As a second topic for the sustainability advent calendar I chose KonMari. What is it or better who is it? Let me tell you the story from the beginning. I was lucky enough to hear about Marie Kondo’s work at the Airbnb Open conference in Paris. Marie showed us how to only keep things that made us joyful. It was almost like a dance performance!
At the beginning I was a bit irritated, because feeling joyous with the help of stuff felt somehow wrong. Anyways, after her presentation that topic stayed on my mind and I decided to get her book since I felt like trying her method, to see the effect on myself.
Let me share, that I sometimes tend to be chaotic. It’s not an overwhelming way of chaos, but I tend to keep things in boxes and then forget about them or keep stuff, that wouldn’t be necessary, such as my mobile phones. I had three at some point that I was charging at all times, because I had forgotten their pin codes. I kept them only for the content, which I could have downloaded easily.
I believe that there is always potential to improve a situation and be it with cleaning up your home to feel more organised or any other measures to make you feel better. Today I won’t be talking about everything Marie shares in her book, but want to share more about how I try to have less clothes and create a capsule collection with high-quality (or better-quality) pieces (which I’m still far from).
Since I felt overwhelmed at the beginning of 2017 I started a huge overhaul and minimised my wardrobe by approximately 50%. I had collected many clothes from high school etc. Even though I have less garments now, there is still way too much left.
I keep on recycling, giving away, selling at flea markets and keep on going to swap events and the Endlos Fesch – fashion library to get some variation in without actually buying new stuff. My new excitement is vintage, which I also tend to collect here and there.
This is how it goes. It does take at least 5 hours, depending on how many things you have to get through.
THE SIX STEPS
ONE: move all your wearables to one place. Best is to throw everything out of your cupboard and get every single piece from wherever it is on that pile.
TWO: start going through every single piece, touch it and think about its story, its fit or how often you have actually worn it.
THREE: decide -> keep it or give it away. I admit, I had an unsure pile during my first round and it’s okay. It felt right for me.
FOUR: move the “give away” bunch into a bag and store it out of your sight, you can decide later if you are going to sell it at a flea market or donate it to a good cause.
FIVE: start grouping your clothes by category and hang them up – bring them in order while you are at it – by colour.
SIX: take the maybe pile and put every single piece on, if you don’t feel good in one, add it to the “give away” pile. If you still aren’t sure, leave it in a container for 3 months. If you miss a garment, add it back to your wardrobe. If you had forgotten about it – give it away.
This will feel amazing after you are done! It freed my mind and I felt at ease. For another challenge go to seven below.
SEVEN: create a capsule collection – a great helping tool I can recommend and am trying to work through at the moment is a short guide by un-fancy or download the guide by VETTA, which I haven’t tried yet.
SUSTAINABILITY ADVENT CALENDER (SECOND PART)
Do you have any other tips and hints that help you with your garment-overload or the creation of a capsule collection? Please share below! I’d love to hear them!