Okay, I know this sounds a bit melodramatic. But actually, a change doesn’t have to be enormous, to be positive. And that’s what I’ve found, since i’ve started folding our clothes using the KonMari method.
I’ve actually been using this folding method for nearly two years now. But two things have happened in the past week, which have sparked me to write about it. Firstly, at a toddler class, someone mentioned the KonMari fold in passing (the children were pegging washing!) and was surprised when I said that I used it, and how amazing it was. Secondly, a friend borrowed the changing table in B’s room and when I directed her to the location of the nappy bags in B’s drawer, she declared that she was going to steal my organisational methods!
So, I’ve been thinking that perhaps this might be something worth sharing with you. It really has made a difference to my life. Before I started using this fold, our drawers were a mess and we lived out of washing baskets (yes, plural) and Mount Washing, which lived on the double bed in the spare bedroom. Of course, we no longer have a spare bedroom as said room is now B’s bedroom, so I’m not sure where Mount Washing would have migrated to…
I’m far from perfect – I rarely iron anything if I can avoid it. Life is definitely too short for ironing! But having messy piles of clothing all over the house was depressing, and I could never find anything when I needed it.
I taught myself the KonMari folding method by watching various videos on YouTube. ‘My way’ of doing it has kind of evolved for speed and because I’m not quite as perfect as Marie Kondo, but the idea is the same – everything is stored vertically so that you can clearly see what you have in your drawers, and can be neatly removed without messing up the remaining contents.
I combine the vertical fold with IKEA Skubb boxes, which come in a pack of six in varying sizes, for £6. I have Skubbs in every single drawer of our house. They are brilliant for keeping things tidy and compartmentalised. In the girls’ drawers, I use one for leggings, one for tops and so on; and others for nappies and nappy bags, etc.
I can fold a load of washing in around ten minutes (providing that B isn’t finding it hilarious to pull everything out of the boxes after I’ve folded it!) and I fold into extra Skubbs that I have for this purpose. I fold all of M’s clothing into one box, B’s into another, and so on. Then I take each box to the appropriate bedroom and put it all away.
It’s so lovely not having to navigate Mount Washing anymore!
Do you use the KonMari fold? Tell me your organisational secrets in the comments. And of course, if you have any questions, please ask away!
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