Minimalism is a mindset, a real philosophy, one that I haven’t embraced in my life. Although I’m not a minimalist, I try to keep everything simple and uncomplicated. Perhaps, it’s my line of work that has me geared up for finding solutions to real problems and editing everything as I go. Hence, I find myself constantly trying to improve my life quality, especially in terms of organization, that ultimately increase efficiency and productivity. Clearly, that includes keeping my closet organized too – as a maximalistthough!
Chances are that some of you may have heard of Marie Kondo, the Japanese organizing consultant (or her Konmari method). Her popularity has reached almost sky high, because her approach to organization has a universal appeal. At the end of day, a well organized space can keep our stress levels and frustration reduced. Therefore, it makes perfect sense to give her method a go.
Personally, I de-clutter my closet quite often. But over the years, plenty of buys have piled on; curated buys that is, that I’m not willing to give away. I still enjoy wearing them. As such, I came up with my very own way of organizing my closet and it has worked for me really well over a decade.
Even so though, I was tempted to try out Marie Kondo’s method of folding T-shirts and other wear. I thought to myself: ‘Hey, what do I have to lose?’ Unfortunately, the outcome was somewhat disappointing, because it turned out that many of knits, tees e.t.c. were left out. It turns out that Marie Kondo’s method works great if you are a minimalist. But if you’re a maximalist then, it is a huge challenge and honestly, I’m not ready to totally and completely embrace minimalism.
Now, don’t get me wrong. I don’t own 50 pairs of high heel shoes, 10 black silk shirts among another 30 white ones and at least 20 blazers for any time of the day, night, season or occasion. I do believe though, that I managed to own a well curated wardrobe, that I put together on a budget, but more importantly one that reflects my style and works for me. Thus, giving up some of those possessions didn’t sit with me well.
As such, I went back to my old ways of storing, placing and hanging my clothing, where I keep the most frequently worn items in my bedroom (in one small closet and a dresser). As for my shoes and outerwear, I keep those with all the other family members in a space under a staircase that has been made-over to include a tiny closet for our outwear and open shelves for our shoes.