Tested: The KonMari Folding Method

I gave my copy of The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up a smirky sideways glare when author Marie Kondo outlined a precise method of folding and rolling clothes. Nope, I was never going to take organizing that far….until I did and it almost doubled my drawer space.  Last week, my friend and client, Cassandra Metzger, who gave me the book got on-board too.  This is her drawer makeover.

Before

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After

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What you can't see here is how spacious it was when we were done! So, we filled it with shirts from a neighboring drawer and closet!  Between this and another drawer, she freed up 15 hangers in her closet and gained about half a drawer.

Along the way we did a few things to ensure this will last:

- Shirts and tanks must be folded in a way that the detail that differentiates it from those of the same color show on the rolled edge.

- Stick with me on this one…you do need to measure the drawer's depth, or just use one perfectly rolled piece a your guide.  If rolled pieces are even half an inch too long, they'll get caught and drag when opening.

- The drawer either has to be full or you'll need drawer dividers to keep pieces from coming unrolled.

I did this in my own closet too with identical results.  Even more than the extra space, I love that I can see each piece.  Nothing is hidden.  Once you roll and unroll a few pieces to get your little rhythm down (which actually takes very little time) you won't go back!

Think you'll try it?  Please share in the comments.

How I Personally Got Rid of 17 More Things

I've been tearing through the book that last week I said I wished I had written, but then a brilliant 18 page (free) e-book showed up that immediately had me donating 5 books, 3 DVDs, a candleholder, 8 more pieces of clothing, and stumbling around my house muttering "Everything must go. Everything must go."

The free PDF on Youhavetoomuchshit.com is Marie Kondo's crude, tell-it-like-it-is underdog British cousin - and it works. The proof is in my donations bag. (It also claims the url I wish I owned).

Read now: www.youhavetoomuchshit.com

 

119 CircleOffice Organizing Expert Kacy Paide loves to do what most people hate: organize offices & paper. She works with folks who are desperate for a more functional, more beautiful, more inspiring office. Kacy has been a Professional Organizer since 2001 and has worked with over 500 clients. Call her crazy, but she loves a good mess and wants to fix yours. Based in Silver Spring, MD, Kacy is nationally available for consulting & speaking. Reach her at 202.262.1207 and kacy@theinspiredoffice.com. Watch video lessons on office organizing here. Subscribe to the weekly newsletter & receive your free list of 100 Ways to Organize Your Office at www.theinspiredoffice.com/subscribe.