Since the launch of this popular organizing book by Marie Kondo’, The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up: The Japanese Art of Decluttering and Organizing. I am more than grateful as my organizing goal become clearer and its seem easier to accomplish.
Her latest book, “Spark Joy” make things better when she teaches us how to cherish everything we own and keep only thinks we have deep connection with its.
The book also complete with illustration on how to fold your clothes perfectly and keep it in storage. Which I found useful for real understanding on the method.
The Principle of Konmari Method of Clothes Folding
The folding method she introduces with the principal of space-saving really amazing. Her folding KonMari Method have successful empty most of my drawers.
As a result of this folding method, your clothes in the closet (drawers or boxes) become more visual. It’s also leave less fewer creases on your clothes and reduce your ironing efforts.
I strongly suggest for family with kids to use this method of folding. Even your small kids can easily take their favorite shirts with ease and no more digging around.
Why I personally love this concept?
Once you successful live longer with the system of organizing as introduced by Marie, you fall in love with everything you have. You appreciate your belonging more.
Cleaning also become easier and my kids can follow the method easily. It’s a great joy to see each time when I open my drawers, my clothes are perfectly folded and aligned.
Show of Gratitude towards Your Belonging
Say thank you to your belonging is a little details which we completely ignored. Maybe because we feel its not important. But when we understand why Marie suggesting this practice, its just make sense.
Some might say, why would we should thanks lifeless things because they have no emotion. We should thank god instead because its a gift from God.
What I understand from her advice is, to show your gratitude. It’s just the same concept as we say thank you to human being. When you give respect and appreciate whatever benefit you get from them (human or things), you will treat them differently. It’s doesn’t means you worship them just because you say thank you.
Basic Folding of Clothes by Konmari Method
The basic of folding using KonMori method is turns the large clothes into small squares and placing them in a box.
During the folding, your have to touch and appreciate your clothes in order to feel the respect to your belonging. After the folding, your clothes should stand upright by itself without collapsed, then you have done it right. If not, then you are not doing the right way.
Each item have to be properly storing by categories in a box on the upright way to make it visual for easy access. The result is instantly visual and your 10 seconds of folding effort really worth it.
Watch the Video here for demonstration!
Do You Konmari Your Closet?
The Konmari method is only one of the system you can follow. You can try for few months and test either the clothes folding system is suitable for your family. You can take the photos before and after few weeks or months.
Ask and get feedback from your family about the system, is it ideal for them. If the new system you introduce make things more complicated or doesn’t not bring any improvement for the house, then you might want to consider other way of folding your clothes.
This is our drawers after trying the Konmari method (inspired version) of less than 6 months and its working just fine for me. But for certain items like my scarf with thin fabrics for example, its cannot stand upright by itself after folding, but I still can vertically store the scarf inside the plastics container.
Even some people do not agree with Marie’s way of tidying up and organizing, I always believe in flexibility. You can try to use any organizing system for your house, but don’t be rigid, always modified and personalized it to suit your family lifestyle.
I have found the ideal clothes folding system for our house, how about you? Have you tried Konmari or do you prefer other folding styles? Share your thought with us in the comment section below!