I am constantly trying to get organized. Constantly. I don’t know why I’m not actually achieving it. I did, however, manage to get one area under control. Clothes. And I did it with the KonMari folding method. (Or as Sole Man calls it, the Calamari method.)
I am somewhat obsessive about reading and researching. So as I continued my Quest of Organization, I discovered Marie Kondo’s The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up.
It is seriously life changing.
I read the whole book but honestly, I have really only done the first major part: clothes. Even if that is all you do, it is still life changing. Even if you’re not ready to do that, walk away with one thing today: folding.
Marie Kondo is a Japanese cleaning consultant who creating the KonMari method of folding. There are a bunch of videos and posts available about it. This one features Marie and gives you an idea of what her folding method is.
With tidying up, she focuses on finding things that spark joy. This is a key factor to her method. The idea is that once you purge, you are only surrounded by things that bring you joy and thereby your entire outlook on life changes. Clear the clutter, keep the joy.
Back to folding. If you watched the video above, you can adapt the folding method to however works best for you (e.g. kids clothes can only be folded so many times because they are smaller). The key is that your clothes will stand up when folded properly. Once they are all in a drawer, shirts will look like this:
Pants and skirts will look like this:
Let me tell you, I just ran upstairs to take these photos and I did nothing to make them photo-ready (sorry!) I literally opened the drawers and snapped quick photos. One drawer belongs to Little, the other to Middle. I think they folded clothes 3 or 4 days ago, so this shot is after 3 days of getting ready for school. Incredible! It stills wows me.
It’s revolutionary for my family because now the clothes are all visible and when you want something, you can see it and get it without disturbing the entire drawer. This is particularly important for my kids. At the time of this posting, they are 9, 7 and 4. They mostly fold their own clothes using the KonMari (or as Sole Man named it – the Calamari) method.
Little and Middle need supervision and Little still needs help with certain items. But they do the bulk of the work and their drawers stay organized. They can pull out clothes without upsetting a pile of things and without creating a mess.
It means I spend less time folding their clothes and tidying up their drawers. Life changing!
Now, if I can just follow the rest of her book to get everything else organized!
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