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A Step-By-Step Guide To Japanese Tidying Guru’s Space-Saving Folding Method
By Yap Yen, 08 Jan 2016
Earlier this week, we wrote about how you can successfully organize your home in one shot.
Based on her best-selling book, The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up: The Japanese Art of Decluttering and Organizing, Goop draws from her decluttering method and looks at what makes Marie Kondo’s folding technique her best tidying tool.
Pick up an item and ask if it sparks joy.
Acoording to Kondo, the real goal of deciding what to discard is not to throw out as much as possible, but to hold onto what makes you happy. This is particularly effective for organizing closets since we often develop superficial attachments to clothing, without really considering if the shirt, dress or shoes serve a purpose.
Sort and purge items by category rather than by room.
Your instinct might be to start in the living room and move on to the kitchen, but it is best to pick a category—like clothes, books and documents—and go from there. Similar items are more likely to be scattered throughout the house and not just confined to a room.
The KonMari folding method has items standing upright, rather than lying flat.
Kondo’s method saves space, but also grants your clothes “the respect they deserve by touching, appreciating, and properly storing each item”. Rather than laying flat in a drawer, they stand upright, with more folds ensuring that they are less wrinkled when they are worn.
The GIFs below provide the steps to her folding method, head over here to read more.
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