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How To Fold Clothes to Save Space (Organizing Tip Using KonMari Folding Method)

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Who wants to de-clutter and organize their home? One way to create more organization is to learn how to fold clothes in a way that can maximize drawer space! Today’s tip focuses on an easy way of organizing and folding clothes called the KonMari Folding Method. This folding tip originates from the #1 bestselling book called The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up: The Japanese Art of Decluttering and Organizing.


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I recently de-cluttered my son’s messy drawers using this method and the difference is amazing! Not only does each drawer have more space, but you can visually see all clothing options at one time since every item is facing upright.

Konmari Style Folding Technique Hip2Save.comTo fold a t-shirt using this method, flatten and fold both sides inwards and then fold down from the collar. Place upright inside the drawer like a file folder. For more visuals on how to use this method to fold underwear, socks, sweaters and jeans, check out this post.

Have you tried this method? Does it work for you?

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  1. Lina (Hip's Modern Martha)

    My son is ten and his drawers still look like this. I showed him how not to mess it up by just removing an item carefully and so far so good. When I piled the clothes in drawers it was messed up within a week. Lol

  2. Tera B

    Thanks for the inspiration, Lina!

    I started by folding my youngest’s pants. He’s got 3 drawers in a dresser (small drawers) devoted to pants, and I was able to combine two of the drawers into one. Yay!

    Like others, I noticed that the pants slump over after he’s removed a few pairs. I wondered if I was doing it wrong, but now I wonder if another part of the KonMarie method includes doing laundry often enough (and actually putting it away, ha!) that the drawer is always full. I really like how much space it frees up, but it goes from neat to messy really quickly. I think I might try rolling. They’ll take up a little more room that way, but will probably still take up less than stacking.

    Again, thank you for the inspiration to try something new, Lina. His pants have been a source of frustration for me, but I thought my only solution would be to either get a bigger dresser or get rid of some of his pants.

    • Lina (Hip's Modern Martha)

      Oh great Tera! Thanks for reading and trying! 🙂

  3. leeC

    Been folding like this for over a month. Love it. Made dividers with foam board from dollar store, made them long enough so it was a little tight n stayed up in its own. Big help. Just finished reading the book not long ago. 🙂

  4. Beth nye

    I haven’t tried this yet but 1 thought came to mind after reading everyone’s comments, Can’t you buy a sm book end or door stop to push against the back of each pile inside a drawer

  5. A.S.

    Why is it important to fold the collar in vs out?

  6. S plante

    I do this for my boys. One with ADHD/ASP and it works great!! My only complaint is the tech shirts dont stand like all cotton shirts do so i need to find a solution for those.

  7. trippy79

    I’ve read that book and it has changed my life for the better. But it’s so much more than just learning to neatly fold your clothing in a more organized fashion. It’s about decluttering your home, as in actually getting rid of things that no longer bring you joy. I went from using two walk-in closets, an armoire, a wardrobe and an eight drawer dresser to just the wardrobe and dresser after spending one day going through all of my clothing. I literally threw out 85% of my clothes and I still have extra unused space in my wardrobe and dresser because of the folding method that Marie Kondo taught. I even used the method to declutter my kitchen of the collection of various pots, pans, utensils, cooking gadgets, etc. The methods it teaches for organization can be used virtually anywhere and I absolutely love the part of thanking your items for their service before tossing them as makes that whole “but what if I might need it again one day” feeling not so difficult to deal with. I highly suggest anyone who is interested in actually decluttering your home to read that book.

  8. chaeysa

    I didn’t know this was a thing. I do this for my 4-year-old with Ikea drawer dividers to keep them from falling over. She can always find her favorite shirts without tearing up the drawer.

  9. CJ

    I’ve been doing this for years – had no idea there was actually a name for it.! LOL We have older antique dressers and I’ve always had to be “creative” to get things to fit.

    • San

      Me too!! I’ve been doing it for years and its so much easier for the kids choose what to wear.

  10. Thia

    Instead of using cardboard boxes (as recommended) I use plastic to avoid bugs. Mom’s should teach their kids this method early on to help maintain drawers. Been doing this for years and my son has ADHD. Good stuff!

  11. dropofrain

    I’ve been folding shirts and pants using this method for several years now. I am still not able to keep my 12 yr old grandson to do the same. Sigh

  12. heatherivester

    This has completely changed my sock and underwear drawer. It’s AMAZING!!

    • Lina D (Hip2Save Sidekick)

      That’s so great to hear! Yay!

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