February 05, 2016

The Konmari Method - Hanging Clothes, Socks & Hosiery

Hello and welcome back to my Konmari Method journey!

I've been systematically working my way through the clothing sub-categories and this time around I tackled hanging clothes, socks and hosiery.  Now that I've gone through the tops and bottoms, which is the bulk of my wardrobe, these smaller categories are much easier and quicker to blast through.

Hanging clothes encompasses coats, jackets and dresses.  I also threw in to this category my house coats, night gowns and the two random sets of lingerie-style clothing I have.  I started with the outdoor coats, including fetching down the three coats from the attic.

Total coats: 9

This category was super easy, because I already knew that I wasn't going to keep any of the three coats from the attic and that I love all my current coats, with the exception of the rain coat but it's a necessity living and biking in Malmo so it has to say (although if I manage to find a different one that I like better, it's gone in a heart beat).  I didn't take an after photo of this category, mostly because I forgot.  The coats at the top of the photo are gone and the ones along the bottom remain.

Next I tackled dress jackets, dresses, house coats and the lingerie stuff.  One dress I had already re-homed with a friend from work so here's what was left to go through:

Jackets, dresses & lingerie: 20

Most of the dresses stayed, as they are still quite new buys and I love them.  The house coats stayed - one for summer and one for winter and one night gown that matches one of the house coats.  The other two random pieces of lingerie, which I've had since university and I'm sure no longer fit - buh-bye!  As for the dress jackets, one is actually mine (I kept it) and the other three were hand-me-downs from my mum.  They're lovely but in the time I've had them, I've never worn any of them so I kept the one I really liked and decided the rest would better benefit someone else.

Final count: 10

Next I moved on to socks and hosiery.  I had some socks left over in the box of clothing from the attic and then pulled out all of the current ones from my closet to go through as well.  I was shocked at the volume of panty hose, though!  I'm sure this is true of every woman's panty hose collection - they seem to multiply of their own accord and you always end up with odds and ends because they get runs and holes in them and you forget which are damaged and need throwing out while you're racing in the morning to get dressed and to work on time, etc., etc., etc.  Anyway, it was time for a serious go-through and tidy.

Honestly, I didn't count...

So herein are collections of everyday dress socks, work out socks, cosy socks, leotards, panty hose (in various sizes and configurations) and a pair of tights.  Needless to say, all of the socks from the attic box went immediately.  I weeded out the work out socks and decided that while I like some cosy socks, the amount I had was ridiculous for someone who wears them only occasionally.  Nearly all of the everyday dress socks stayed, as I wear them all the time.  The leotards also stayed, as I love them (I'm sure my childhood self would be abhorred to hear me admit that).

And then there were the panty hose...  There was really nothing left to it but to go through every single one and assess them piece by piece.  I started with all of the footies sizes, most of which cut into my foot so they were all removed.  Then knee-high hose - I threw out all of the ones with runs and holes and paired up what was left; 5 pairs in total.  Finally, the full-length panty hose, all of which I tried on one by one (and boy, did that work up a sweat!).  From that I got 4 pairs that fit and are run/hole-free and I have to say, I was very thrilled with those that were left - they definitely sparked joy, since I didn't think they fit at all but were so nice.

Final count: 35

I also took the time to roll up the panty hose so now they're all neat and easy to see and access in my shelving unit.  I know Marie Kondo says to not roll up your socks (and I realise there is evidence that this wears out the elastics in them) but folding my socks is beyond my sensibilities.  It's a give and take balance.

That's it for today.  I'm really nearing the end of the clothing section and I'm seeing a dramatic difference in my closets, which has made me soooo happy!  I'll share photos when it's all done.  Stay tuned for more shortly.

Total donation/rubbish bags to date: 2
Total attic boxes emptied: 1