What I Learned from Marie Kondo-ing My Closet

This weekend I tried Marie Kondo’s closet-cleaning method and now I’m sharing what I learned & if I thought it really made a difference to define what “sparked joy.”

“Dolly” Tee: Draper James || Ruffle Skirt: J. Crew (Similar Linked) || Grey Booties: c/o Amazon (under $50!) || Apple Watch with this band

So this past weekend I did a thing… I jumped on the national craze of Marie Kondo fanatics and after watching one too many episodes of “Tidying Up” I decided to tackle a major closet clean-out! I have to be honest, I as pretty skeptical that this would work and the thought of asking myself “does this spark joy?” made me LOL. But you know what? Marie knows what she’s talking about! I cleaned out more clothing in 3 hours than I have in years- and it’s like a weight has been lifted off me! Marie Kondo is my hero 🙂

While I cleaned out a whole lot of clothes, I also learned a few things along the way and I thought it would be fun to share some of those “revelations” with y’all today!

Before we dive in to what I learned, I’ll share a few of the basics of this method with you in case it’s new for you! One of the big things about Marie Kondo’s method is that you pull out EVERYTHING from your closet! Yep, that means every single item comes on out in a big old stack!! I did mine by sections because my closet is organized that way- but it makes such a difference seeing your clothes laid out like that. The next part of her method is holding each item and asking yourself, “does this spark joy?” If the answer is yes, you keep the item. If the answer is no, you thank the piece for serving you well and let it go. I’m not going to lie, it sounds super silly when you type it out, but it is a game changer! (Picture proof at the end of this post!)

ONE- I’m an impulse shopper

I mean, is this a surprise to anyone? I always knew I had a bit of an impulse issue, but in doing such a major clean out I came face to face with how out of hand that habit has gotten! And the truth is, most of those impulsively bought pieces are not pieces that “spark joy” – they are now sitting in my donation pile! One thing I need to work on going forward is being more thoughtful about the pieces that I buy.

TWO- Those Loft sales get me every time

Along the same lines as above, I realized that one of the retailers that I consistently impulse shop at is Loft. Not knocking the store, but I clearly need to be more thoughtful about my specific purchases there and stop getting suckered into other bloggers try on hauls ?

THREE- No one tells you how hard it is to let go

I’ve always had a lot of memories woven into each piece of clothing in my closet, so I get pretty sentimental cleaning it out! As excited as I was to get my closet in tiptop shape, it was definitely hard to let go of some pieces- especially those that I made sweet memories in! But I had to be honest with myself about pieces that no longer fit my personal style, or actually fit me at all! As y’all know, I’ve been on a bit of a weight loss journey and the amount of pieces that were 2 sizes too big were quite shocking! One of the things about weight loss, is that there’s always an over arching fear of gaining the weight back. But I had to be my own cheerleader, now that I’ve kept the weight off for about four months, and get rid of those pieces that no longer fit. Trusting myself that I would continue on this positive path!

FOUR- I am not my clothing

I think this revelation is going to need its own post, but I was again reminded that clothes are what I wear but they are NOT the defining factor of my self-worth! (Can I get an amen?!)

FIVE- It’s time to clean out the rest of my house!

The final thing I learned was how satisfying it is to clean out! I went into my closet this morning looking for a long sleeve top, and it was so nice to look through piece after piece that I absolutely love it! Now I’m ready to tackle my kitchen and the hundreds of coffee mugs and cups but I have collected over the past few years! And then shoe closet I’m coming for you… I think this will be a continuous journey but I’m excited to have gotten started!

“Dolly” Tee: Draper James || Ruffle Skirt: J. Crew (Similar Linked) || Grey Booties: c/o Amazon (under $50!) || Apple Watch with this band

And while this isn’t the prettiest picture in the world, this is the REAL in-the-moment picture of me cleaning out my closet and learning to find what sparks joy!

Have you tried the Kon Mari method? What were your results?



  1. Annaliese
    January 30, 2019 / 7:04 am

    Yes! I did this a few weeks ago with my closet and honestly think I still need to take out even more pieces that don’t spark joy! Haha. I’m going to do it with my apartment stuff later this year!

    xoxo A

    • girlmeetsbow
      January 31, 2019 / 5:50 am

      Yes I still think I have more to go- but such a satisfying start!

    • girlmeetsbow
      January 31, 2019 / 5:52 am

      It was easier than I thought once I got in the groove! ☺️

  2. Connie
    January 31, 2019 / 12:19 pm

    Miss seeing your face since you have left jewelry☀️?

    • girlmeetsbow
      February 1, 2019 / 6:42 am

      I miss you too!! Come visit me in apparel anytime 🙂

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