How messy is your closet

Clearing out wardrobes made easy - it's that easy

Summer is coming and you have nothing to wear? That could be because you too many clothes in the closet hang and have lost sight of the essentials. Does this sound like a paradox? But it is not. If you own a lot of clothes and you no longer like or fit a lot of them, you get frustrated in front of the closet every day. We help you by showing you different methods with which you can again Order in your closet and you can simply sort out unloved, ill-fitting and holey clothing. In the end you feel liberated, have created space for new things - and as if by magic, all unused tops, pants or shoes have disappeared.

Don't have time to read the entire article? Then we have right at the beginning five clean-up tips for you, for your Clean out wardrobe sustainably:

  1. Look at every piece of clothing individually and sort out everything that doesn't make you happy or that you haven't worn in the last year
  2. When you mourn the money sell the clothes e.g. at clothing circles or at flea markets in your area
  3. From now on, buy consciously and only buy clothes that you like 100% and that you can combine directly with other clothes from your closet
  4. Dividing baskets and boxes help to neatly stow the rest of the clothes in the closet and in drawers
  5. Do Photos of the ideal condition and hang them in your wardrobe - so you will always store everything neatly

Creating order in the wardrobe - but how?

Do you have items of clothing in your closet that you haven't put on for years, maybe never put on and that still have the price tag? Then you are also one of the 15.4% who, according to statistics, regularly or sometimes have the feeling that they have made a bad buy. Cupboard oak, however, often leads us to lose sight of the essentials and have the feeling that we have nothing to wear. Therefore it is high time to clean out and To create order! It is up to you whether you prefer to save time, radically muck out or work your way step by step. But so that you can see directly which clean-up method is the right one for you, you will find one below Matrix that compares common cleanup methods with one another. Which approach suits you the most: the KonMari, the 3-box or better the 5-S or 5-A method? If you now think that you can simply clean up piously, happily, freely: go ahead. However, most of us have never learned to keep things in order, which is why unstructured tidying up and mucking out actions are on the agenda, but unfortunately they are not sustainable. Therefore, find out now how you can best create sustainable order.

Cleaning up methods in comparison - a matrix

Method/
Comparison criterion

Central question

  • "Do you make me happy?"
  • "Do I need you?"
  • "When was the last time I carried you?"
  • “Can I still dress you? Do you still fit me? "
"Can I find everything I need straight away?"

Basic idea

Only that which makes me really happy remainsCreate space for new thingsContinuous improvement & optimization

Suitable group of people

  • Buddhists
  • Minimalists
  • Anyone who is open to new things
For everyone, as it is uncomplicated & quickly creates space.For everyone who wants to create permanent order & who does not focus on mucking out.

Action

Radical & structuredFast & spontaneousSteady & structured

Time factor

Elaborate, as you have to sort by categories and not rooms, and you have to touch every item of clothing.Very fast, because you can start immediately & muck out straight away.Since you clean up every day, the method never stops.

USP

You only have a few items of clothing that you love.Clothes are passed on (sell, friends, social institutions).Photos are reminiscent of the optimal condition.

advantages

  • A sense of the essential is sharpened: You don't need a lot of clothes.
  • Structured approach
  • Method works immediately, no planning required.
  • Successes are immediately visible.
  • Cleaning, tidying up & sorting in one.
  • The method creates permanent order.

disadvantage

  • Radical screening is not for everyone.
  • Clothes should be thrown away, therefore not sustainable.
  • There are things that don't make you happy, but that you still need (e.g. socks).
  • No structure in the process, you don't know where to start.
  • “Usable box” tempts to keep what is superfluous.
  • The fourth box (“maybe box”) is missing for clothes that you want to think about again.
  • Requires a high level of self-discipline, otherwise it will look the same as before.
  • Continuous use is time consuming.
  • No huge mucking-out effect to be seen.
  • Spontaneity is lost, spontaneous restructuring is time-consuming because everything is documented with pictures.

success

  • High
  • Because you see a big change. Clothing is often more than halved.
  • Mediocre
  • Because a lot of clothing often ends up in the "usable box".
  • Long-term high
  • Because the method relies on permanent change.

expenditure

Great expenseLower expenseRecurring effort

Origin / origin

Japanese Marie Kondo / BuddhismRita Pohle / Feng ShuiJapanese production system (originally intended for work process optimization)

motivation

Medium as it is time consuming but you can see drastic changes.High, because you can see changes immediately and it's quick.Low, because you have to tidy up every day and only see goals in the long term.

Sustainable disposal

No, because clothes should be thrown away completely.Yes, clothes can be given away to friends or social institutions.Since the focus is on order and not on mucking out, there is nothing on this.

Effect / result

Long-term order principle that theoretically means that you never have to tidy up again, as everything has a fixed place. In addition, any superfluous clothing disappears from the apartment.For the majority, completely sufficient, because you create order & repeat this annually.In the long term, you no longer have to tidy up, but it requires a high level of self-discipline (otherwise only short-term effect).

costs

None (unless you buy the book)Possibly low costs if you have to buy boxes / garbage bagsNone (unless you need baskets / inserts for the closet)

Repeatability

At will: since you have less, re-sorting is much faster.Yes, after half a year, when you finally throw away the “usable box”.The method is designed to be repeated over and over again. Effort is reduced insofar as you no longer have to think about a new arrangement.

Wellbeing

Increases because you only have the most important things & throw off ballast.Increases because it's fast & you feel good.Increases when you have internalized the process / live according to it & do not find the daily tidying up as annoying, but as liberating.

WG- / partner suitability

Yes, if everyone involved is tolerant. Otherwise, the minimalist mindset can lead to problems.YesYes

Impact on shopping behavior

The minimalist way of thinking leads to conscious shopping: only clothes that are 100% needed are bought. Spontaneous purchases are completely eliminated.NoNo

Suggestion for improvement

  • Don't throw clothes away, donate them / give them away.
  • Adapt the folding method to the wardrobe.
  • You don't have to talk to your clothes, but you should really ask yourself whether they still make you happy.
Use a fourth “maybe box” right away.Cleaning takes place before systematising.

Applicability outside the closet

Yes, the method is theoretically designed for the entire apartment.Yes, can be applied to the entire apartment.Yes, especially for the desk / office.

Conclusion

In the beginning it is a very good method that is promising. However, it is difficult to do this 100%, especially if you don't want to live a minimalist life.Can be used quickly and incidentally, so that it can be integrated very well into everyday life. However, it requires regular repetitions.If you get involved, the method leads to more order in everyday life. Sorting out is not the focus here.

Tidying up your wardrobe with the KonMari method

What makes you really happy? What items and clothes do you need to feel balanced and happy? Marie Kondo asks you exactly these questions in her Bestseller "Magic Cleaning" and at the latest since she was named one of the 100 most influential people in the world by the “Times”, the clean-up expert has been on everyone's lips. Because instead of wasting unnecessary time every week tidying up and feeling bad when the apartment and wardrobe look completely chaotic again, the tidying expert advises you to get rid of unnecessary ballast. Your trick? Dispose of everything that does not give you pleasure. Easier said than done, because that means that a lot ends up in garbage bags and disappears from your apartment!

Sort in order:
  • Tops
  • Pants / skirts
  • clothes
  • Underwear / socks
  • Jackets and coats
  • Sportswear
  • Bags / rucksacks
  • Belts / caps / hats
  • Jewelry watches
  • Shoes

But first things first - that's a very good keyword, by the way, because when you muck out you should start with the things that mean the least to you. Applied to the wardrobe, this means that you should not start with the clothes that you are particularly closely related to, but start with the clothes that you are neutral about. For example, your best friend's dress is one of the things that you only touch towards the end of the mucking out campaign. Marie Kondo suggests the order in the adjacent info box. But we think that it doesn't matter what clothes you start with. It is much more important that you consciously take your time and nobody disturbs you when you clean up, distracts you or even tries to influence you.

First of all you collect all clothes in your apartment, regardless of whether it is old things in the basement, comfortable house clothes, your absolute favorite top or purpose-related clothes such as socks or rain jackets. After you've thrown everything in one heap and probably for the first time realizing how much you actually own, you choose a category from e.g. tops. Then you sort all the tops into a pile and take each one in your hand and ask yourself: “Are you making me happy? Do I need you? " Only if you can answer “yes” to both questions will the top stay in your wardrobe. Any clothing that you do not feel attached to, that you hardly wear or that may already have small holes, goes unconditionally into the garbage bag.

You might feel a little silly at first, and you might find it hard to really sort out radically. But as soon as you have the first garment bag full, you will become one Feel happiness. You free yourself from unnecessary ballast, you will soon no longer lose sight of the essentials and only wear your favorite clothes. And let's be honest with ourselves: How many things from your closet have you not worn in ages because you no longer like the colors, you feel too fat or thin or your clothing style has changed? And now imagine: In the future, you will open your closet and only see your absolute favorite itemsthat you actually wore every day anyway - that's a great feeling, isn't it? You will never say "I have nothing to wear" again, even though your closet is full, because you love everything that is there now and associate it with positive feelings. Are there exceptions, for example, for expensive clothing? No, because otherwise you would get caught up in exceptions, the money has already been spent anyway and has therefore also disappeared. Likewise, the old things have to give way that you kept for years as "feel-good clothes" for your own four walls. If you cannot part with a piece of clothing, always ask yourself “Why?”. Because only if there is an important reason for it, it can be kept. Otherwise it will also end up in the garbage bag.

After you've sorted out everything that doesn't make you happy, you should get the right one Folding and organization method think. Marie Kondo has developed her very own method that you can easily imitate. You can see how to do this in our instructions. The advantage is that in the future you will have all items of clothing in front of you and when you take out a sweater, for example, you will not shake the entire pile. Even socks, shorts and briefs can be folded perfectly.

Source: https://www.westwing.de/magazin/lifestyle/marie-kondo/

Are there any criticisms of the KonMari method?

At the beginning, folding is very unusual and time-consuming. Because of this, it is not suitable for everyone. You have to recognize the added value for yourself in order to permanently implement the new organization system holistically. That you should empty your handbag every day and assign everything to a fixed place is logical and of course ensures more order, but it also costs one Amount of motivation and self-discipline. Especially when you know that you will be using your handbag the next day and need the same things again.

Of course, we are aware that there are also clothes that may not make you really happy, such as socks or gloves, but that everyone still needs. This clothing should therefore only be sorted out when it is no longer needed. Nobody needs 40 pairs of socks or five pairs of gloves. Reduce yourself to the essentials when it comes to "utility clothing". Also strives for unconditional throwing away again of clothing using the KonMari method the principle of sustainability. We therefore only recommend throwing away clothes if they are broken or worn out to such an extent that they can no longer be used. Everything else should be donated or sold. The radical throwing away in Marie Kondo's clean-up method, however, has a religious background. For non-Buddhists, the way of donating or reselling is certainly more appropriate, especially since you can also earn money in this way.

Does the KonMari method promise success?

If you get involved in the teaching and follow the basic ideas that we have put together for you in a free checklist, will Your closet will end up looking a lot tidier. You don't have to follow all KonMari rules, you have to find the best way for yourself. Whether you talk to your clothes, thank her for the past time or sort them out without comment is up to you.It is important that you do not lie to yourself and really sort out everything that you no longer enjoy or that you never use. After you've reduced your belongings so drastically, you will shop more consciously in the future and don't fill up your closet again so quickly. In addition, will Bad purchases avoided in the long term and optimized your entire shopping behavior.

The 3-box method - sorting out without stress

You have wanted to free your wardrobe of unnecessary or old clothes for a long time and you can't get yourself up? Perhaps the 3-box method is just right for you because you are Work in advance piece by piece in your apartment and don't have to sort out all of the clothes at once. To do this, first focus on just one room and a chest of drawers or a cupboard. The aim of the 3-box method is that You clear out your apartment in the long termto make room in your home (and inside). We advise you to be in a good mood and wear comfortable clothes when tidying up. So you are much more motivated and want to change something and create space for new things. Before you start you organize 3 boxes or garbage bags and label them. There is a box for the clothes that you want to “keep”, one for the clothes that are “usable” and a box for the clothes that you want to “throw away”. In box 1 you will find all the clothes that you want to keep and then put back in your closet. "Usable" means that the clothes can still be used, but you no longer use them yourself because they are worthless to you. Everything you put in box 2 will either be given away to friends, resold or donated. Only items that you can throw away directly, e.g. holey socks or a faded top, go into the "throw away box".

What to do with “usable” clothing?
  • Ebay classifieds
  • Clothing spinning top
  • Shpock - the flea market app
  • Flea markets near you
  • Thrift stores
  • Used clothes container
  • Donations to charitable organizations
  • Give away to friends

Now you take all the clothes out of your selected area and sort them into the 3 boxes. Relatively simple, quick and even in between, you can devote yourself to individual areas in your apartment that contain clothes / shoes, such as your shoe cabinet or clothes rack. If you tend to sort hardly anything into the third “throw away” box, ask yourself here for each of these items of clothing "When was the last time I carried you?" or “Do you still fit me? Do you still stand for me? ". It is important that you are honest with yourself and sort out the sweaters, pants or jackets that no longer fit you or that you simply no longer like. A good point of reference here is the “12 month rule”. Any clothing that you haven't worn a single time in the last twelve months is sorted into the second or third box. For one thing, you can do that Space for something new, find the important and beautiful items of clothing much faster and you can even through the sales Earn money or do something goodby donating everything that is useful.

The greatest advantage by the way, with this approach is that you need less time than with the KonMari method. After all, you don't have to look for any clothing in advance, but can relax and devote yourself to individual areas and create order over several days. As a result, this clean-up method is particularly suitable for busy and spontaneous people.

Disadvantages of the 3-box method

The "usable" box tempts many to keep what is superfluous and not to part with everything. Therefore, any clothing that is still in the box four weeks after being sorted out should be carried immediately into a clothing container. Get rid of unnecessary ballast and if no one has shown interest in your clothing within the four weeks, this will most likely still not be the case. If you want to sell the clothes out of the box at a flea market, organize an appointment as soon as possible or at least register for the nearest flea market in your area. The same applies here: Everything that you have not gotten rid of will be donated immediately afterwards. Otherwise too many things will continue to pile up in your apartment and the feel-good aspect cannot set in. If you find the radical mucking out difficult, put the box in the attic and donate everything from it that you will not need in the next (half) year. The unstructured approach can lead to you sort out less effectively than with the KonMari method. Especially when you minimize your clothes for several weeks, you quickly forget what you have already sorted out or kept. There is no "shock moment" in which you realize how much you actually own. And just looking at the entire mountain of clothes helps many to finally clear out with the KonMari method.

Because of this, our assessment of success is also rather mediocre. It will requires a lot of self-disciplineto get your apartment as clean as the KonMari method provides. However, it may be enough for you if you even find a start, because sorting out fewer clothes can already give you a liberating feeling. It is best to decide for yourself personally whether you prefer the radical method, which is very much influenced by minimalism, or the relaxed 3-box method. You will certainly achieve more order with both methods and for the majority, Marie Kondo's minimalism thought is probably not the right approach.

Projecting office order onto the wardrobe using the 5-S method

The 5-S method comes from an idea from the Japanese production concept, so that it is primarily used in production and thus in the job. However, you can also use this method to keep your home or closet tidy. But first you should know what the 5 "S" stand for:

  • Seiri - Separate
  • Seiton - Sort
  • Seiso - cleaning
  • Seiketsu standards
  • Shitsuke - self-discipline

Step 1: Separate

As with the other methods, this is about sorting out. To do this, take all clothing out of your closet and dispose of everything that is broken or no longer used by you. With this method, it does not matter whether the clothing is donated, given away, sold or disposed of. The main thing is that you shed ballast and that you really do separate from everything that you do not need. There are no rules here. The best way to do this is to use the methods above. Throw away everything here too that you haven't worn in the last twelve months.

Step 2: sort

After you have removed everything that is superfluous, you will ideally have significantly less clothes. For more and above all You should now think of a system for permanent orderwhich you can adhere to. Baskets and drawer inserts or belt holders and scarf organizers, for example, can help you with this. The best way to do this is to measure your drawers and which of the helpers can be easily integrated into your closet. In particular, underwear, tights, socks or gloves can be sorted in a clear and structured manner.

Step 3: cleaning up

Now you have the perfect opportunity To completely clean your closet. And if this is already completely empty, you can wonderfully clean every drawer as well as the clothes rail and wipe even the furthest corners effortlessly. Our tip: Even if sorting comes before cleaning in theory, However, we recommend that you clean it beforehand and only start sorting afterwards and to put back the first items of clothing. This makes it easier for you to see whether you like your new system and whether you can access your clothes easily.

Step 4: standards

When you have found the perfect organization system for your clothes, take pictures of it. You can hang this on the inside door of your wardrobe, for example, or pin it on your shoe cabinet. So You will always see the ideal, tidy state. On the one hand, it motivates you to stow your clothes right away and, on the other hand, sorting becomes a habit, so that after a while you no longer perceive it as cleaning up, but as a normal process.

Step 5: self-discipline

The step of self-discipline ties in directly with the standards. If you always put everything back in the right place, you will keep order permanently and therefore never have to tidy up properly again. With this method, you can ensure that your closet never sinks into chaos again and you only have to check at regular intervals whether additional clothing has been added that has become superfluous. The spring cleaning is suitable for this, which you have annually at the same time and which also includes a thorough cleaning.

What are the disadvantages of the 5-S method?

The method, which is also known in Germany as the 5-A method (sorting out, tidying up, workplace cleanliness, making arrangement the rule, complying with all points), requires a lot high self-disciplinewhich is why not everyone sees success. As soon as the daily tidying up is over, chaos arises again. There is also no requirements for mucking outso that there is a high probability that the majority of users will not see a large mucking-out effect. Without clear structures, it is difficult to separate from your own clothing, otherwise so much would not have accumulated in the first place. The 5-S method rather serves to introduce a basic order in a wardrobe or the entire apartment, rather than just sorting out. By using photos, the spontaneity is lost in a certain way: As soon as you want to rearrange something, you first have to document this state with photos and print out the new pictures for your cupboards.

At the end of the day, is at With this classification method the success rate is high in the long term, because this system relies on permanent change. If you only want to clear up your chaos for a short time or primarily want to sort out clothes, there are better methods for doing this, such as the 3-box method.

The ideal state is different for everyone

In the end, you have to decide for yourself which of the above methods is best for you. If you want to live minimalistically, the KonMari method makes the most sense. If you just want to organize your wardrobe and mucking out is just a nice side effect for you, we advise you to use the 5-S method. Also one Combination of the last method with the KonMari or the 3-box method makes perfect sense because on the one hand you minimize the contents of your wardrobe and on the other hand you create a permanent state of order. So that you can once again read the most important information of all methods together, we have created three free PDFs with the individual steps of each method.

Interview with Miss Order

Denise, better known as Miss Order, has been blogging about how to create and maintain order since 2011. She is also the mother of 3 children and a “professional organizer”. If you want to find out more about Miss Order, visit her blog or book her directly as an order advisor for your own four walls!

Dear Denise, at the beginning we would like to get to know you a little better. Would you like to tell us a little bit about yourself? How did you get into it or what made you decide to start your blog "Fräuleinordnung" and how long have you been blogging?

At the beginning of 2011 I started my own business as “Miss Order”. As a tidying up coach, I help people to live more beautifully and to free themselves from unnecessary ballast. I started the blog at the same time. It should be a place where interested people can find out more about my service, but my blog very quickly developed a life of its own.

How did the love for the subject of “order” come about? Were you already very neat as a child or did that only come about as an adult?

I've always loved order, but I also often had creative chaos around me. That's still the case today - that's why I have a lot of understanding for my customers who want to be shown a way to get this chaos under control. The subject of "living space optimization" only came up later, after I had read the book "Feng Shui against the junk of everyday life" by Karen Kingston. After that nothing was safe from me!

You have already written two books on the subject of order and you are currently writing your third. Did you ever expect that you would become so successful with your blog and your independence?

At the time, my husband thought I was totally crazy, he probably least expected things to turn out this way.
Three books on order? Six years ago I couldn't have believed it myself, but now I'm all the more happy that I was able to turn my favorite subject into my job.

You are followed by over 20,000 people on Instagram. How is it for you that you give so many people insights into your life, inspire them and give them tips on how to tidy up?

I think that's very nice and I am happy about every positive feedback, but actually I don't really think about it that much. There are far more "famous" people on Instagram, so I don't take me too seriously. Nevertheless, it is nice when I receive private messages and strangers tell me what has happened to them since they read my blog. That is the real purpose that I want to achieve.

Before we digress too much ... actually we got together to talk to you about organization methods for wardrobes. I gather from your blog that you have read the book “Magic Cleaning” by Marie Kondo: do you understand the hype surrounding the book?

Oh dear ... forgive me when I laugh, but: NO - I can't understand the hype. For me, Marie Kondo has not discovered or developed a new method of order and the book is not really suitable for European families with children anyway. But if it still leads to more order in German households, then that's nice.

Would you still recommend the book to your readers or do you disagree with some statements, e.g. that you should sort by categories and not by rooms?

Before I would recommend this book to anyone, I'd rather recommend the "Feng Shui" book by Karen Kingston. Marie Kondo has some advice in store that I think is unrealistic. For example, she advises emptying your handbag every evening and putting things in a specific place. That doesn't make much sense to me. Apart from that, I also believe that a Japanese woman lives and lives differently than a German woman with a house and children. And the bottom line is that it doesn't matter whether you are sorted by categories or rooms. The main thing is to start somewhere.

Have you already gained practical experience with one of the three methods (Konmari, 3-box, 5-S method)? If so, which method would you recommend for tidying up closets and why?

First of all, I had to find out more about the 5-S method, because until this interview I had actually never heard or read anything about it. Now I know: I use exactly this method always and everywhere! Sorting, systemizing, cleaning, standardizing, self-disciplining. That's exactly how I do it.

© Miss order: wardrobe before © Miss order: wardrobe after

What a coincidence - then we've even given you the name of your personal organization method. Can you recommend any other organization methods and if so, which ones? How do these method (s) differ from the others and what are their advantages / disadvantages?

The bottom line is that every method of organization is the same as the other! It's always about:

  1. to sort out superfluous
  2. to rearrange what is allowed to remain
  3. repeat these steps regularly

Marie Kondo promises that you only have to use her method once and then never again, but for me it is like when my hairdresser promises that my hair will no longer grow after the next cut. Disorder just arises! And the people who buy books about order are simply looking for inspiration.

On your blog you have your own section on the subject of order in the closet. In this you can sort both your and your customers' wardrobes. What has been the most surprising experience for you so far (with your customers)?

It is always surprising for me to see how difficult it is for my customers to let go at the beginning and when this a certain point is reached, it suddenly becomes very easy for them to let go. It amazes me again and again that this point, where a switch appears to be thrown in the head, always occurs.

Were there also experiences with customers that were particularly complicated or difficult, e.g. that a customer could not part with clothes? How do you deal with it?

Fortunately, my customers will be one step further when I come. Booking me and letting me inside means that you feel overwhelmed with your situation and want to change something. They know that they have to break up and with my help it will be quite easy. Other than that, I would never persuade my customers to give away something they love or want to keep. I want to support, not leave a bad feeling.

© Miss Order: Empty your wardrobe completely

Which method do you use privately and with your customers? Does that vary, too?

Basically, I always advise emptying the wardrobe completely, cleaning it and then only putting back in what is really allowed to stay. [Note d. Red .: As with the 5-S method]
During one operation the wardrobe was so full that we would never have made it in the planned time, so we proceeded a little at a time. That's the nice thing about my job: I can respond to each customer individually and decide on site how we should proceed. Scheme F does not exist there. Every customer, every mission is different.

So far I only see women's wardrobes on your blog. Are you also booked by men? If so, how do they differ from women and who is it more pleasant to work with?

Unfortunately, men have not been my clients so far. I suspect because it is much more important to us women to live nicely and because women are also much more willing to seek help. However, on my blog there is a glimpse into Patrick Hufen's wardrobe, known as RTL's “The Insurance Detective”. His wardrobe was already tidy when I visited him with my camera.

We women (and also men, but you haven't been able to advise them yet) are very particular about our clothes - which pieces of clothing do women like to give away or rather do not like to sort them out?

So far I can say that it doesn't matter what kind of clothing we are on at the moment. At some point my customers only have one goal in mind: order in the closet. Nobody bothers when we sort underwear together, there are seldom fears of contact.

© Miss Order: Garment bags after cleaning up

How do you manage to convince your customers to sort out their favorite pieces? Do you have any special methods for this that you can tell us?

The customer gets a questioning look from me and she should explain to me why, why, why she is so attached to this part. Either she then has a good reason or she realizes at that very moment how crazy it is what she just said and then voluntarily throws it into the big garbage bag. But the longer you sort, the easier it is to let go.

Have you ever failed with a customer, i.e. the method you suggested for tidying up and mucking out was not accepted and in the end there were hardly any changes?

No, so far my customers have always happily accepted everything. If you work with me for three hours, there is always a change!

I gather from your blog that your closet itself is very minimalist. How did it come about some time ago that you decided to radically clear out your wardrobe?

I did not even consciously plan that, it was more “created”. For months I sorted out every item that was no longer happy or no longer fit, until I only had my favorite pieces hanging in the closet. That makes my life very easy for me now.

Even if you do not share many of Marie Kondo's views, you at least seem to find the question of what makes you happy that makes sense. What advantages do you see in minimizing the wardrobe contents? And are there any disadvantages?

A big advantage of a minimalist wardrobe content: You don't have to think too long about what to wear and you always wear things that you really feel comfortable in.
I don't see any disadvantages.

© Miss Order: The favorite items after mucking out

Have you already achieved your personal goal of order or are you still working on yourself?

I have achieved my goal of orderliness in the closet, but the rest of my home can still be optimized. My goal is to downsize myself in about ten years (when all the children are out of the house), until then some things will leave my house.

I am curious to see whether you will achieve your goal and how you will then live in ten years. Can you pinpoint a point where many people fail at mucking out?

Most people fail because they undertake too much. Then they don't find the right motivation, but there are plenty of excuses why they don't part with this or that part after all. Instead, they prefer to go shopping and thus increase the amount of stuff available many times over….

When should you get professional help with mucking out at all?

If the environment puts a strain on you and makes you unhappy and you realize that you cannot do it on your own, then you should get professional help with mucking out. A little nudge from an orderly coach can make a tremendous difference, the rest then often runs by itself.

Have you or your customers already found conflicts with your partner or friends because they continue to consume unhindered and do not (want to) understand the minimalist way of thinking and order?

Presumably, order - the household in general - is all too often a cause for contention. It starts with the child-parent relationship. Parents scold their children because the rooms are messy. But have you ever really taught your kids how to do it?
You should talk to each other a lot more, hear what your partner wants and find a solution together.

You summarized that very nicely. In general, I am interested in how you can keep things tidy? Do you have any tips for us on how we can permanently get a grip on the chaos in the closet or apartment?

  • Doing a round of tidying up every evening helps declare war on the chaos. 15 minutes can make a big difference.
  • Make a plan of which corners need to be sorted and tick this off one by one.
  • Anyone who completely rearranges their wardrobe at least twice a year will keep a good overview.
  • Further tips will be available from October in my new book “My little order book: For a beautiful home and more satisfaction”. A nicer home in 30 days.

Finally, one more question: What is your most important piece of advice to everyone who wants to tidy up their wardrobe or their life?

Only keep what you love, what makes you happy, or what is useful.

Thank you for the interview, Denise. I am sure that one or the other reader has received useful tips from you and will soon be browsing your blog more often.