A couple of weeks ago, I wrote about how much I was influenced by Marie Kondo and her book The Life Changing Magic of Tidying Up. It is a truly wonderful book and well deserving of the hype that surrounds it. When I first read it, I was inspired to remove my out-of-season clothes from my wardrobe, where they had been residing on hangers, and fold them instead. I had been using two wardrobes for all of my clothes and now just use one, for this season’s clothes, with the remainder folded in a chest of drawers. The sense of extra light and space that this brought is so calming and freeing.
However, I don’t think I gave this step as much reflection as it deserved, until a reader and fellow blogger, J. Mordars, commented on my blog that ‘Just the folding techniques alone are life changing’. This made me stop and think about something I had taken for granted. The folding tips in the KonMari method are so sensible and practical that they are very easy to put into place, although at first, it took me a while to figure them out. To be honest, that is more about me than the method and I won’t pretend that my results would stand up to Ms. Kondo’s scrutiny! But when I got there, it was so satisfying and liberating. True, it took me a good couple of hours and while I know this may be too much of an overhead for some, I found it almost therapeutic. Some dedicated work with a tangible result at the end can be almost a novelty on some days!
So the clothes that I reach for daily are hanging in my wardrobe. My out-of-season clothes are folded away, washed, clean and neatly stored, ready for a future season. I’ve also applied this to lounge-wear, workout wear, underwear, scarves ….. It’s like a lot of things, once you believe in the principle, you want to apply it wherever possible.
So, thanks to Ms. Kondo and her aptly-titled book and to J. Mordars, for helping me stop and reflect, about something so simple and helpful. Has the folding bug bitten you at all? Do you find value in it? Have a good week 🙂