One day while I was reading a book in the bedroom, my husband came in and all of a sudden started taking out his clothes and folding them. I was looking at him very surprised, because never did I see him taking care of his clothes. He used to just dump them on bed and I was supposed to put them in his closet. I had made different sections for him, a drawer for each kind of clothes, but never did he care to organise them. I used to just dump a cloth in its respective drawer. That is how I used to keep mine too. I never folded my clothes, tops and bottoms went on hangers.
But today he was folding them and keeping them neatly. He said he is doing “Spark Joy” and told me it is a way to organise things. I said “well we will see in a month” (with sarcasm). But by the end of it, I felt so nice inside that I asked him to send me links of the videos he saw. I saw these videos and then did my closet!
And what more I could never get my husband to keep his office desk organised. All kinds of things which did not belong there like even tools and screws from his carpentry work used to be there. Once a week I would clean it up and organise the things.
But that day he cleaned up his desk and it has been so since then! Then I understood that it was my way of organising that did not motivate him to keep his things organised.
It gave an amazing feeling of quiet and harmony when I looked at my husband’s closet and so it became contagious and I felt like doing mine too. But I had to see the videos to learn how to fold the inner wear and the philosophy behind it.
My husband had bought her book too but never read it. He just saw 3 videos and fixed his closet and desk and that is it. But I then decided to start reading the book. Am still reading her book.
But still I was skeptical about how long it will remain tidy and most importantly what would I do when I would do the laundry. So I waited for the day of laundry.
I brought all dry clothes inside and by habit took by husbands underwear like a pile, opened the drawer and was just about to dump them in. But when I saw how tidy it was with all the folded underwear I took a deep breath, calmed down and folded each cloth and put it in the closet neatly.
It is a feeling which you can understand only by experience, so I invite you to start with your very own wardrobe.
Today did the linen cupboard. I am eager to do the kitchen and pantry section, but need half a day along with my husband to do it. Eagerly waiting for a suitable day!
I wish I had taken a BEFORE picture of my closet to show you the difference but I had not. Here is the AFTER picture.
I used to keep things which I was not using thinking I shall use them if I keep them on top. But I never did. After doing Spark Joy for clothes, when I went into kitchen I did not feel good about it and did spark joy just on this part!