Tiny House KonMari: Closet Before and After

Something that I think is important when following any set of rules laid out for the masses by an individual, such as when using the KonMari method to declutter and tidy one's home, is to make the process work for you. We are all different people with different routines and schedules and amounts of time to allot to things like organizing our closets, and what works perfectly for one person may very well drive another person up the wall.

I like to think that I am making KonMari work for me. I take what works in my home from Marie Kondo's Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up, and I forget the rest. (This is especially true when it comes to tidying with kids, but we'll have to save that for a future post.)

With that in mind, here are a few before and after pictures of my closet. Mostly after. (I seem to get really excited to tidy when I find a spare moment, and I often dig in and then realize I forgot to take a picture first. Oops.)

My closet was actually pretty organized before I started this process. It was just overfull. It's amazing how much you can fit even into a closet that sits in a 400 square foot park model. See how many hangers I had left over when I was done? And I gained one drawer and one shelf.

I wish I would have thought to take some before photos of my sock drawer especially because it was pretty ridiculous. I think I got rid of about half of what I used to have, so you will just have to imagine how completely stuffed that drawer was before I purged. You will notice that I didn't fold everything exactly like Marie Kondo would. The truth is that I did try. But I couldn't get the socks to stay folded, and I realized that I was wasting a lot of my precious time trying to fold socks--time that I could be using for other more important things. So I balled them up, and that actually made me quite happy, so I am not sorry!

When it came time to fold my shirts, I truly gave it my best effort. I even made sure each shirt was standing up on its own before I put it in the drawer. Then I heard cries coming from the living room, so I ran off to make sure everyone was okay (they were), and when I returned to fold the rest of my shirts, disaster had struck. All of my carefully folded tops had tipped over when I shut the drawer. Forget that! So I returned to my tried and true method of rolling my shirts up like cinnamon rolls. They actually make the most of the height of the drawer that way, too.

I also didn't take the time to sort things by color or hang items according to length. I'm going to save my sanity on those specifics and just rejoice that all my clothes actually fit in my closet again. Maybe when my kids are a little older, I'll have more energy to expend organizing my clothes so my closet looks just as fabulous as I imagine Marie Kondo's closet looks.

Until then, I'm happy with the changes I've made here. Getting dressed in the morning is a much more enjoyable experience than it was before, when I had twice as many clothes, and I could never find anything to wear.

It's funny how that works.

Posts in this series:

  1. Tiny House KonMari
  2. Tiny House KonMari: Why Tidy?
  3. Tiny House KonMari: My Clothes
  4. Tiny House KonMari: The Morning After
  5. Tiny House KonMari: Closet Before and After
  6. Tiny House KonMari: My Shoes
  7. Tiny House KonMari: Kids' Clothes
  8. Tiny House KonMari: His Clothes
  9. Tiny House KonMari: Books