For many of us, 2017 was a doozy, but we here at Brit + Co are ready to hit refresh in 2018! Follow our Hit Refresh series through January for new ideas, hacks, and skills that will help you achieve (and maintain!) those New Year鈥檚 resolutions.

It鈥檚 a new year, which means new you, new home, new everything. Well, that鈥檚 the idea at least. We鈥檙e embracing that philosophy this January by trying out the trendiest organization technique on the block: the KonMari Method. Developed by Marie Kondo in Japan, the KonMari Method is a decluttering practice based on a simple principle: Surround yourself with items that 鈥渟park joy.鈥 This means be thoughtful about what items you hold onto (like your favorite lounge-around-the-house sweater), and be swift and practical about what you purge (like that OTT cocktail dress you still feel guilty about never wearing). Our uber talented Production Assistant, Cassidy Miller, was happy to take on the challenge in her adorable (and tiny) San Francisco cottage.

Besides being a badass stylist, DIYer, and Jill of All Trades, this girl is known for her fashionable threads. And you know what that means? A closet chock-full of goodies. Sharing said closet with her BF Ryan has only made things trickier. Needless to say, their little closet was ready for some reorganization and purging. Follow along for her transformation!

Brit + Co: What was the biggest problem area for you? Why?

Cassidy Miller: Definitely our closet. My partner moved into my studio apartment five years ago and we still struggle with finding a balance in the small space. I鈥檝e been slowly and begrudgingly giving him more closet space, but that means I need to be smarter (and more creative) with my own clothes.

B+C: Have you tried to organize this area in the past? How did that go?

CM: Yes; I鈥檓 super organized and he鈥檚 not. So it鈥檚 been a labor of love on my part to try and make the space work. We鈥檝e made strides in the past but haven鈥檛 got to an optimal place yet.

B+C: Was the KonMari Method helpful? Was it difficult at first?

CM: I LOVE the KonMari Method. I consider myself a tidy person already, so I was implementing a lot of her practices without even knowing. I think it鈥檚 a great starting place for people who need a heavier hand in getting a jumpstart on being organized. Her techniques on folding really helped me put the finishing touch on our closet reorganization.

B+C: What were some pros and cons for this method as it applied to your organization needs?

CM:

Pros

鈥 Living in a super small space, the idea that you need to absolutely love everything you own is really powerful to me.

鈥 It鈥檚 a sustainable method with a focus on a lifestyle change, not just a flashy product that promises to fix your problems for you.

Cons

鈥 If you don鈥檛 have a lot of storage space, folding everything you own isn鈥檛 really that practical.

B+C: What, if any, products did you buy to help organize the space?

CM: To help organize all our newly folded, Marie Kondo-approved clothes, I bought more three-cube shelves from Target to put on the floor of the closet and up top.

B+C: Would you (and Ryan) recommend this organization method?

CM: 100 percent. We think it鈥檚 awesome!

B+C: What advice would you give to people trying this method?

CM: Take your time reading Marie Kondo鈥檚 book The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up: The Japanese Art of Decluttering and Organizing, and don鈥檛 cut corners! You have to fully commit to have long-term success.

For more KonMari organizing inspo, check out her Instagram @MarieKondo or take a look at the hashtag #SparkJoy.

Photography: Brittany Griffin

Models/Organizers: Cassidy Miller and Ryan Hui

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