De-cluttering your closet with the Japanese art of KonMari

Lauren Davis

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (WVLT) -- It's a new year and many of you made a resolution to re-organize your life. Why not start with the closet?

There's a new way to de-clutter that is sweeping the nation. It's called KonMari and it's the Japanese art of de-cluttering. Now, an organizational expert will discuss what you need to know.

Lynne Harr needed some help organizing her closet.

"I'm a collector and had a hard time getting rid of things," Harr explained.

She called Karen Sprinkle, a certified professional organizer in Knoxville, Tennessee, who knew just what to do.

"It's so freeing when you get organized and find things you need," Sprinkle said.

Sprinkle uses the new KonMari method. The first step? Tidy all at once. Then organize by category, not location. We started with clothes in the closet. Gather all clothing items into one room, put them all on the bed and go through them. KonMari says only keep the things that spark joy. Touch it, hold it. If you don't feel joy, toss it.

"How do you feel wearing this? Do you feel pretty? Is it comfortable?" Sprinkle asked.

Another KonMari method is in storing your clothes. Fold your socks, t-shirts and even scarves, so they have the fat fold up.

"You can see everything you have, and pull one out without disrupting everything," Sprinkle explained.

It's a method that's worked for Sprinkle and especially Harr.

"I needed another person in the house to help me go through things," Harr said. "I was stuck."

So where do you begin the de-clutter process? Sprinkle said don't buy containers or organizers first. Go through your stuff, then organize.

Schedule enough time because Sprinkle says it can take up to nine hours to complete, depending on the size of your closet.

If you would like to learn more about KonMari, buy the book titled, "The life changing magic of tidying up."