I don’t like the feeling of opening my closet and finding that everything is disorganized. It’s chaos for the eyes when everything is in a different place. And even if I organize it, the cupboards themselves are too profound and too deep so there is too much space around my stuff when it’s organized. And this invites the chaos. People who design those closets don’t know how to tidy themselves and they have no imagination as to how this would look once full. It’s difficult to find a wardrobe that is well designed for everyday use. Most wardrobes look like “war drops” after a while.
One of the reasons there is so much clutter is that we didn’t learn, like in Japan, to fold clothes and put them inside the drawers, so that when we open a drawer it is perfectly clear as to what is inside and easy to pick the item you want to wear. They do it in high quality shops but for home purposes you cannot find a good wardrobe with a lot of drawers and the perfect size to put folded clothes.
We hang way too many clothes on hangers and we put clothes in very deep shelves in piles, so if you take one item out, everything falls down, unless you care to struggle a bit to put it back in place. Finding clothes in the morning is a nightmare.
Another reason why there is so much clutter is simply because we have too much stuff. Check it out yourself. For one month put aside in a different area all the clothes that you decided to wear and that you like wearing. You’ll probably see that you wear only 20% of your clothes. Why not ditch the rest? If you are afraid that you would be lacking in something, you can always buy yourself something new. The only rule you should keep is to only buy things that you are sure you would wear at least 5 times each month. If not, the new stuff will create the same old clutter again.
The rules for successful decluttering:
- If you haven’t worn it in the last month, put it in a storage box or throw it away.
- If you haven’t worn it for a year, just throw it away or give it away.
- If you don’t like the item or it doesn’t fit you, just throw it away or give it away now.
- Make sure that in your closet you only have clothes that you like, that fit you and that you wear frequently.
- Learn how to fold clothes in the Japanese way, you’ll save a lot of space.