Out with the old, in with the new!

2017-01-02 06:00

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Wardrobes have been quaking ever since the arrival of Marie Kondo, the Japanese neatness guru that Vogue website calls ‘the high priestess of tidying’. Kondo believes you only need one cupboard clean-out. Ever. How? Only hold onto the things that ‘spark joy’.

She promises that with her method you’ll become a better partner, lose kilograms, stay healthier and be more productive. Better at life, better at adulting.


Here are her rules:


1. Choose what you want to keep

Sounds basic, but usually when cleaning out our wardrobes, we focus on what we want to chuck. Kondo suggests picking up every item – those that ‘spark joy’ you keep, the rest you ditch.


2. Have a system

Don’t dive into your wardrobe, rather sort through what you want to keep per category – dresses, trousers, shirts and so on. This also helps you figure out how many items you have and if there are any gaps in your wardrobe.


3. Do it all at once

Kondo doesn’t subscribe to that ‘15 minutes of cleaning per day’ ethos. You need to do one big clean up in one go.


4. Chuck first

Don’t sort and pack, rather work out everything you want to keep first and THEN you can repack your wardrobe. If you start trying to pack your wardrobe in the middle of your sorting process it’ll trip you up and all of a sudden you’ll be clutching onto those jeans that used to fit. (It happens to all of us!)


5. No TV or music

This is a biggie, but, according to Kondo, you can’t really get in touch with which items ‘spark joy’ if you’re distracted. As Kondo writes in chapter one of Spark Joy: “Tidying up means confronting yourself”.


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6. Focus on quality

Do you know what ‘sparks joy’ for us? Quality clothing. The better quality your clothing, the more you can be assured of its longevity. After you’ve given your wardrobe the Kondo treatment, take a new approach to shopping and invest in quality items.


7. Donate

Don’t just throw your clothes away. By donating your unwanted clothes to a charity like Clothing Bank you can make a difference in other women’s lives. Clothing Bank empowers unemployed mothers to start their own businesses by selling gently worn clothing.


Woolies is also making it easier for you to make the difference. You can now deposit your unwanted clothing in a collection box at selected Woolies stores in Cape Town and Johannesburg.


Now that you’ve decluttered, why not stock up on new wardrobe essentials at Woolies
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