KonMari Socks

We Are KonMari-ing

As some of you have gathered, we are using the KonMari Method of decluttering, which comes from the book: The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up: The Japanese Art of Decluttering and Organizing.  I just got tired of stuff everywhere and I read a success article by a woman who sounded like my kind of messy so why not? Of course, I didn’t realize how trendy my decision was.

I was so excited to start the KonMari Method of tidying until I read everyone else is trying it, too. Am I about to embark on the Atkins diet of housecleaning?

Posted by Late Enough on Friday, May 1, 2015

But I bought the book anyway and learned how to handle each item of each category to see if it brought me joy or its time in my life was over. Then I lost the book.

Then I found the book again, but I didn’t want to get too far down this road and realize that it was impossible for a family of five to pull off or find out I just wasn’t built to look for joy in my clothes and household items. I read enough to understand how to go about the process and started with something easy: SOCKS.

I chose socks because although I have some sentimental socks from Alaska and moving socks and those-awesome-socks-that-kept-my-feet-from-freezing-off-that-one-cold-day, I haven’t been into wearing socks much even before we hit 90 degrees. I also thought it would be easier on the kids because we could decide by fit and holes and stains if they couldn’t see sock-joy.

KonMari Socks
Now that’s a lot of socks

The big kids did great. They had held each sock to feel for joy — even though they thought it was weird — and easily got rid of ones they didn’t like or fit. I kept my mouth shut because the book suggests kids don’t even tell their parents that they are KonMari-ing since it can lead to hurt feelings. (“You’re getting rid of that! I/Grandma/Someone bought that for you!”) E is a natural having nearly no attachments to clothing without the New York Giants emblem, and N is extraordinarily picky about her clothes so I can at least trust that she knows what she likes.

I struggled a bit with my own sock decisions, but I decided not to be too hard on myself when I kept a pair (or three). Scott did okay. He definitely kept more socks than I expected and got rid of a pair I bought him, but again, the book is very big on it being a personal decision so I let it be.

In the end, I went from THREE DRAWERS FULL OF SOCKS to ONE DRAWER. Yes, I am yelling that because it shocked me. I wasn’t even trying to accomplish anything because applying the Kon Mari principles to my socks.

Oh, happy day! More room in our drawers and we all have socks that we actually wear.

We’re all in now with more updates coming soon.

Alex Iwashyna

Alex Iwashyna went from a B.A. in philosophy to an M.D. to a SAHM, poet and writer by 30. She spends most of her writing time on LateEnough.com, a humor blog (except when it's serious) about her husband fighting zombies, awkward attempts at friendship, and dancing like everyone is watching. She also has a soft spot for culture, politics, and rude Southern people who offend her Yankee sensibilities. She parents 2 elementary-aged children, 1 foster baby, 3 cats, and 1 puppy, who are all Southern but not rude. Yet.

10 thoughts to “We Are KonMari-ing”

  1. I just saw this on TV…I so want to do this but I think it’ll be awhile – maybe I could just start with socks and underwear =)

  2. First of all, it occurs to me that we don’t have a lot of socks. Like, hardly any. I wonder if that’s a California thing.

    Secondly, with all those socks, I’d be tempted to keep them to make future sock monkey or Pinterest projects. In fact, I think I have a box of socks in my garage specifically for that purpose.

    Thirdly, that is why I should get the KonMari book.

  3. I really want to try this. Maybe socks is a good place to start because I’m less likely to miss all the socks we get rid of. Anxious to hear how it goes with the rest of your house.

  4. We are doing it too! I cannot wait to have this weight lifted off of me. I did my clothes last weekend, and Christian’s are this weekend. My closet is practically empty, but I love everything in it. I know she says to do it relatively quickly and not draw it out, but that’s just next to impossible around here with 3 kids around.

  5. Can you come do my socks now? 😉

    I don’t have the book but I keep seeing so much about it. I’m afraid it would make want to get rid of the piles and piles of scrapbooking supplies I do not use. Not sure I am ready for that yet. LOL!

    Great work!

  6. Three drawers of socks just for you? That’s just crazy! And even more impressive that you got rid of so many! I was extremely sceptical about the whole sock folding thing and held off. For the last decade or so, my socks have been stuffed into an Ikea bin and I’d routinely have to dig for ones I was looking for (now I wonder how I could possibly think that was a good idea). I just tried the KonMari sock method and I was an instant convert. I had no idea that I had so many pairs of running socks! I even had to photograph my new sock drawer because it made me so… joyful. (sheesh).

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