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How to Hack Your Clothing Space Using the Kon Mari Method

April 12, 2017
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Spring is in the air, which means tidying up and making room for new clothes are a top priority.

Except, what happens after you throw away all your clothes and your drawers are still filled up to the rim?

Or better yet, all that time spent neatly folding your clothes only winds up back to their messy state 😕

Newsflash : It’s all in the folding style.

After reading the bestselling novel “The Life Changing Magic of Tidying Up” by Marie Kondo, I recently incorporated her “Kon Mari” method of folding clothes.

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After attempting it with my T- Shirts and long sleeve tops , I can honestly say, I’ve been KonMari’d ( to a certain degree).

Her method is pretty straightforward.

Rather than laying your clothes flat in a drawer, her method involves standing them upright in a vertical manner.

Exhibit A :

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The magic art of folding. Ps- This is not a Nirvana tee 😉

By doing so, you’re allowing your clothes more breathing room which calls for additional space for new items to bring home (yay!).

 

Exhibit B : Joining Forces

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Additionally, if you want to assess which clothes to throw out or keep, all you need to do is hold each item and ask whether it “brings you joy.”

As tedious as a task this may seem, you’d be surprised how easy it is.

Fun tip : Do your clothing assessment all in one shot.

As much as it may seem time consuming (which it is), it’ll be more effective in helping you preserve this “organized mindset” and keep your clothes tidy. (more on this in my upcoming part 2 series!).

 

Here’s a before of my Tank Top

and T-Shirt drawer :

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Messy and disorganized, right? 🙈🙊

 

Now here’s AFTER:

I can see clearly now ..🌈

 

Pretty remarkable, right?

For the first time in YEARS, I can easily find a specific top without having to rummage through it all.

The method is pretty simple and slightly varies for each type of garment. Yet the pay off is so easy and worthwhile.

In case you were wondering : Your clothes won’t get wrinkled.

The amount of pressure you apply folding them + the act of rolling allows for less creasing. Here’s a video that’ll show you a quick rundown:

You can separate and organize them based on color, style etc.

In her novel, author Marie Kondo suggests bringing the lighter colors in the front and darker ones in the back.

I simply organized them based on the frequency of wear time. The clothes I wear most frequently are in the front. The graphic tees and other fancypants tops in the back.

There’s no set rules and chances are all your clothes won’t stand upright (especially those thick sweaters).

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What matters in the end, is that they’re neatly organized and you can find them easily without having to unfold them.

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All you need is to get the folding method down and you’re good to go!

Be on the look out for my Part 2 series of the key principles learned from the Life – Changing Magic of Tidying up!

 

Have you ever tried the Kon-Mari Method for folding clothes?

Let me know in the comments below!

 

 

 

 

 

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3 Comments

  • Reply John Bernardo April 17, 2017 at 9:37 am

    Been folding this way since I was shown by a friend during a trip to Mexico.

  • Reply John Bernardo April 17, 2017 at 2:06 pm

    Looking forward to part deux. …
    Loving your blog btw!

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