Confession: I thought I would hate the KonMari folding method.
When I first read The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up, I was onboard with most of Marie Kondo’s decluttering tips. But her meticulous method of folding clothes? Too fussy for me.
Maybe I was doubtful because Marie Kondo promises her readers that we will like folding clothes.
“Once you have mastered this technique, you will actually enjoy doing it every day and will find it a handy skill for the rest of your life. In fact, to go through life without knowing how to fold is a huge loss.”Marie Kondo
I may have laughed out loud at this part of the book. While tidying up is great, I couldn’t picture a world where I enjoyed folding clothes.
It wasn’t until I watched her Netflix show last year and saw the KonMari folding method in action that I decided to give it a chance. A year later, I wanted to share how it went, whether I was able to keep up with it, and whether I recommend you give it a chance, too.
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How to Fold KonMari Style
You want to fold each clothing item so it can stand on its own with nothing stacked underneath. You should be able to see every item in a drawer.
It really helps to see how it’s done in a video. And Marie Kondo is basically the Bob Ross of organization, with a very calming spirit that is addicting to watch.
She could have a series of mundane videos—getting the mail, paying taxes, scheduling a dentist appointment—and somehow watching it all would be therapeutic. Tell me I’m wrong.
My Year of KonMari Folding
After I saw the folding method in action, I quickly emptied my dresser and folded every item in KonMari style.
Folding Tip: You can fold your t-shirt graphics inward for a more minimalist, solid color look. But when you have a joy-sparking collection of cat shirts, you should probably fold them with the graphics showing.
Kondo explains that sometimes you have to adjust the height or number of folds to find the sweet spot to make her folding method work for certain fabrics.
There is nothing more satisfying than finding that “sweet spot.”Marie Kondo
Nothing more satisfying? Someone get this woman a chocolate cake! Or a margarita, or a cat!!
So Is the KonMari Folding Method Actually Enjoyable?
I don’t love folding quite as much as Marie Kondo does. But I do love how easy it is to see all of my clothes neatly arranged in a drawer. I love the feeling of starting my day organized, with my outfit ready to go in a tidy little group of compact rectangles.
And surprisingly, I don’t mind folding laundry anymore. It is relaxing to neatly fold clothes and place them back into their designated spots.
Is It Sustainable?
I’ve been folding my clothes KonMari style consistently for a year, and it has been easy to keep it up. It’s worth taking a little extra time to fold clothes carefully for the peace and efficiency that come from having a more organized wardrobe.
Halfway through the year, I accepted that I was a full KonMari convert, so I started folding all of Eric’s clothes in KonMari style, too. He probably won’t write a blog post gushing about the transformation, but he does like being able to easily find things in his dresser.
Is It Worth Doing?
For me, it’s 100% worth maintaining this style of folding. But I started out as a fairly neat, type A person. Would a more easygoing type B person enjoy KonMari folding?
I think you should give it a try for a few months to see if you like it. It’s not as exciting as chocolate cake, but bringing order to your wardrobe will probably provide more long-term satisfaction than cake.
Organization Bins & Dividers
For delicate or smaller items, like socks, you can divide up your drawers with little organization bins that help the items stand up.
I’ve found cute storage bins at Target, IKEA and Ross, or you can order them on Amazon. Here are some ideas.