Folding clothes does not have to be boring … by following Marie Kondo’s method you can maximize spaces and have a closet as if it were a shop window.
The Japanese Marie Kondo has become famous worldwide. Its popularity is due to the teachings regarding the order and the happiness of living in a functional house. The KonMari method can help you in any environment and aspect of your life, but one of its first lessons has to do with how to fold clothes.
Before folding your clothes do cleaning
If you have not yet read his books or watched the Netflix series about the KonMari method, you should know that the first lesson has to do with clothes. Marie Kondo urges her clients, as a first step, to take all the clothes out of their closets, drawers and any place where they store it and dump it on the bed.
Maybe you don’t know how many clothes you have until you do this exercise, nor the places where you put it for lack of space.
The second step once you have that huge mountain of clothes in front of you is to analyze one by one (yes, one by one, even if it takes you a week and you have to sleep on the sofa until you vacate the bed), which ones give you happiness and which not.
It may seem trivial, but at the moment it is difficult to choose with certain garments. Those who do not give you joy should place them in a bag and donate or give them away. The ones you love to stay and the ones you are not sure you should check again until you decide if you get rid of them or keep them.
In the end, you have the third step, which can be the most complicated because it requires a certain technique and, above all, practice. But the good thing is that once you see your clothes sorted as if it were the shop window of a store you will never want to reorganize it or leave it lying anywhere.
Fold clothes as packages
The KonMari method has the premise of minimizing the objects we have at home and at the same time organizing them so that we can easily find them.
Therefore, it recommends the use of container boxes to store things, as well as placing objects vertically (as if they were books in a library ) to find them with the naked eye.
But returning to what refers to the art of folding clothes, the trick is to assemble packages or rolls with your clothes. Instead of putting the shirts on top of each other as you do now, you have to place them one behind the other. Like in stores!
In the book ‘Happiness after order’, Marie Kondo explains garment by garment how it should be folded to optimize spaces. We will tell you how to fold shirts or similar clothes:
- Stretch the garment well: you can do it on the table or in bed, even sitting on the floor. The important thing is that the surface is smooth and flat. You can take advantage if you are ironing clothes.
- Fold to the center: take the right part of the garment and bring it to the center, more or less halfway to the neck.
- Retract the sleeve: the sleeve must be within that third of the garment, that is, without protruding from the edge you have achieved.
- Repeat steps 2 and 3 with the left side: the idea is to keep the sleeves facing each other but not sticking out.
- Fold in half: mark the middle of the garment and fold from top to bottom (from the neck to the waist).
- Repeat the previous step: fold the garment over itself to reduce its size by half. The idea is that with this fold you look like a kind of rectangular package.
It is important that the garment stays on itself and does not wobble. If this happens, start over, making the folds stronger.
Socks and pants
Since each clothing is different, there are different techniques to fold it. For example, in the case of socks, place one on top of the other, fold them in half and then again to form the famous package. Another option is once the first one has been folded, the scrolls.
For the pants, fold leg on the leg and then introduce the protruding part (that kind of beak) so that you have a perfect rectangle.
Fold in half and repeat to form the package. Once you learn to fold clothes with the KonMari method, you will realize how useful and practical it is. Cheer up!