How to Declutter Belts and Scarves with the KonMari Method

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Inside: Using the Konmari Method to declutter, organize and store belts and scarves in a simple and effective manner; tips on labeling and storing other accessories.

The time has come for another Konmari post! It seems the world is not about to give up on the life changing magic of clearing out all the things you don’t need and organizing the things that are left. Today, I want to talk to you about a problem area for a lot of people – belts and scarves and how to use the Konmari method mindset to keep them under control. 

I will say right away that I am not the biggest belt person around, but I do love scarves. So recently, when I undertook a one-day maintenance routine in my master closet, I decided to reevaluate the belt and scarf storage situation. Know that your storage solutions will be slightly different from mine, but the fundamentals will be the same.

By the way, I’ve written at length about the whole Declutter craze – you can read more here about if I think after three years Konmari really works, and you can see the first stab I had at Konmari in the master closet three years ago here. 

Collecting all the items in that category

Step one when it comes to belts and scarves, and in fact all of Konmari is to dump all the items out onto a flat surface. I used my bed. 

A quick note, Marie Kondo is kind of vague about the category belts fall into – are they clothing or are they accessories or are they komono (miscellany?) I treat them like part of my clothing and accessories declutter. 

Another thing I do a little ‘off book’ is, after doing it ‘by the book’ the first time around’ – I no longer dump EVERYTHING from that category out at one time. I have a decent size closet, so I zone it out and tackle it by emptying it out bit by bit. The end result is the same. I end up touching everything I own, but I find it helps me to reduce the actual overwhelm of emptying everything at one time. 

Once the items are on the bed – in this case your belts and scarves, purge them of the ones you don’t want, no longer wear or the ones that have come to the end of their usefulness; either they are worn down, torn or need replacing. 

Mindfully Decluttering your Belts

As with any good mindful declutter, you will have to be incredibly honest with yourself. 

I hit a weird mental and emotional wall with my belts because most of them are maternity belts! I didn’t wear belts until I was pregnant and needed something to help me define my waist. I had a lot of trouble letting a few of them go because of the memories associated with carrying my daughter. I urge you to make sure you are decluttering your mental baggage as much as you are the physical baggage. 

Repeat these steps if you are also doing scarves at the same time. 

Sorting and Storing Belts

I have tried hanging my belts up on a special belt hanger, but the truth is I find those hard to use on a daily basis. They can be tricky to maintain depending on the buckle type on the belt. Further, if the hanger is meant to be on a clothing rack, it’s easy for the belts on the back to be forgotten about and not worn. The whole point of this Konmari exercise is to whittle down your accessories to a point where you actually wear them! (I have another post all about Konmari and jewelry if you want to see it here. 

My solution is to roll up each individual belt and put them in a dedicated drawer. I also label my drawers on the top edge so I can easily put things away and grab things without thinking too hard about it. 

I double up this drawer with tights and and leotards because I most often wear belts with dresses and I also will typically be wearing tights in those situations too. 

Sorting and Storing Scarves

Scarves are a little more challenging to manage when it comes to storing because they can get out of hand quite quickly. 

The first thing you’ll want to do is freshen up any wrinkled or creased scarves. I like to pop mine into the dryer on low heat and/or the air dry cycle for about 20 minutes, just to loosen the fabric a bit. (Be mindful of using heat on silk scarves though!)

Once again, I’ve used almost every scarf storage method around – including a scarf hanging hanger, putting them into a sorted basket or bin – and I keep coming back to the Konmari Inspired, fold and place in a drawer. It lets the pattern on the scarf easily show and it keeps them all crease and pull free. 

My scarves are now folded and neatly placed in a small storage drawer below my belts!

If you need a refresher on how to fold using the Konmari Method, check out this video with Marie Kondo herself!

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