What I Shed Today

lightening up a little at a time

– worn-out clothes

on January 5, 2017

Last November, Nimue and I met KonMari (not in person, but through her book The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up: The Japanese Art of Decluttering). We found much in it to complement what we’ve learned over years of pursuing what we used to call “organization” and now think of as living in spaces that are beautiful and useful.

Favorably impressed as we are with KonMari’s method, we haven’t bought entirely into it, though we see she has good reasons for her recommendations. For our own reasons, and contrary to her advice, we’re working through the categories a little at a time rather in single-session marathons. But we’re still getting some good results, like this pile:

The lilies of the field would be ashamed to be arrayed in such as these!

The lilies of the field would be ashamed to be arrayed in such as these!

On top are work clothes that were wearing thin or getting stiff with paint. They were easy to shed. Below them, however, are black silk shirts that were such favorites they have been our second skins for years. Even with good care, however, warp and woof begin to part after a decade of constant use. We hadn’t yet admitted it was time to let them go. KonMari’s ritual of embracing an item while thanking it for the service it’s given, funny as it may sound, helped us act on the decisions we realized we’d already reached.

I’ll probably have more to say about KonMari’s principles and techniques in future posts. For tonight, however, I’ll conclude with a grateful bow in her direction.

shedding style: throw away (we have enough rags already)
destination: landfill

Comments welcome … have you ever hugged your clothes?


2 responses to “– worn-out clothes

  1. I like some of her ideas, but by no means all of them. I heard an interesting episode of Restart Radio in which her approach was discussed and the comments in it resonated with me… you might like to listen: https://therestartproject.org/podcast/marie-kondo/

    • revdarkwater says:

      Thanks for the link, I’ll follow it! I’ve thought about KonMari (and our own appropriation of what she promotes) that she offers a textbook example of how context selects and shapes content. Or, as Nimue puts it, “She’s so in her twenties and Japanese!” But I learn more from what’s not like me than otherwise (smile).

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