marie kondo effect


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!

marie kondo

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.


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.

marie kondo

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.


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!

photography: Corinna Stabrawa
jumpsuit and trousers rented from Endlos Fesch.
white t-shirt with stripe bought at Vis a Vis pop up “pay what you want”.
hat vintage.

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  • Reply
    December 19, 2017 at 4:58 PM

    NEAT! You have a gorgeous theme and set up to your website. Do you do your own photography?

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      December 31, 2017 at 4:30 PM

      dear meg, yes I do most of it myself. otherwise, the sources are stated in the respective post!

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    Hanna Rein
    December 19, 2017 at 5:47 PM

    Ich liebe die KonMari-Methode… hatte damals, als ich noch zu Hause gelebt habe, nur einen Ladenschrank – mit ihrer Falttechnik hat dort alles wunderbar hinein gepasst. Jetzt hab ich einen Schrank in dem ich endlich sehr viel hängen kann… Möcht mir noch diese Woche Zeit für meine Kleidung nehmen – woran ich mir aber immer noch den Kopf zerbreche ist, wie ich die Kleidung ordnen soll. Nach Farbe, nach Art, …. wie handhabst denn du das?

    Lieben Gruß

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      December 31, 2017 at 4:29 PM

      liebe Hanna, danke für dein kommentar. bei mir ist es momentan etwas chaotisch aber ich versuche es auf jeden fall nach art zu hängen, d.h. alle hosen zusammen, alle blazer zusammen etc. und dann manchmal auch nach farbe – die dunklen nebeneinander, die blauen daneben… nach art erscheint mir auf jeden fall praktischer und effizienter. denn im alltag suche ich immer nach der art der kleidung und nicht wirklich nach farbe, das passiert dann passiv nebenher.

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    December 19, 2017 at 5:48 PM

    Sounds cool! For me this would be a real struggle – if I’d throw away 50% I would not probably have any clothes left. Honestly, because of moving so much lately I don’t own too many clothes. Moving around is actually quite easy way to make sure you’re not collecting too much stuff. You just must sell, donate or throw away 90% when you move abroad or back.

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    Jasmin N
    December 19, 2017 at 10:18 PM

    This is exactly what we do each time we move. It’s so refreshing to get all the stuff we don’t need out of our corners.

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    December 20, 2017 at 1:23 AM

    Love these tips! Every year I do the “hanger trick.” I take all the hangers in my wardrobe and face them so they’re hanging away from the door. If I wear an item then it gets hung back up facing the right way. At the end of a set timeframe I can see what I haven’t actually worn and evaluate whether those pieces should be donated.

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    December 20, 2017 at 3:27 AM

    I have read so many things about Marie Kondo and also about the capsule wardrobes. I need to do some shopping and try to create this in my closet.

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      December 31, 2017 at 4:24 PM

      dear sara, why not try to create a capsule wardrobe with the things you have? that’s way more efficient and you will be able to wear and re-wear your old/loved stuff! 🙂 finding new combinations is quite exciting, at least for me!

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    December 20, 2017 at 12:20 PM

    The first time I read the book I was ready to transform my house, and I did it somehow. Now, every time I start loosing control on my belongings I turn back to this book. Great review and presentation!

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      December 31, 2017 at 4:22 PM

      wow Helene! that’s amazing. I am still stuck in the middle somehow. for me the toughest is to find a solution for my stuff quickly without throwing the items out, because I feel sorry for them. they may be useful to someone somewhere. sometimes it’s a quality product I would rather sell than just give away. so it’s a mix of to-dos, that take quite a while to get sorted out.

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    December 20, 2017 at 12:52 PM

    Sounds pretty interesting, and those are some great suggestions xo

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      December 31, 2017 at 4:18 PM

      thanks, Ivana! hope they are useful and you can use them in your daily life! 🙂

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    December 20, 2017 at 3:12 PM

    I remember when I moved to Dubai for a year. I only brought 3 suitcases (that’s not a lot..). And I was never happier without having all my stuff from home. It wasn’t the stuff that made me happy, I learned there.

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      December 31, 2017 at 4:17 PM

      great experience! three suitcases is quite a lot for me, I must admit. when I moved to australia for a year, I only brought one. but I left with almost two at that time! 🙂

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    December 20, 2017 at 6:05 PM

    Loved reading this post dear. Those tips are amazing – actually I can use some of them in my life too. 🙂

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