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.
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!