Do any of you have one drawer in your room that just makes you absolutely crazy? No matter how hard you try, you just can’t keep it organized and you can never find anything in it. Well let me just tell you a little secret. File folding your clothes can change your drawers for good!
For me, it was my workout clothes drawer.
Yup, I love to exercise and am pretty obsessive about it.
So I have one drawer in my room dedicated to… spandex pants, capris, shorts, sports bras, tank tops…you name it, it is in there.
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And yes, I know that’s a lot of clothes for one drawer, but I really didn’t want them to be spread out everywhere around my room.
And I felt the pain of how much stuff was in that drawer every time I would try to find what I wanted to wear.
Over the years I have tried a lot of different methods to keep it less cluttered.
Things like rotating the seasonal clothes to a different drawer, folding and refolding to create stacks that should stay put…But nothing has ever really worked.
To tell you the truth, I really didn’t think file folding my clothes would work either, but what did I have to lose? I was spending 5-10 minutes a day pulling everything out of my drawer to find the one article of clothing I needed!
Who Started File Folding Clothes?
Overall, the KonMari method is about decluttering your home by deciding if an object “sparks joy” inside you or not.
I don’t know about you, but not many things in my home spark joy in me but I still need them. So I don’t know that her methods will work for everyone.
BUT, her folding method is what I am focusing on today. She has a different way of folding and stacking clothing vertically instead of horizontally.
I know, I was pretty skeptical too, but I tried it anyway.
How Do You File Fold?
File folding your clothes is just a different way of folding. Traditionally, most people fold their clothing up into a rectangle shape and stack it on top of each other.
The problem with that comes when you want to see what is on the bottom of the stack.
And worse yet, if you actually want to remove the article of clothing that is farther down in the stack.
So what file folding does, is turns your stack on it’s side…I know…genius right?! I don’t know why this is just becoming a thing!
Anyhow, you fold your clothes down a little smaller than the normal rectangle…more like a square, and then place the article of clothing in the drawer NEXT to another article instead of on top of another article of clothing.
Wow, that is a lot of words. Here is a great picture instead…
The KonMari File Folding Method
They way KonMari has you do it, you don’t use any kind of container to hold your clothes up. But, I found that they fell down easily. So I decided to add some dollar store bins to my drawers to help contain my rows of file folded clothes.
And this method works beautifully as you can see in the picture.
Voila! It seriously looked really good. I can see all of my clothes, see which ones I want and then pull them out quite easily.
So Does the KonMari Folding Method Really Work?
2 weeks after doing the KonMari folding method in my workout drawer, I decided to do it in some of my other drawers because it is absolutely AMAZING!
Who would have thought that just folding something a little bit differently could totally change the amount of drawer space you have and how you use it?
The KonMari folding method is legit! And even 2 legit 2 quit (yes, I know I’m a nerd) which is why I am working on some other spaces in my room now. I may even carry it over to my kid’s rooms! We’ll see, they may not be able to maintain it, but if they can, it would be a great solution for their messy drawers as well!
I may not have a KonMari home, but I will definitely have KonMari drawers!
But Wait! What About KonMari Maintenance?
Maintaining the KonMari Folding Method is actually no more labor intensive than folding your clothes normally. And since you can see everything in the drawer, you don’t have to dig around trying to find the one shirt at the bottom.
Therefore, this method or folding really saves you from having to continually refold the clothing you mess up in your drawers!
I hope you try it out in your own home!
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I would love for you to comment whether you have tried out the KonMari folding method and what drawer you have used it on!
Thanks for reading!
As a stay at home mom myself, I have found ways to keep myself sane and organized while loving what I do …be home with my kids! After 14 years of being home, I realized other moms may benefit from some of the tips and tricks I have learned over the years. Join me to learn ways to manage your home and life as a stay at home mom so you can make time to enjoy the best part…family. Things I love…feeling motivated, Harry Potter, being outside, and digging deeper into my life and my family’s life in order to make it better. I have a Degree in Biology and am also a freelance writer.