Are you ready for the beach?
If you frequent a specific location like the beach, pool, or gym, dedicate a specific bag for it. The easiest thing is to keep it packed and ready to grab and go. When you return, simply wash and replace the items so that the bag is ready for your next outing.
If there are items that you do not use exclusively for this outing, such as your sunglasses, you can create a Checklist for the bag. Before you head out, run down the Checklist to ensure that you have what you need. Keep the Checklist in the bag and re-use it each time you go.
Are you headed on a trip?
Consider folding your clothes and packing them vertically in your suitcase just as you could in a drawer. I know that this may sound crazy if you’ve never tried it before. I was very skeptical as I had always used the “unfold and flatten everything” type of packing in the past. However, I decided to give it a try, and now I actually prefer it! I am amazed that I can easily fit just as much in my suitcase.
According to Marie Kondo's KonMari Method™ for organizing, the best way to pack a suitcase is to keep items vertical, compartmentalized, and easy-to-see. By packing this way, you can remove or add articles of clothing without ruining the rest. You can also see everything at a glance when you open the suitcase.
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It has finally gotten colder here in Houston, and it feels like fall! Or winter! The city goes a little crazy when it gets cold… we sometimes forget how to drive… or how to leave the house… ;)
Do be aware that Texas can be 80 degrees one day and 40 the next. It’s a gamble every day to know what to wear! But I think that just makes life a bit more interesting.
On to our clothes... the KonMari Method™ was created by Japanese organizer Marie Kondo and is explained in her book “The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up.” Instead of organizing room by room, she encourages readers to organize by category, starting with your clothes.
At this time of year as the weather changes, we obviously start wearing different types of clothes. Where do you keep your seasonal items? Are your winter sweaters in boxes? In separate closets? Way up in the rafters of your main closet?
Marie recommends NOT using seasonal storage for your regular clothes. On the other hand, large items like a ski jacket or snorkeling gear are fine to store elsewhere. But clothes… clothes should all be kept in your main closet(s) or dresser(s) all year round. Why? Most people forget about those items, and they become wrinkled and unused. If this is you, then I highly recommend that you go through all of your clothes, choose the ones that “spark joy”, and organize them in a way that gives you access to all of them year-round.
Now let me share a little secret about my own closet. You see, I love novelty, and I tend to get used to my clothes. Over time, my clothes don’t bring me quite as much as joy as before. So I do actually take away seasonal clothes and store them elsewhere for a few months. Then, as the weather changes, I eagerly bring out the seasonal clothes. And they bring me SO MUCH JOY, y’all! Usually, I've forgotten that I own certain items, so it’s kind of like shopping and getting new clothes all over again!
Since Marie’s method is all about bringing more JOY into our lives, I think that she would approve. :)
My name is Laura, and I love all things organizing!