the art of folding
Updated: Feb 12
Growing up, I wouldn't say I was taught how to fold. Yes, my mom showed me how to fold, but it wasn't exactly a lesson and I don't really remember any hard and fast rules. I was asked to follow one simple rule - fold it. That's it. So I did ... for years. And why would I have questioned those instructions? In the grand scheme of everything I had to learn in my youth, folding didn't seem to be a big priority. Boy was I wrong.
I didn't realize how wrong I was for years because folding usually doesn't come up as a topic of conversation. For me, it wasn't until I shared a home with my husband when the folding topic was revisited. As you'd expect, my husband had his way of folding and I had my way - neither of which were actually any good, nor effective. So, like most couples, we half-haphazardly created a folding system that morphed from the pieces we liked best about each others system.
As my passion for organizing grew and I had a home of my own, I studied (and tried) a lot of different methods for folding clothes - I folded them square, I rolled them up and I put things in tiny little boxes. It was during this time that I learned the most because it was through trial and error.
I learned that the simple act of folding is actually an art and does need to be taught. I learned that folding clothes to stand upright allowing you can see everything cuts time off how long it takes to get dressed. Basically, I learned that "fold it" really is insufficient as a guide for an act you will perform nearly every day of your life.
As you would guess, as a student of the KonMari method, it is my favorite method. The reason it's my favorite is because it has stood the test of time and I've personally seen the impact it's had on my life and the lives of my clients.
Since I believe is so crucial to organizing, I want to teach as many people as possible. Below you will find the official instructions Marie Kondo shares in her book The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up. I'm able to share these with you because I've been certified in the KonMari Method including how to fold clothes, but the illustrations below courtesy of KonMari Media, Inc.
Below are a couple of real-life examples from drawers I've designed. I love them both because they give a home to all of the items in the home and the end result is highly functional and beautiful.
My challenge to the skeptics is to give it a real try. Pull out all of your clothes out of your drawers and try a new way to fold. Like my clients, you will likely be very surprised with the results.