Honestly, it seems as if these clothing categories can go on forever!
I’m now up to clothes that should be hung, the next category in my tidying journey based on Marie Kondo’s book. The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up: The Japanese Art of Decluttering and Organizing, There are still six more clothing categories alone, in addition to like, the whole rest of my house 🙂
I suspect my time constraints are no different than for anyone else with a normal, busy life. So, I’m here to say you can do it in spurts. Just keep moving forward!
Bottoms, for me, are quite an easy category as I don’t have near as many as I do tops and I clean through them on a regular basis. Some folks I know have over 75 pairs of just jeans. I don’t own 75 bottoms in total!
I started with skirts. Now, very few people have ever seen me in a skirt or a dress, but I do like them. I wear them on occasion and buy only what I really, really like. I have 11 and I kept them all.
As for shorts, I don’t have many of those either. In spite of the fact that I live in the desert, I tend to only wear shorts around the house, and will switch to pants when I go out. I used to buy certain brands that I liked but they are no longer available and I haven’t replenished them. However, I did an honest purge here and got rid of over half.
Pants, as I said, I constantly update. I have specific brands and styles I like so when they go on sale or I see that one is wearing out, I toss and replace. However, I realized I was keeping a few pair that I hadn’t worn since the last century. Amazing they were still in my closet! Out they went! I kept 75 percent of my pants.
I do have some special occasion pants which are not included in this bunch. That’s a future category. These are my everyday and work pants and jeans.
I did demote – downgrade – one or two pair of pants to loungewear, which is verboten in Kondo’s world, but I think they were originally loungewear and I upgraded them. So, now they got put back in their place.
I know Kondo is very specific about not downgrading any clothing. With the KonMari Method, you should just get rid of it. In many cases, I agree but I’m not completely sold on the idea. I spoke with some friends about this and they all said they downgraded clothing and that allowed them to get additional life out of items they loved. In the book, Kondo’s experience has been that downgraded clothing simply becomes a pile that takes up space and is never worn again. If that’s the case, then yes, discard.
I don’t believe loungewear is the only category to downgrade to. After all, you don’t want to purchase brand new clothing to clean the garage, paint, garden and so on. One usually wears clothes that have seen better days but still have life in them. I realized this after I cleaned through all my t-shirts and discovered I only had good ones left, ones I would never wear for really dirty projects around the house. Luckily, there was one in the hamper that fit the cleaning category.
We in the United States are very blessed with lots of space and need appropriate clothing to do certain chores. Downgrading clothing is normal to me for specific circumstances. Maybe this is simply how I was raised and you have different experiences. I’d love to hear your thoughts!
Here’s a perfect example of how easily something new and beautiful can get ruined so you need to have specific clothing for chores. I was running out the door the other day when I noticed the top lock of the screen door wasn’t closing properly. It does this about once a year when it gets cold here in the desert. I ran to the garage and grabbed my handy can of WD-40, sprayed it into the lock until it worked properly, put the can back and went on my merry way. When I returned home, I took off my brand new puffer vest, only to notice the stains from the WD-40 spray! I didn’t spray much or for long. It didn’t appear that the spray had extended far beyond the lock. However, I now have stains on my puffer vest that I doubt will ever come out.
As for storing my bottoms: Skirts, obviously, need to be hung. So, they remain in the closet. Shorts have always been folded, so no change there. However, where they are located after this journey remains to be seen. Pants – well, the jury is still out on how I want to handle my pants. I have lots of friends who fold their pants and many others who hang them. I’ve generally hung the ones in current rotation and folded extras in a drawer. I really can’t decide what I want to do here. As I clean and rearrange my closet, chest and nightstand, I certainly hope that the answer becomes evident.
My closet continues to show a shift to one which I feel reflects my personality. thus bringing me joy. There are still several clothing categories left (shoes, accessories, etc.) so the sorting and discarding continues.
Thanks for joining me on this journey. There’s much more to come. Next up: Socks, underwear and handbags.
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