Declutter!

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