Marie Kondo does not need to be introduced, almost everyone has heard of the famous Japanese woman and her clean-up method. The charming tidy expert has taught millions of people the Japanese art of tidying up and organizing! Try the “Konmari Method”, which works wonders in even the most hopeless cases.
The essence of the Konmari Method is that every item (not necessarily clothing, in general anything) in your home should bring you real and sincere pleasure. If the item does not evoke positive emotions and has no functional need (say a set of screwdrivers may not make you happy, but it is used almost every time something needs to be fixed in the house) then such a “joyless” thing has no place in your home.
You need to check things out for such an emotional reaction (joy check) in a certain order to save time and nerves. Clothing is first on the list, then books, documents, various other things, and finally those that you are emotionally attached to (e.g. memorabilia, photos, etc.).
It is not for nothing that Marie Kondo thinks that one should start tidying up the closet first. So roll up your sleeves and take the first step towards perfect order!
Step 1. Empty all closets and dressers!
With the KonMari method, you have to muck out and re-sort all of the clothes you own at once. Absolutely everything – from underwear to down jackets. Check every wardrobe, dresser, shelf and corner of the apartment and try not to forget anything. Gather every single item of clothing from around the house in one place. This process is very personal and it is better to do it alone. Marie also advises starting sorting as early as possible to get this job done in a day.
Step 2. Get rid of all unnecessary things!
According to this method, it is now necessary to “test” every item of clothing for positive emotions. You have to pick up each part and consider whether it brings you joy or not. This is how we determine what remains and what should go. Don’t focus on what you need to part with, but focus on what you want to keep. Then only things remain in your wardrobe that create a kind of joy.
Of course, choosing some clothes can be difficult. A classic trench coat might not be a real joy to associate with rain. In this case, Marie recommends asking yourself: would I ever wear this again? If so, he stays. If you doubt even for a second, definitely throw that part away.
Marie Kondo writes that on this test, people usually get rid of a quarter or even a third of their wardrobe. Put all unnecessary items of clothing into bags (baskets, boxes) to give them away, to recycle or to throw away.
Step 3. Fold clothes correctly and stow them upright
Once you’ve sorted the clothes into two piles, you’ll need to fold and sort everything you want to keep. Each item of clothing must be folded into a small rectangle or rolled into a sushi roll. The aim is not to store the folded clothing in horizontal stacks, but rather in an upright position. Marie Kondo believes that hanging on hangers is only necessary for things that cannot otherwise be folded into a package – for example jackets, dresses, coats, skirts, parts made of delicate fabrics.
There are two advantages to such a system: first, you can easily find what you need because it is visible, and second, when you take one thing out, the rest of the things stay in their original position. You may wonder if the clothes stored in this way form wrinkles. Not really. When folded vertically, fabrics crease much less than usual.
With the help of the following drawings you can learn different folding techniques, how to fold T-shirts, pullovers, trousers and the like with the KonMari method. The goal is very simple: the folded rectangle, which appears like a small package, must be able to stand upright. Put it on the table – if it doesn’t tip over, the test passed. This way the package won’t fall apart when it is kept in a box or in a chest of drawers. If it falls apart we go back to the starting point and try again.
Also the underwear a lot of attention is paid. Panties and bras should be stored separately. In her practice, Konmari has had to see socks rolled into a ball or tights tied in a knot on more than one occasion, and each time it makes her sad.
It sounds a bit funny, of course, but this approach perfectly illustrates Japanese philosophy about the world. The clothes you wear, and even small items like socks, must be treated with respect so that the emotions they convey to you are appreciated.
“By folding your clothes correctly, you express your love, care and gratitude for her,” writes Marie, and it is difficult to argue about it.
Now you can organize your clothes in drawers or boxes clearly and within easy reach. You can both buy some useful tidiness aids and improvise with household items such as plastic dividers, shoe or paper boxes, plastic baskets, etc. The essence of tidying up the closet is to cherish the things you own and try to find yours Making relationship with them special. Deciding where to keep something means giving it a home.
It is also important to note that the height of a rectangle or a roll should not exceed the height of the wall of the drawer or box that is intended for the clothing.
Step 4. Hang clothes correctly
Clothes made from thick materials such as jackets, suits, and coats should be kept on a hanger, as should items that are difficult to fold into a package, such as men’s shirts or chiffon blouses.
The main rule is: to hang clothes of the same category side by side – coats with coats, suits with suits, blazers with jackets, etc..
Marie Kondo also offers an unusual trick: arrange the clothes in the wardrobe so that you can see the line that forms their ends as ascending from left to right perceive. Marie writes that garments sorted in this way fill your home with positive energy and exude an extraordinary feeling of lightness and comfort.
Therefore, longer pieces made of heavier fabrics or in dark colors should be hung on the left side. As you turn your gaze to the right, clothes should get shorter, fabrics thinner, and colors lighter.
As Marie herself writes, many doubt that paying attention to these little things can change anything, but she suggests at least trying to be convinced of the magic of her method.
For Ties, belts, scarves customize a special hanger or put them in a drawer in rolls.
One way to store your ties is to hang them up. You can use a special tie hanger, a regular coat hanger or a holder on the inside of your closet door. Another option is to roll them up and place them side up in a drawer.
Tuck them away Handbags using the bag-in-bag method. Marie Kondo recommends storing handbags one inside the other after dividing them according to purpose and material. Cloth bags can also be folded into a rectangle and stowed upright in a box.
A wardrobe that creates joy!
Last but not least, a few tips from Marie Kondo for storing clothes in the closet and dresser:
– When putting the clothes back in the closet, it is better to start with the items that will be hung on hangers. If they don’t fit in, some of them can be folded.
– The top shelf is perfect for storing seasonal and rarely used items such as Christmas decorations, bags, hats and items of sentimental value.
– If more than one person uses the cabinet, you must assign them an individual space.
– Transparent storage boxes are also very practical for use on shelves.
– Put the lightest items in the upper drawer of the dresser or wardrobe and the heaviest in the lower drawer. So the tops are stored in the upper drawers, the pants and skirts in the lower drawers. Likewise, light materials like cotton should be stored in the upper drawers and thick, dense materials like wool should be stored in the lower drawers. If you apply this principle, you will have an “ascending” row of drawers, which together with the principle of hanging clothes from left to right “ascending” creates an ideal storage system that exudes joy.
– Sort clothes by color so you can see what’s where at a glance, while keeping track of your wardrobe color trends. Dark parts should be placed in the back of the drawer and light parts in the front.
– The main rule is 90% fullness. The drawers and boxes should look full, but not be full.
When tidying up your closet, keep the Japanese bento lunch boxes in mind. The lunch box is a traditional part of Japanese culture and no other culture in the world takes this food as seriously as the Japanese. The look of the bento is very important and the colorful products are exquisitely arranged in small compartments. Every year people invent countless recipes for bento dinner, and Japan has a national bento competition. Bento embodies the unique Japanese aesthetic of storage space. Key concepts are color separation, presentation beauty and compactness. Folding clothes in a box or drawer follows the same principles as packing a bento box.