How to fold your clothes using the KonMari method

Do you have a closet filled with clothes but nothing to wear? I experienced the same thing and was frustrated dressing up so much time in the morning. So I pared down and organised my wardrobe; it made a huge difference. Keeping minimum clothes and only those that flatters my body makes dressing up so much easier and looking good only takes me minutes.

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Though there was something lacking. While the section where clothes such as dresses and skirts are hung looked incredibly neat (without much effort), I have problem keeping folded clothes such as shorts and t-shirt tidy permanently; they get messy after a while.

After reading ‘The life-changing magic of tidying up’ by Marie Kondo, an international bestseller, I found the problem and the solution. Piling up clothes is a bad system. Instead, clothes should be folded into a rectangle and stored vertically.

How to fold clothes into a rectangle
Marie Kondo said that clothes should be folded into a crisp rectangle. To make it simple, imagine polo-tee folded at the store. Fold your clothes the same way, just make another fold to make it smaller.

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How to store clothes vertically
Piling clothes up like in the store is a bad idea. Clothing at the bottom will not only be forgotten, but wrinkled due to pressure. Instead, Marie Kondo suggests storing folded clothes vertically in a box.

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How to make folded clothes look neater?
To make it neater, the side in which you can see the ‘roll’ is suppose to be hidden at the bottom (shown above). However, the other way (shown below) allows me to put more clothes.

What organising tool can you use?
Before putting clothes in a drawer, Marie Kondo suggest to arrange them in a box. Shoe boxes are perfect to store clothes. They are normally available at home and pretty to boot. You can also use plastic shoe boxes or baskets.

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What kind of clothes to hang and what to fold
Clothes like dresses, coats and skirts should be hung. It should also apply to clothing that would be ‘happier hung up’ such as soft materials and highly tailored cuts. Other clothing items like undergarments, t-shirts, jeans and shorts should be folded.

Benefits of vertically stored folded clothes
Marie Kondo mentioned that most clothes should be folded to save space. Depending on the thickness of your clothes, the same space to hang 10 pieces of clothing can store 20 to 40 clothes.

marie kondo - folded clothes

Benefits of vertically stored folded clothes
Marie Kondo mentioned that most clothes should be folded to save space. Depending on the thickness of your clothes, the same space to hang 10 pieces of clothing can store 20 to 40 clothes.

She also recommended folding clothes (as oppose to hanging) as the main storage method to help save space. However, I still prefer to hang my clothes as it takes less time and space is not a huge problem to me as I don’t over-shop. Also, because I mainly wear dresses, I hang most of my clothes. But I do find this novel method very useful for my undergarments, shorts and t-shirts.

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