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The Life-Changing Magic of Folding Clothes

June 27, 2018

“There is nothing more satisfying than finding that ‘sweet spot.'” <- To be honest, when I first read that I thought she was being a little extra. Until I tried it.

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I didn’t believe her when she said of her clients, “once they finish my course, all of them without exception, have told me, ‘Folding is fun!’”

Folding laundry is my most despised chore. I’m the client she described that put as many things as I can on hangers.

Well this is what Marie Kondo had to say to me, “I can understand why people might be attracted to hanging their clothes. It seems like far less work. However, I strongly recommend folding as the main storage method. But it’s a pain to fold clothes and put them away in a drawer. It’s much easier to pop them on a hanger and stick them in the closet. If that’s what you’re thinking, then you haven’t discovered the true impact of folding.” 

I tried out her folding method out of curiosity and doubt rather than belief.

By the time I had done this not only had I doubled my closet space, my clothes now stay forever neat! Since they are no longer stacked on top of each other, time spent folding no longer went to waste when I searched for a shirt that was somewhere under the stack, because they are all visually visible. It’s like my stacks of haphazardly folded shirts became a well-laid out buffet of clothing.

Marie Kondo the life-changing magic of tidying up folding method

“The key is to store things standing up rather than laid flat. To store clothes standing, they must be made compact, which means more folds. Some people believe that more folds means more wrinkles, but this is not the case. It is not the number of folds but rather the amount of pressure applied that causes wrinkling.”“The goal is to fold each piece of clothing into a simple, smooth rectangle.”

Here is a short (and soothing) video that goes over the folding method:

Every piece of clothing has it’s own ‘sweet spot’ where it feels just right. This isn’t difficult. By adjusting the height when folded so that it stands properly, you’ll reach the sweet spot surprisingly easy. “

“There is nothing more satisfying than finding that ‘sweet spot.'” <- To be honest, when I first read that I thought she was being a little extra. Until I tried it. 

“The piece of clothing keeps its shape when stood on edge and feels just right when held in your hand. It’s like a sudden revelation – So this is how you always wanted to be folded!”

Marie Kondo, you are a genius! 

Let me know below if you’ve tried this and let me know your thoughts! I want to know if it was as life-changing for you as it was for me! 

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a fashion designer-turned-career strategist, [mis]adventurer and your biggest believer.

I'm a girl who dropped out of college, was told I would fail in fashion, then went on to create my 6-figure design career before the age of 30.

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