Minimalist Laundry

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I recently posted a video on Konmari’s new book “Spark Joy,” where I mentioned the highlights of her new book and flip through the fresh illustrations. I am a fan of the Konmari method of folding; I just don’t do it. I want to explain.

Perhaps what I liked the most about Konmari’s original book was that she finally gave minimalists the boldness to encourage people to do things all at once. Not to put a box aside, to do things in gradual steps, to take the middle ground. For most minimalist bloggers, this method seemed too extreme, but ideal. Perhaps people that just wanted to organize would not like such drastic measures. But when Konmari entered the scene and encouraged that it wasn’t just the ideal way, but the only way to organize, it gave minimalists a jolt of new energy. Indeed, perhaps she has done more for the minimalist community than most minimalist bloggers, and yet, she is not a minimalist.

Marie Kondo is an organizing guru. However, decluttering is essential to all organization because space is finite. Most people are interested in decluttering, but not minimalism. Minimalism is a philosophy; decluttering is strictly logical.

The reasons why I do not do a capsule wardrobe or the Konmari folding method is because I am not particular. I value ease and simplicity over perfection. I was not always this way, but I learned over time not to stress details.

I do store my clothes with the spines showing, but I do not do a three-fold method. My spines are larger than a small rectangle, but I can do my folds quickly.

The reason I do not do the capsule wardrobe is because I’ve minimized my clothes to the bare essential after leaving the corporate world. I plan to minimize even more. Exploring limits and taking on challenges are exciting, to finally know what we are made of and capable of. To find what we barely even miss.

I mentioned in my 2016 goals that I hope to sew two identical home shift dresses, one by hand and one by machine, and document my progress. I’d also like to wash my clothes by hand for one week. It is not because I think hand-washing is superior, but because it’s hard to appreciate things that have always been there. Refrigeration and a washer are truly luxuries, and I want to realize how much time and energy they save.

Here is my minimalist laundry setup:
vinegar
unscented laundry detergent
mesh bag

I do not make my own laundry detergent because it would not simplify my life to make my own, having no kids. I hang all my clothes out to dry and dryer only the bedding/towels. This increases the longevity of clothes, but it also saves them from shrinking. If I had a house with a yard, I would hang my bedding to dry as well. Because I have few things in both of my closets, I have plenty of space to hang my wet clothes.

I stopped using dryer sheets and never used fabric softener, as these shorten the longevity of towels and clothes. I finally stopped using the Flipfold and never used a clipboard. Getting back to bare hands and not stressing about perfection is truly peace of mind.

I hope you will join me in eliminating all that is marketed to us in this day and starting from zero to see what really makes an impact. Washers and refrigerators make a great impact, this I know. Konmari has made a great impact as well on organization, minimalism, and joy, and that is the reason her folding method is essential. Philosophies that turn a task into joy are the ones that stand the test of time.

3 thoughts on “Minimalist Laundry

  1. Hello there. I just want you to know that I truly appreciate the content you put on both your blog and your YouTube channel. I have gotten my 16 year old to watch your videos and now she too is interested in parting with some the clothes that were bursting out of her wardrobes and filling every square-meter of the floor (oops, I hope she doesn’t see this comment!). Both my sister and I really appreciate how you go into detail about everything. On the note of not viewing poverty as a disadvantage, I support that 100%. I am currently unemployed and it has amazed me how, even with no formal income, I’ve managed to use the little money I get as gifts to bless others. This simply has happened because I have realized that I do not need a lot to live on. What can be spared and used to help another person is used so. In 2015 I began washing my laundry by hand and the experience has been blissful. Every time I do laundry I feel as though I have accomplished so much and it nails it to my mind how we need to prepare today and put in the work today to reap a good results tomorrow. I desire to live self-sufficiently on a rural farm using minimal electricity, so with every item washed by hand makes me feel as if I am working towards fulfilling that dream. Hand-washing laundry time has beautifully turned into me-time; I usually spend this time out in the sun, kneeling in the grass over a tub outside my parents backyard blissfully day-dreaming about my beautiful farm-cottage that I hope to be filled with laughter, warmth, growth and discovery. Yay to a simple and ‘enough’ life! Thank you again for the information that you share.

  2. I’m really excited to have found your website/youtube. I’m an American who has been teaching and living in Latin America for seven years now. Formerly anything BUT a minimalist, I became a minimalist on accident just by living in developing countries and dealing with/accepting/embracing a lot of the limitations here. I stumbled upon the term ‘minimalism’ a couple years ago and realized that is the term for the reason I had accidentally become so happy while living in developing countries. Now I’m an intentional minimalist. Because of my natural experience in day-to-day living with (close to) nothing here, I don’t usually find a lot of exciting ‘minimalism’ ideas from bloggers/youtubers. However, I’ve just scratched the surface with your blog and I’m pumped. You’ve got the gift! Keep on sharing and thank you!

  3. Do you have advice about eliminating ironing? Or dping it very minimally? Many people swear by folding immediately after drying. I have been doing that during the last month but many clothing items still look quite wrinkled right out of the dryer and spread out flat, ready to fold, so I put it on the ironing pile. This is regular cotton shirts, cotton blouses, linen pants, etc. Please pass on some tips about minimizing / avoiding wrinkles clothes after the dryer.

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