I “Konmari-ed” my drawers and I LOVE it!

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I’m sure, by now, most of you have heard of Marie Kondo’s “The life-changing magic of tidying up”. Perhaps you read it or or have been meaning to.

I received the book as a gift from a client who said “you have the same ideology, you talk about all the same things”.  Wow… now I had to read it. I finished it in 2 days. We do have the same ideas about energy, sacredness and only keeping what brings you happiness, but I was a little skeptical about some of her methods. Such as doing everything all at once as opposed to a little at a time. Most of us don’t have the luxury of carving out 6 hours to tackle our space.

I decided to utilize her folding method for some of my drawers and I am thrilled with the outcome. Not only did it give me another chance to filter through items I no longer loved, but it made everything neater, easier to access and I could SEE every item. I used to roll my clothes, but that never seemed to work for my deep drawers. I had to layer items on top of each other. Now don’t get me wrong, rolling clothes is great if you have very shallow drawers, but if they are deep… go “Konmari”.

Folding the clothes is easier than expected and as Marie Kondo explains “Every piece of clothing has its own “sweet spot” where it feels just right.”

Folded clothes are not layered on top of each other, but standing on their edge.  If your garment falls or droops you do not have the fold quite right.

Here’s how to do it. 

Fold lengthwise sides in toward the center. Left side first, then right side. Follow with the arms. Creating a long rectangular shape. Whatever clothing item you fold, make sure you begin with a long rectangular shape.
Fold lengthwise sides in toward the center. Left side first, then right side. Follow with the arms. Creating a long rectangular shape. Whatever clothing item you fold, make sure you begin with a long rectangular shape.

 

Grab the bottom of garment and fold toward the top. Then fold again and keep folding until you get to the top. In halves, thirds, quarters etc.
Grab the bottom of garment and fold toward the top. Then fold again and keep folding until you get to the top. In halves, thirds, quarters etc.

 

Adjust the number of folds to accommodate the clothing standing on edge. Each clothing item and type of material will require a different number of folds. Practice and play.
Adjust the number of folds to accommodate the clothing standing on edge. Each clothing item and type of material will require a different number of folds. Practice and play.

 

Make sure each piece of clothing stands up on its own and fits the height of the drawer.
Make sure each piece of clothing stands up on its own and fits the height of the drawer.

 

My favorite thing about the "Konmari method" is I CAN SEE ALL my clothes. There is a ton of space in my drawers now. I know where I need to replenish in color or design. And you know what that means don't you? Time to go shopping for new favorites!!!
My favorite thing about the “Konmari method” is I CAN SEE ALL my clothes. There is a ton of space in my drawers now. I know where I need to replenish in color or design. And you know what that means don’t you? Time to go shopping for new favorites!!!

 

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