How to Fold and Organize Socks {KonMari Method}

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I'm SO doing this! How to organize and fold clothing, especially socks and underwear, using the KonMari Method. SO MUCH EASIER and neater than before!

How’s everyone doing on the Lifechanging Magic decluttering & tidying challenge? I’m happy to say I can finally check clothing off the list. Clothing was the easiest to let go of but seemed to take the most time to go through because there was SO MUCH of it between the four of us. But we did it! Now that everything has been decluttered, it’s time to organize our dresser drawers. Doing it right the first time will save you SO much time. We’re focusing on how to fold and organize socks today. Does your sock drawer resemble the photo above? Have no fear… KonMari to the rescue!

I'm SO doing this! How to organize and fold clothing, especially socks and underwear, using the KonMari Method. SO MUCH EASIER and neater than before!
One organizing tip we learned from the KonMari Method was how to fold and organize socks THE RIGHT WAY and it’s blowing our minds. Before, our drawers were somewhat functional but a little out of control. Here’s a re-enactment of my husband’s sock drawer:

I'm SO doing this! How to organize and fold clothing, especially socks and underwear, using the KonMari Method. SO MUCH EASIER and neater than before!

It didn’t really look like that all the time, but was getting close. The rollover method of folding socks left them stretched out and cumbersome. My husband did a thorough decluttering of socks and got rid of all the ‘quitters’ (where the elastic was gone), single socks, and outdated or worn ones. Then he did a little online sock ordering and founds some new, comfy pairs of socks he loves to replace the 10+ year old ones.  Behold the discards! (that pink one is mine, FYI.)

I'm SO doing this! How to organize and fold clothing, especially socks and underwear, using the KonMari Method. SO MUCH EASIER and neater than before!
Next, it was all about folding. The old method was to fold one sock over the other, but this ends up stretching them out and creates unnecessary tension in your sock drawer. Imagine when you close that drawer that the socks are getting all snippy with one another, complaining about being ‘stretched to the limit’ and ‘you never bring me flowers anymore’.

Now, try folding them this way.

I'm SO doing this! How to organize and fold clothing, especially socks and underwear, using the KonMari Method. SO MUCH EASIER and neater than before!

BOOM. Peace! Candlelit dinners! Surprise trips! Random love notes ‘just because!’

I'm SO doing this! How to organize and fold clothing, especially socks and underwear, using the KonMari Method. SO MUCH EASIER and neater than before!

(Play along with me here. I’m trying to make sock drawers exciting.)

You can go from this (the horror!):

I'm SO doing this! How to organize and fold clothing, especially socks and underwear, using the KonMari Method. SO MUCH EASIER and neater than before!

To this:

I'm SO doing this! How to organize and fold clothing, especially socks and underwear, using the KonMari Method. SO MUCH EASIER and neater than before!

I'm SO doing this! How to organize and fold clothing, especially socks and underwear, using the KonMari Method. SO MUCH EASIER and neater than before!

(cue the angels singing!) But truly, it is SO much easier to find everything in the morning and also to fold and store them. Even my husband is keeping it in order. True to the book, once you put these systems in place you don’t need to do it again… it takes almost zero time to keep them up. NO MORE decluttering. NO MORE organizing. Just… done!

I'm SO doing this! How to organize and fold clothing, especially socks and underwear, using the KonMari Method. SO MUCH EASIER and neater than before!

Socks, CHECK! Tomorrow, the rest of your drawers. Ahem. 😉

If you’re just getting started, here’s the rest of the KonMari series in order to get your tidying and organizing on track:

  1. How This Little Book will Change Your Life (Plus a KonMari Method Cheat Sheet)
  2. Free Printable KonMari Decluttering Checklist
  3. 10 Steps to Declutter Your Clothing Once and For All
  4. How to Fold & Organize Your Socks (you are here)

Next: How to Organize & Store Your Undergarments

I'm SO doing this! How to organize and fold clothing, especially socks and underwear, using the KonMari Method. SO MUCH EASIER and neater than before!

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6 Comments

  1. Were you in my house taking photos of my sock drawers????? This is awesome I have to take so much time matchng a pair up when I need to wear them will try this thanks!

  2. I get the sock thing, can you do the details like that for tshirts please, please please! I just cannot get that in my head!

    1. Yes! Hope to get that post up next week, thanks for asking… now I’m extra motivated to get it done. 🙂

  3. The drawers look great. My only question is how do you roll socks that are short or children’s socks? I can’t imagine that you can roll them and they will stay.

    1. The short ones I roll and put immediately in the dividers before they unroll, but with kid’s socks I gave up and fold them the regular way. 😉

  4. It looked like you were still balling up the white athletic socks. Were you? I don’t think I will be able to live without balled up socks.

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