Following Kondo's advice, I started by sorting through my clothes. I pulled clothes categorically from every location in the house I could think of: my closet, drawers, coat closet in the hallway, random clothes in the guest closet, and clothes in the laundry bin I didn't want to miss.
I heaped everything into a pile on my closet floor. Looking at the size of the mound, I felt guilt. Guilt at having so much of just one category, and, not wearing over half of what comprised the mound. Dresses I no longer fit into but hold onto out of denial ("I'll get back into that size 4"). Shoes that I no longer liked, jackets that had gone out of fashion.
Touching each item, I asked "do you bring me joy?"
For more than half of what I touched, the answer was no.
Folding the give-away pile into laundry bags to donate, I felt a sense of lightness and accomplishment. I was exhausted, but I knew, that all the clothes in the whole house that were mine, were ones that I loved. The clothes and shoes that stayed are ones that adorn my body with comfort and honor: they fit properly, they are well maintained, and I feel good in them. I had no idea the power and weight these unwanted and unworn clothes had on my and my mindset until I saw my closet without them: organized, each item has its own place.
Kondo's method is not easy - it's labor intensive and the process of purging is not a short one, but, I would highly recommend it. it's been a little over a week since I cleaned out my clothes, and I can report that my clothes and closet have stayed tidier during the work week, and I've been more stylishly dressed as I can see exactly what I have. This let's me try new pairings and change up outfits that I've worn before.
I'm anxious to move onto the next category using Kondo's method: my makeup and hair supplies! Small categories first, then bigger ones. I'm also sorting by setimental value, so papers, notebooks, and journals wil be very last.