Clothing | Folding

After discovering that around 2/3 of my wardrobe bought me no joy at all. It was now time to start folding and arranging my clothing back into my wardrobe.

“The first step is to visualise what the inside of your drawer will look like when you finish. The goal should be to organise the content so that you can see where every item is at a glance, just as you can see the spines of the books on your bookshelves. The key is to store things standing up rather than laid flat.”

The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying, Marie Kondo

As I had a relatively extensive bag collection, even after purging (It had gone down to three RAMMED boxes to just two). It made sense to continue to store my bags in boxes above my wardrobe. I kept a selection of my three most used ones, closer to hand, in the coat cupboard under the stairs.

You can probably remember my images before the discarding stage, if not, you can see them here.  A lot of my clothing had never actually made it into my wardrobe. I use to live in a continuous cycle of clothing that had been piled high on the spare rooms sofa bed. It was, pick from the pile, wear, clean, dump back on the pile, repeat. My wardrobe had previously been a dimension that was rarely touched. I wanted to enjoy my wardrobe. I wanted it to bring me joy. So, as Marie Kondo says, I visualised what I wanted my wardrobe to look like. Lots of colours, arranged and stacked the same way. Joy would be bought to me if the wardrobe was easy to navigate and I could pick an outfit out within seconds. I’d love to be able to see all my clothing of one section, just at a glance.

Marie Kondo suggests that we should fold garments that should be folded instead of hanging them to make do. She also gives a written description on HOW to fold correctly, ensuring readers that “going through life without knowing how to fold is a huge loss”. Well, no matter how many times I read the darn instructions, I could not work out how to fold garments properly. Here’s the video that I replayed about 500 times, showing you how to fold the KM way with Marie Kondo herself!

 

The more and more items that I folded the more I began to connect with my clothing. Sounds odd I know. Actually, it sounds bat shit crazy – but it’s true. I’m sure this “I think I’m going nuts” thought, is just the first in a long list of realisations that I will have through this journey – read the book, you’ll understand.

“It’s like a sudden revelation – so this is how you always wanted to be folded! – a special moment in which your mind and the piece of clothing connect”

The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying, Marie Kondo

I could feel my face lighting up as I found, “the sweet spot” on all my items of clothing. Then, it was a matter of stacking them left to right with camisoles in a separated compartment in the drawer. To fold all of the garments did take a long time but I kept telling myself that after this HUGE amount of folding if I folded clothing straight after it came out of the wash – It would not mount up. I do not want folding to ever become a chore! I love it!

I didn’t realise how mad that sounds until I wrote it. Well, I’m invested now.

Here is a photo of my lovely new, purged, folded and JOYFUL drawer!

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Update 22/04/18 – I have now decided that arranging my wardrobe from left to right in thickness and colour order brings me even more joy! I revisited the wardrobe as I was still not feeling 100% joyful. Here’s a more up to date photo:

Update 25/04/18 – After 5 loads of washing this week, I think I have this folding shit down to a T!

3 comments

  1. Interesting, this is surprisely relaxing. Great to read another point of view of “The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying”

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