When you’re in a rush to get out of the door in the morning, the last thing you need is a disorganized closet. You know your favorite tee is in there somewhere, you just can’t find it buried under the mountain of clothes. It’s so frustrating – especially when you have to compromise your outfit. Thank goodness for Marie Kondo and her book – The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up. Tidying can be ‘life-changing’? It’s a big promise, but it’s worked for me. So if you want to turn your closet from cluttered to orderly, check out this KonMari folding hack. Once you get the hang of it, you’ll never look back.
Transform your closet from chaos to calm
I’ve been organizing my t-shirts long before I learned about the KonMari folding method. But it just so happens that this is where my KonMarie-ing began and it sparks so much joy! There’s something insanely satisfying about diving into an ordered closet where everything is neat, tidy, and easy to find.
What started as an effort to keep as many t-shirts as possible in one drawer, ended in two garbage bags full of discarded t-shirts and this masterpiece. Ta-da! Organized by color and looking beautiful…
I have to tell you, nothing feels better than opening this drawer and seeing these beauties. There is no digging, and all quick decision making.
I used to fold my t-shirts the “normal way” and lay them all on top of each other in one big pile which basically made it impossible to get a shirt in the middle or anywhere else besides the top of the pile. And I won’t even mention attempting to try to find a certain t-shirt. As a result, a lot of favorite tees were forgotten and I’d end up wearing the same ones again and again.
Using the KonMari folding hack, I now folding all my tees like you see in the picture. It means I can now fit all of them in one drawer and find exactly what I’m looking for in seconds, without messing up the others in the process.
How to tidy tees using the KonMari folding hack
Now you might be asking how do you fold your t-shirts that way?
It’s easier than it looks because I use the Miracle Folder . It’s a tool that makes KonMari folding a breeze and of course I’ll give you a step-by-step guide of how to do it below. As you can see in the picture, by using the Miracle Folder, I get a perfect uniform fold every time. I’ve also seen people create their own DIY folders from materials at home, so if you don’t want to spend (which I totally get) you can learn how to make your own with this quick video – then you can get busy KonMari folding.
Ok – now let’s assume you have a Miracle Folder or a DIY version. Onto the KonMari folding directions!
KonMari Folding Hack – a step-by-step guide
Step 1: Lay your t-shirt face down onto the folder. (I lay it face down so that you can easily see the front of the shirt when in the drawer)
Step 2: Fold the bottom of the shirt up so it’s even with the bottom of the folder.
Step 3: Pull the left side of the folder to the middle and return the folder back to its original position.
Step 4/5: Pull the right side of the folder to the middle and return the folder back to its original position. Then fold the excess sleeve under so it’s no longer hanging off the main rectangle of the shirt.
Step 6: Fold the folder up.
Step 7: Fold the t-shirt in half again and ta-da! Now you now have a uniformly folded t-shirt ready to be popped neatly into your drawer.
Will KonMari folding change your life?
They say a cluttered environment equals a cluttered mind. Thanks to this KonMari folding hack you can restore a bit of order, save yourself time, and enjoy the feeling that comes with a closet so tidy, other will be swooning over it!
Want more KonMari methods in your life? If co, check out these related posts:
- KonMari Method in the bullet journal.
- How to Declutter Toys with the Konmari Method.
- KonMari Packing and Travel Hacks.
This blog post was originally published in February 2016 and has since been updated and republished.
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