Marie Kondo’s The Life Changing Magic of Tidying Up was arguably the biggest ‘self-help’ book of the year (i.e. NYTimes #1 bestseller). The book’s central premise is something that I think everyone deep down knows and that that my wife and I rediscovered for ourselves while preparing for the birth of our first child. Organizational schemas are great, but nothing you do makes a difference if you have too much stuff. Doesn’t matter how you organize if there are more things that you can physically see or get to.
The KonMari method states that if something doesn’t spark joy, then you get rid of it. It doesn’t matter if it’s in perfect shape or if you bought it with every intention of wearing it but never did. The better condition it is, the happier you will make someone else who will have a chance to use it if you don’t need it.1
One of my favorite parts of the book is how she describes a better way to fold your clothing. Her method is one that is so awesome and simple that I can’t believe it’s not simply the default. It’s genius, and it essentially boils down to folding your clothing down tighter than you would otherwise expect, and in doing so, you can arrange your clothing almost like book shelf so that you can see everything contained within the drawer instead of having stacks where the items on the bottom never get worn because they never get seen. Goop has the illustrated guide here.