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KonMari folding techniques: organise your clothes like Marie Kondo

This article provides a ten step guide that will help you implement Marie Kondo folding techniques into your day-to-day life.


a pile of folded clothes

Having your clothes neatly folded and orderly makes you appreciate them more, so learn how to make your clothes spark joy with some methods inspired by Marie Kondo! Folding clothes KonMari-style keeps them neat and accessible, and it’s a calming activity in itself. If you want to try some KonMari folding and get your drawers in perfect order, read our step-by-step guide and top tips on keeping your clothes in Kondo-worthy condition.

Donate any clothes you no longer need before starting this process to avoid unnecessary folding.


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The Marie Kondo folding technique: how to do it like a pro

So you’ve seen Marie Kondo folding clothes, but that’s not all there is to her technique. It’s important to go through the full process to properly Marie Kondo your life. Here’s how:

  1. Prepare beforehand by getting three bin liners or storage boxes to help you categorise your clothes. This Japanese folding clothes process is quite involved so be sure to set aside sufficient time to do it – potentially a whole day.
  2. Take all your clothes out of the cupboard and place them in a central area.
  3. Go through each item and decide whether to keep it or throw it away. If you’re not sure, put it in a ‘maybe’ pile to go back to later.
  4. If you’re not sure whether to keep an item, an important part of the KonMari folding method is seeing whether something ‘sparks joy’. Hold the item and think, ‘does this spark joy for me?’ If the answer is anything other than a resounding yes, out it goes.
  5. Once you’ve selected the clothes that you definitely want to keep, it’s time to learn the folding techniques. Make sure each item is properly laundered with a good quality detergent, dried, and, if necessary, ironed before you start.
  6. Lay the item out flat on a clean floor, smoothing it gently to get rid of creases.
  7. Fold in one third from the outside of one edge, then fold in one third from the other edge so that the edges meet in the middle.
  8. Working from the bottom up, fold the item up four times. You should end up with a folded rectangle that can be stood up in a triangle shape, with the folded edge at the top and the ends at the bottom.
  9. Place the item back into your draws, standing with the folded edge on top. If you want to take Japanese folding clothes techniques to the next level, order by colour – a rainbow colour progression is especially satisfying.
  10. Sit back and enjoy your perfectly ordered drawers.

Now you know the ultimate Japanese folding technique you’ll want to start Kondo-ing all your possessions. Just be sure to keep up the habit and you’ll always be able to enjoy bedroom drawers that Marie Kondo herself would be proud of.

Key steps

  1. Get out all the clothes you want to fold
  2. Donate any that aren’t worth keeping
  3. Use the specialist Japanese folding technique
  4. Place them back in the draw in colour order

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