KonMari Drawer

KonMari-ing To The Next Level

Once we accomplished KonMari on our family socks, I felt like I could truly embrace the process, including the folding method (which I was very skeptical about but after reading and watching the youtube videos, I decided if I was going to believe that I would never have to tidying again, I would have to go all in.)

The book suggests tackling our clothing in categories so we tackled our tops next. We gathered every top from coats to shirts to tank tops for five people. I didn’t include pajama tops because my pajamas are my Achilles’ heel of two giant deep drawers of comfortable beauty.

KonMari Shirts
The shirts are falling! It’s KonMari season! Jump on in!

We sorted and joyed and struggled and kept going. While it really does help to drag them all to one spot because the sheer amount of clothing we have makes letting go so much easier. I did have one coat that I couldn’t decide whether it brought me joy or not. And Scott could never get to the “joy” idea — it was more “Do I hate this or feel neutral?” — but some of us are sentimental so the jacket I wore the first time E went to camp MEANS SOMETHING.

But even with all my turmoil, we ended up overflowing a giant box of shirts.

Post KonMari shirts
The giveaway pile was up to my waist!

I moved on to folding. The idea in the book is that we want our clothing to be happy and feel loved so they last longer. Do I think my clothing has feelings? No. Do I think folding them nice in drawers rather than shoving them in makes them last longer? Yes.

KonMari Drawer
TADA! And you can see how I usually keep my pants peeking out below.

I ended up going from three drawers of tank tops, short-sleeved and long-sleeved shirts to one drawer (pictured above) plus a half drawer of long-sleeved shirts and maybe 10 shirts hung up (the book is anti-hanging clothes unless absolutely necessary because it takes up more space but since my version of ironing is this:

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so I hung a few more than I probably should have but much less than I had been.)

What I like about KonMari is that the book sees this as a six month process so I don’t have to devote every second to it but I still feel like I’m reaping the rewards as I go. We’re almost done with clothing but shoes loom in the horizon as well as the kids toys. I’m looking forward to the end result in our closet and playroom but not to the process. I heart my shoes like my kids heart their toys even the ones that are eight years old.

Alex Iwashyna

Alex Iwashyna went from a B.A. in philosophy to an M.D. to a SAHM, poet and writer by 30. She spends most of her writing time on LateEnough.com, a humor blog (except when it's serious) about her husband fighting zombies, awkward attempts at friendship, and dancing like everyone is watching. She also has a soft spot for culture, politics, and rude Southern people who offend her Yankee sensibilities. She parents 2 elementary-aged children, 1 foster baby, 3 cats, and 1 puppy, who are all Southern but not rude. Yet.

13 thoughts to “KonMari-ing To The Next Level”

  1. We finished Step 2 – Christian’ clothes – today. Such a relief, because part of my roadblock was allowing myself to tell him he needed to do it. He was on board and all, but it’s the motivation to do it that he was lacking in. And you’re right. It was less about joy for him and more about “what will I really wear?” We had a small battle over pants that were still in good condition, but once I reminded him that they were buried so deep in his closet that they were practically growing mushrooms, he relented.

    I’ve been doing the KonMari folding for my kids’ pants and shorts for years (not knowing it was her method), but I can’t bring myself to do it for shirts. My dresser drawers are insanely deep, so it wouldn’t even work right.

    1. You’re a KonMari natural! BTW some of my drawers are pretty deep and I was surprised when it worked. You just have to stack quickly so everything doesn’t fall over because it is definitely harder to find that “stand by itself” sweet spot.

  2. You are my KonMari guide and reason I keep telling myself I don’t need to buy the book. I did all of my clothes over the weekend and it feels amazing but I haven’t convinced my husband yet.

  3. About half way through the the book. Reading it messes with my anxiety because it seems so overwhelming. I hope I can do it but don’t want to start until I finish the book.

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