If you haven’t been touched by the Marie Kondo affect, I highly recommend you watching her Netflix series. I watched two episodes which was more than enough for me, but in all honestly how can you not fall in love with this little Japanese lady? She is the sweetest thing I have ever seen.

I thought I had this decluttering thing down pat, sadly I didn’t.

What got me watching Marie Kondo was that I have a spare room which is my wardrobe room. Sounds glamorous but it’s not because things are everywhere. I have a floordrobe full of clothing, PR packages, shoes, bags and books. It’s a little chaotic if I am honest. I can’t even take a mirror #ootd selfie cause my floordrobe is my new rug and my floorboards are covered with crap! It makes me very anxious and leaves me so overwhelmed.

Over the last few years with all my moves I have donated, sold and gifted a majority of my wardrobe so many of my items simply didn’t ‘spark joy’. Then I lost weight and things just no longer fit me.

I also held on to clothing for so long thinking ‘my daughter might want it one day’. This coming from a girl who says she is not having kids or wants kids. Confused? Me too… besides my designer bags I don’t think my imaginary daughter will want mamas $20 two piece co-ord from what if I have a boy?

Since watching Marie Kondo, I have done a complete 180 and am in the process of turning my wardrobe room into my own little sanctuary. A room that brings me joy. I no longer have racks filled with clothing I don’t wear. Sometimes (often) I am so overwhelmed when I look at my wardrobe, not to toot my own horn that I can afford an entire new wardrobe, but it’s not that easy, it’s a process, with my body shape it is VERY hard for me to find clothing. I had this struggle when I was 15kgs heavier and I still have the same struggle 15kgs lighter. People think you lose weight and you can fit into anything. Not the case hunny, but more on that another day!

As I already had a floordrobe rather then move everything to the bed like Maria simply suggests by throwing all your clothing into a pile and start decluttering, I left it in the pile on the floor. Surprisingly decluttering was not as overwhelming as I thought it would be.

I made a few piles:

1 to sell

2 to repair (I have a few things I need taken in by a tailor)

3 to donate

4 to keep

Whatever I decided to keep I hung straight up on my racks and even colour coordinated, which wasn’t hard for me as most of my clothing is black. I went through my bags, shoes and accessories also.

So, my room is yet to be perfect but it’s on its way and it feels so good! I have so much more space for new items. Now, that sparks so much joy!

Have you been decluttering since watching Marie Kondo? If you haven’t check her out on YouTube here

Stay tuned for my first post in my new category #brokebitchtips. I am going to show you all how to make money from your wardrobe.

Words Zerin Hassan / Post editing by Sarah Jane Bell / Artwork @joshmendezona

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