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Want to declutter? Busy and/or stressed parent? Watch this!!!!!

  1. Foodnerd81

    wonderful cherry / 21504 posts

    @gotkimchi: I’m starting with my own clothes. I also need to go through the kids stuff and pull out what doesn’t fit so I can fit their favorites in the drawer but yeah, I’m not terribly fussed about how it’s folding. My 5 yo is very picky about clothes but she will rifle through her own drawers to choose an outfit so I won’t spend a lot of time folding in there. Plus she has a grown up size dresser with 5 year old size clothes so there is plenty of room in her drawers for now.

  2. Anagram

    eggplant / 11692 posts

    @gotkimchi: A long time ago, when her first book came out, I posted a similar question on an old thread here. I folded all my kids stuff this way, but I noticed that halfway through the week, when stuff was removed from the folded space as they wore it, then the other shirts/pants/whatever would fall over or expand into the space and generally just get messy. So every week by Wednesday, the drawers would be out of place because the stacks would have fallen over. And then repeat that weekend with doing laundry and putting it back in standing up. It didn't work for us.

    I do prefer to "see" all our clothes, so I hang all their clothes and only fold undies, socks, tights, pajamas, and sports wear/dance clothes. And I gave up trying to see all their pajamas and socks and just fold them the regular way, so now they stay in tidy stacks.

  3. gotkimchi

    nectarine / 2400 posts

    @Anagram: yah that makes perfect sense

  4. PurplePumps

    pomegranate / 3806 posts

    @Anagram: That's what I always wondered about trying to do it that way! It's great and all if the draw is full, but as you take it out, it didnt seem like it would work. Maybe there's some spring loaded drawer backing that would take up the empty space and keep it nice and neat....

  5. erinbaderin

    pomelo / 5496 posts

    We watched the first episode of this last night and oh man, I have gotten rid of so much stuff in the last 20 hours! I could barely sit through the episode because I was itching to go through my kitchen drawers. I’m not really doing the whole system, but I am being a lot more ruthless than I had been about using and enjoying the things we have and not thinking that we haven’t used it enough to justify getting rid of, or we might need it in the future, or whatever. I took about 35 things off the top of my fridge and the cupboard over it and only put 8 back.

  6. 808love

    pomelo / 5866 posts

    So I've been very busy and discarding a ton (again). Happy to hear many of you gave it a shot!!!! Eventually you can get your kids to watch and they will help you too. DD is turning 8 soon and she folded all of her drawers. I told her not to do the underwear but she insists on doing a complete Kon Mari....I'm more of a hybrid. Having fun...on my desk now. The papers are the worst for me...I keep forgetting to keep remembering spark joy bc they are too dang useful. Still....it's huge for our whole family. Oh and DH and DD read her manga (comic) book...not appropriate for kids necessarily but good visuals and a lighter read than the books.

  7. catgirl

    pear / 1932 posts

    @gotkimchi: @Foodnerd81: So ideally when you fold things they should be able to stand on their own. They shouldn't need to have the other things next to them to keep them in place. It took me a little while to find the sweet spot for all of my things, but now things generally stay upright even as the drawer empties. Though I can never make all of my socks stay vertical...

    This link has a couple of trouble shooting tips for shirts.
    https://makespace.com/blog/posts/marie-kondo-how-to-fold-a-shirt-konmari/

  8. Foodnerd81

    wonderful cherry / 21504 posts

    @catgirl: hmm. It most of my shirts are pretty thin and soft. I guess if I really fiddled with it it might work, but what I have now is still way better than before.

  9. Iced Tea

    persimmon / 1310 posts

    Same here with the folding. I like seeing everything, but her way doesn't often work for us. I've developed other ways that allow me to see everything.

    Kid's pants are the easiest. I fold them in half lengthwise and splay them straight across the bottom of the drawer (sort of like splaying a stack of magazines across a table), so you can see all of them.

    For my tees, I fold them all in half widthwise and stack them in a slightly stepped fashion on top of a shelf in my closet, so I can see them all. This also saves me SO much time folding.

    I buy identical socks in multiples so that I feel no need to match and fold socks. They are all just thrown into baskets. For the kids, I buy a different color for each size so their socks are easily distinguished. Example: 18-24 months white, 2t-3t gray, 4t-5t stripes.

    For me, it was a lot easier to fold most baby clothes in half and then put them upright, visible into little boxes.

    I will try to take some pictures to share tomorrow.

  10. gotkimchi

    nectarine / 2400 posts

    @Iced Tea: would love to see pics!

  11. 808love

    pomelo / 5866 posts

    @Iced Tea: Did you ever share pics on your socks of the newer thread? I think I missed it.

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