05 Apr The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up
Perhaps you’ve read The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up subtitled the Japanese art of decluttering and organizing by Marie Kondo. Recently I reached my breaking point of being disorganized.The only area in my home remotely organized was my sewing room.
I got a taste of the book on my flight to Scottsdale inspiring me to keep my suitcase organized while there, but I read the book in its entirety on the flight home and have been tidying up for the last four days…….. in my bedroom. It’s a must read book for anyone desiring to get organized which takes approximately six months and starts with clothes. Now that my clothes are organized I’m ready for more, but first I want to share my progress with you.
Getting rid of clothes is extremely difficult for me since nearly every item is a potential refashion opportunity, but Marie’s philosophy of letting go eventually penetrated my desire to keep everything. The two-fold magic happened during the folding process as I examined the condition and quality of clothes, AND as I learned a new organization method. Marie teaches clients to fold sweaters, knit tops, scarves, PJs etc… into rectangles which are stacked vertically.
My drawers went from this
Scarves, shoes, jeans, dresses, tops, and all clothes are not only organized but easily accessible without disrupting the other clothes. It is life changing and my guilt is gone.
I suppose I could have finished organizing my clothes a day earlier if I didn’t sew.
One of the questions one is to ask before keeping or discarding an item of clothing is whether or not it brings you joy.…… I own many clothes that bring me joy that needed some TLC. Lots of buttons were replaced and many stains were removed but below are a few favorite saves.
1. Bedhead Pajamas
I could not discard one of my favorite Christmas gifts from 2011. The bottoms were ripped in the abs through the drawstring. The top was missing buttons. After adding a triangle shape of fabric to fill in the rip, replacing buttons and pressing the piping my favorite PJs are ready for bed 🙂
2. An early favorite – Simplicity 2497 . My unprofessional hem had fallen out and was replaced with a new narrow hem.
3. Tunic sewn from Grandmother’s Sheet.
I originally made the tunic with a back zipper which distracted from the overall appearance of the top. I also thought the length of the sleeves were in no man’s land, plus they wrinkled when I bent my arms.
The one rule I could not follow was throwing away random buttons. 😉
Organizing anything brings about a time of reflection for me, but as a sewist, every garment was scrutinized regardless of its destiny! Sentimental reflection segued into technical examination confirming my sewing strengths and weaknesses, the advantages of sewing and exposing me to a few RTW details, especially in shirt construction.
Best of all …… now that my life has been changed ………. I can passionately return to my favorite hobby with clarity and purpose!
So here’s to the life-changing magic of tidiness – may it improve your sewing and all other life pursuits 🙂