Among all the stuff in the house I have special relations with clothing:-) I really like clothing and like dealing with it! I like to dress up and have 3 different wardrobes for different purposes: for the office, for weekend and housewear. No wonder it takes space and challenges my creativity how to keep all that stuff.
This way of clothing folding I learnt from the book “Spark Joy” (by Marie Kondo). For me this method was very useful and helped to save more space inside drawers, so I want to share it here. This is particularly good for the clothing which doesn’t get wrinkled and doesn’t need ironing. If it does, I find it's still more convenient to store it on hangers.
Idea of this folding method is to fold clothing into small rectangle which can be stored in upright position. It will help to save the space and allow more convenient arrangement in the drawer. I will show how I folded a short-sleeve top and long sleeve blouse. T-shirts, dresses, skirts and pants can be folded exactly the same way, into rectangles.
Folding a Short-Sleeve Top
First I place a top to some surface and smooth it with the palm.
Next, folding edges of the garment towards the centre, this is to achieve rectangle shape. Folding the right side first...
...and do the same for the left side. Now it pretty looks like rectangle.
Then I fold this rectangle lengthwise, it looks like a long narrow piece now.
Fold this piece into half but leave a little gap at the edge (not fully reaching the edge).
Folding it again into half or in thirds.
After folding is done, I make a “stand upright” test. If I intent to keep clothing in upright position, it has to be able to stand without support. If folded garment is able to stand, it will stand in the drawer too without falling and creating mess.
Folding Long-Sleeve Blouse
The same way I fold long-sleeve garment. I will picture it to show how I dealt with long sleeves.
We start with the same step, smoothing blouse on flat surface.
First folding the edge from the right to the left (it's just how I did with my folding, it can start with another side too if convenient).
Long sleeve goes beyond the garment edge, so I just fold it back to the right.
Long sleeve is still beyond garment edge so I fold it one more time downwards.
Now do the same to the left side. Fold it towards the right.
Fold the sleeve back to the left.
Fold the pertruding portion of sleeve one more time, to the right. Now blouse is folded into a rectangle.
Here I folded the rectangle lengthwise.
Folding again into half.
And folding into thirds.
Now upright standing test. That’s it, folded tops are able to stand!
Can all the clothing be folded in this way?
Here need to add that KonMari folding is suitable not for all types of clothing. If it’s made of a very thin delicate material, it will not keep the shape and will not be able to stand upright. I think it’s better to keep this type of garment on hangers.
If clothing is made of a thick material, it will be very bulky when folded and also will not be able to stand upright. It will be more convenient to keep that clothing flat.
When folding is done:
I folded a few more garments and now put them into the drawer to see the effect. I’m really glad that this method of folding allows to see what’s inside the drawer from the first glance. I just find it’s more convenient than when I stored clothing flat and also it looks tidier.