I did the KonMari clean out recently and got rid of a third of my clothes. I’m not even kidding. (We also got rid of our china and all the remaining wedding crystal from 20 years ago. My kitchen looks GREAT now. For reals.)
I thought it would be hard to let all those clothes go — I’d been hoarding some of them for literally years because omg what if I suddenly figure out how to style that jacket? but once they were all out of my closet and I was left only with things I love — and love to wear — I felt less overwhelmed and honestly, more peaceful.
I know that sounds crazy, but it’s true.
Getting rid of all the things made me think carefully about the value of the things I was keeping (which is Kondo’s whole point, of course). But it also made me think about the connection between value and function — the pieces that bring me the most joy also happen to be the ones that I wear the most often. I gave away my wool pencil skirts because they were totally impractical for my actual work-at-home/volunteer at school/drive everyone to all the places life, and honestly, seeing them hanging there every day and knowing I wouldn’t wear them made me anxious.
The clothes I kept — skinny corduroys, cashmere t-shirt sweaters, button down shirts — are the ones that I reach for without thinking. They fit well, they look good, they work. I can do what I need to do and not worry about what I’m wearing. And that gives me joy.
Although I still feel like I could get rid of more things.
Photo via Style.com, from the Banana Republic Fall 2015 Ready-to-Wear Collection