Today I decided to get a refresher lesson in the art of folding clothes. I know, it sounds basic, but in this mission to declutter and organize our home, folding properly – and not cutting corners – seemed like a necessary skill to revisit.
Naturally, since I am reading Marie Kondo’s book The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up, I started my search for a step by step guide with her videos. Here are a few that you can check out for yourself:
I started with my workout clothes drawer, as I’ve been going to the gym early in the morning, essentially grabbing an outfit while still technically half asleep. An organized drawer would mean less time to find something to wear, less time to get ready.
The first thing I became shamefully aware of as I removed everything from the drawer, was the number of lost and lonely items in the mix – belts for outfits I no longer own, gloves and socks without a match, hats I abandoned long ago.
I had become comfortable with taking the “process” of decluttering and organizing for granted, living with the hidden mess, snatching out what I needed, and then when laundry was done, cramming them back in (folded in a hurry), all while refusing to disturb the unwanted items.
There are times in life when the “process” we need to endure for a more “ordered” life seems so daunting that it is easy to just continue on our way, business as usual, day in, day out, as if we don’t see that a dramatic change is needed. We cling to our consistent but cumbersome clutter until we become comfortable with the inconvenience of it all, rather than just facing the music and making a change.
I’ll share more about this in a future post, but my decision to finally lose the extra 30 lbs I’ve been carrying, after years of urging from my doctors, has prompted an incredible number of related changes in my life. My commitment to eating well and working out, guided, pushed and inspired by my coach and work out partner, also meant the need for easy access to my work out clothes.
For anyone who has had to make such a lifestyle change, you understand the need to set up systems to ensure success in changing the way you think about health and eating and exercise. I could not let “I can’t find anything to wear” be the hiccup that derailed my progress.
This. Process. Was. Necessary.
I stood back beaming with pride as I admired the finished project, having carefully followed the instructions in the video, folding as Marie folded.
And I promised myself that drawer by drawer, room by room, thought by thought, and pound by pound, I’m going to take my health and sanity back by continuing this journey to declutter my life.
I hope you will do the same!