When I posted my Wardrobe Makeover post last week I wasn’t planning on there being a second part. However, not long after I discovered the KonMari Folding Method and have now given the drawers a makeover as well. So, here’s a photo tutorial of how to do it!
The KonMari method comes from Marie Kondo, a Japanese organising and decluttering expert. Her best-selling book, The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up: The Japanese Art of Decluttering and Organizing, contains a lot more tasks than folding but I am just starting with that for now.
Her main idea is that instead of laying folded clothes flat in the drawer (where you can’t see everything), the clothes are folded in such a way that they will stand up in the drawer.
In the before photo my husband’s shirts take up a lot of room and can’t be seen properly, but in the after shot the shirts are much easier to find, take up less room, and the drawer looks tidier.
So, here’s how it is done. I’ve used my children’s clothes for these photos as they were easier to get in the shot than my husband’s large shirts!!
KonMari Folding Method for T-shirts
For the shirts: Start by folding one side towards the middle, level with the edge of the next. Then fold the sleeve down into a triangle. Next, fold the other side in. Now you should have a rectangle. Fold the hem of the shirt toward the collar, leaving a gap of about 1 or 2 inches. Keep folding the shirt in half until it can stand up.
KonMari Folding Method for Long-Sleeved Tops
For long sleeved shirts the method is fairly similar, except that the sleeve is folded down.
KonMari Folding Method for Underwear
I also followed her method for folding underwear and was amazed at how much space was saved just folding something so small in a different way.
And here’s how to do it: Lay the underwear flat and fold the crotch up to the hem to make a rectangle. Fold one edge in towards the centre and then keep folding in half until it stands up.
Folding in to a rectangle shape seemed to be the key for all items. The same was true with the long pants. First fold one leg on top of the other. Then fold the crotch in to make a rectangle. Now fold the hem up towards the waistband, leaving a gap of 1 or 2 inches. Keep folding in half until it stands up.
Now your drawers should all be neat and tidy and you will be able to find everything – no forgotten items at the bottom of the drawer!
Have you implemented any of the KonMari method in your home?
UPDATE: Our shoes, jackets and bags are now organised too. Check out our DIY mudroom.
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