Does It Spark Joy Or Does It Just Fit? 🙃😩 | Decluttering My Clothes With The KonMari Method

Does It Spark Joy Or Does It Just Fit? 🙃😩 | Decluttering My Clothes With The KonMari Method

October 3, 2019 0 By Peter Engel


– Hey YouTube world, it’s me, Evelyn. I recently Marie Kondo’d my space. The kids, the kids do that. Recently Marie Kondo’d my whole space. And as you can see,
nothing brought me joy. I’m moving is what’s happening. The reason I was able to move all my stuff relatively easily is because beforehand, when I had everything in here, I planned ahead, took
the time and decluttered all my stuff so that I
was only moving things I actually wanted into my new space. Did you know that there
is a crevice of the YouTube internets where
people record themselves decluttering and organizing
their material possessions? (frantic orchestra music) I love it. So that’s what I’m finna do. Let’s declutter clothes. So the first step is to
bring all your clothes from everywhere into one space, one spot. So not just the ones
in your bedroom closet, but also the random hoodies
in the trunk of your car, everything in the coat closet. The idea is to declutter
by category, not by room. I also had a couple loads of laundry, and I didn’t want to like
declutter my dirty clothes, but I was so ready to just
get started that I started the decluttering process
before doing the laundry. What’s in the laundry is a good indicator of what I enjoy wearing
because I did wear it. (beat claps) I am not a fashionista by any means. But it still surprised me, you know, I feel like I have a butt ton of clothes. I do. It kind of overwhelmed me. (sighing) Where did all this come from? Where did it all come from, y’all? Which is hilarious because
everything’s relative. You know, there is someone
who owns four shirts, you know, my brother. And there is someone who owns 200 shirts. What? Sharon, you don’t need, half them shirts. So after putting all
your clothes in a pile, you supposed to touch everything, you know what I’m saying,
to reactivate its juices to reactivate the memories,
you know, in your mind’s eye. And by touching the clothing you remember what it means to you or
what it doesn’t mean to you. A lot of the times, you know, you ain’t even seen that dress
since your cousin’s wedding. Or you haven’t touched that onesie since your baby was a baby. But girl, that baby is
almost three years old. Stop saying 32 months. Supposed to hold it. Think about it. And see if it brings you joy. I’ll make a keep pile. I’ll make a donate pile. Let me just get to it, it’s hot in here. Marie Kondo (laughs). (light xylophone music) This one doesn’t bring me joy because I wear it when I exercise, and I rarely exercise (laughs). This is a maybe. I’m gonna make a maybe pile. (light xylophone music) There’s a couple items in my closet that are props for videos. I bought them for a purpose, a purpose that doesn’t have
to do with me in real life because it was for a video project. So I’m gonna make another
pile called props/costumes. Yeah. (light xylophone music) I forgot I had this. (light xylophone music) So this is another prop. It is a men’s blazer. I wore it for a sketch. Here is the character (laughs). So you know, I want to keep it around in case I wanna bring him back, ya know? But it’s not part of my wardrobe, so I think I’m gonna put it
in the prop pile for later. It is worth noting that I don’t think this is part of the KonMarie
method, making piles. But it was helpful for me
to make different piles and come back to the pieces
I was iffy about later. So like, the first round of does it spark joy was like for speed (snaps). Like yes, no, uh, yes,
no, mmm, yes, no, hmm. Because some things were definite yeses. Oh, okay. This Sade shirt has like
pit stains and like rips, but I love this, girl. This is one of my favorite shirts. Got it at a Sade concert. And you know, I just feel blessed that I was able to do that, you know what I’m saying, in my lifetime. Now, these, these are
hammer-time pants from H&M. I have wore them out. The elasticity in the waist is gone. They got this rip in the booty. There’s a hold over by the ankle, but god dang it, these
are my airport pants. So Ima keep these in the yes pile ’cause it bring me joy. It’s raggedy, but it bring me joy. And some things were definite nos. Ooo, so, this came in a set. Where is the top? It’s like a crop top fashion nova thing that my friend got,
but it didn’t fit them, so they gave it to me, and I just, when I put it on I just looked like Kim Possible’s arch nemesis that like low key, can’t run fast
enough to catch her, no upper body strength, just
a out of breath arch nemesis. I don’t remember. I mean, I might have been nine the last time I
experienced jeans that fit. These jeans are practically new. Worn ’em a handful of times. Felt like crap. They’re tight and they’re
loose at the same time. So. Doesn’t bring me joy. Brings me rage. And then, some things made me feel things, and you know what I’m saying, I like to suppress my feelings
for as long as possible, so I put it in the pile to the side. In the KonMari method, sentimental items is a
whole category unto itself. Sentimental items were difficult for me for more than just the
obvious reasons of it, you know, hits me in my heart pocket. It’s because yes, I have a
box of sentimental items, like photos and cards,
but I also found that I was finding sentimental items along the way in other categories. I would look at a piece
of clothing and realize at that moment that it
was sentimental to me. My cousin gave this to me in Kenya. It doesn’t fit the best. The chesticles are just
a little bit too big. I wear it ’cause I like my cousin, not because the shirt fits. This is my dad’s shirt. I want it. I’ll put it in the maybe. I like my dad more than I
like the shirt (laughs). Another bag. I love the person who gave it to me, but I have never actually used it. Ooo. Why haven’t I used it? It’s going in the maybe. So I decided not to
worry about it too much, you know what I’m sayin’? I’m not gonna stress. I’m not gonna have this
Japanese lady stress me. And I just decided to
declutter sentimental items in each phase of decluttering, if that makes sense. Okay. I have a basket of snapbacks, so. This is full of hats. Let’s go through it. (mellow jazzy music) Oh yeah. (mellow jazzy music) Oh, this hat is for my puppet (laughs). It’s a snapback for my puppet, so. (mellow jazzy music) He don’t really have much
of a head to begin with. Ah, there we go. That’s kinda weird. Close your mouth. Okay, yes (laughs). Let me show you what I have so far. That small pile are prop clothes. This is maybe. Mementos also went here. Things that I can’t wear,
but mean something to me. Oops, sorry, panties (laughs). You see some panties. Alright, so, this is the no pile. This is full of stuff that I
do not like, things like that, and then I also threw in all the panties that need to go, ya know? This huge pile is brings me joy. It’s really all the clothes
that I actually wear. I’m gonna go through that
one again just ’cause I don’t trust myself and I might be confusing fits with brings
me joy, you feel me? So I’m gonna go through that again, but that’s what I have so far. So I sat there with
the pile of things that I said sparked joy and I really for real, for real thought about it. (mellow jazzy music) And I tried on things in the “eh” pile and made decisions based on that. This is not my style,
you know what I’m saying? And it says YouTube on it. Definitely a prop jacket. Aww, but it’s cute and it drapes. Aww. Aww. Naw, it’s a no. I like it?? Ugh!!! Oh, this one shrunk. I remember why I don’t wear it anymore. See, look, my wrists are cold. Who am I? What is this? Like I know I work for
PBS, but like, what… Give you Mister Rogers. A couple yards of fabric from Nigeria. I just haven’t done anything with it. I just have them ’cause every good African girl
should have a wrapper. The bathing suit itself brings me joy, and I’m working on my body bringing me the same amount of joy, amen. I’m gonna work on me, but it’s not the bathing
suit’s fault, okay? (playful throwback 50s music) Do I just have long arms? Like what is happening? You know, it’s giving you a baby shower, but that is not the dress’s fault, okay? I think it’s a cute dress. It’s too much. It’s giving you, I’m giving you collar bone. Lakeith Stanfield cute and everything, but do I need to wear
his face on my torso? Ah, I’m gonna keep that. I’m gonna keep that. (slap) (sigh) (playful throwback 50s music) I don’t know. Um- Why can’t we all just be naked? I basically took a day to get this done. A little more, it kinda trickled over, and the amount of time it takes you just depends on how much stuff you have, but another important
aspect of the KonMari method is to dedicate yourself
to doing it in one go. If it takes you more than a day, make sure they’re consecutive days, back to back, get it done, otherwise, you not gon do it, you not gon finish. I was definitely pretty much over it by the end of it all, to be honest. Like I was done. I just want to be fashionable and like cool and like (sniffle). What? Had a bunch of clothes to give away, which was a tinge embarrassing, again, because I’m not a fashionista. Who gave me the right to
have all of these clothes? I also had a bag of clothes
that I wanted to sell or just be more
intentional about who would be the next owner of those items. Maybe like a giveaway on social media. I don’t know, don’t roll up on me. They are things that I
either enjoyed and they don’t fit anymore or I don’t
like them as much anymore, it’s not my style anymore, or it’s something that I purchased because I wanted to support
the maker of the thing, not because like I liked the thing. This pile right here is yes. Brings me joy/it fits. And this pile right here is no, give it away, sell it, or something. So don’t be getting your feelings when you see a video sponsored by Poshmark. Okay, don’t be in your feelings. As far as the whole folding
process in the KonMari method, I will link to videos
that explain it better than I feel like doin’,
but it’s what I did. The goal is to have your shirts and things be visible to the eye. Everything is stacked like this versus piles like we tend to do like that. I did not fold any of my socks or drawers in the KonMari method just because for me and the type of drawers I have and the material of the drawers, it was pretty hard to like
fold them standing up. They would just slide
around in the drawer, and I’m not about to go to Target or Ikea or the Container Store to buy
an organizer for some drawers. It’s just panties, okay? I threw away the ones that have holes. What else do you want from me? When that was all over
I went to Home Goods and bought some velvet hangers. I got them so my clothes
wouldn’t slide off the hangers like they used to do with
the plastic ones I had. And you know, just a little elevated, you know, just a little elevation as far as my closet, or
should I say closét? (laughs) And while I think the
KonMari method states that you should like hang your clothes in order of length or
something, I didn’t do that. I color code my closet just because it has worked for me for years, and it helps me get dressed
easier and faster in the morning for me to be
like, what do I want to wear? Black pants, green shirt, go (snap). So that’s me, you can put your thing down, flip it and reverse it. But other than that, you know, we’re done with the
clothes, just the clothes. This whole video is just clothes, umm. (playful music) So with our space and mind decluttered and tidy and full of only
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Evelyn from the past. We out here (laughs). In the comments below what
I want you to tell me, let me know what your
favorite piece of clothing is. Yes, what does it mean to you? And the idea, the goal,
is that the next video in this little decluttering miniseries is going to be books and papers, which I learned the Booktube
community has feelings about. They have feelings. Drama. See you on the internet somewhere. Bye. (mellow synthesizer music)