Learn the KonMari Folding Method {Video}

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Marie Kondo’s KonMari Method for decluttering and organizing is hugely popular, and for good reason: it’s very effective! Learn the KonMari folding method to keep clothing neat and tidy. You’ll have those dresser drawers organized in no time!

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When I read Marie Kondo’s book, I knew my life was forever changed. Then I used the KonMari method to organize our sock drawers and bookshelves and was hooked.

I created this popular Ultimate KonMari Decluttering and Organizing checklist to help others benefit from this method too! This checklist guides you through the process of decluttering in small ways. This keeps you focused and making progress without feeling overwhelmed.

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I’m officially in love with how easy the KonMari Method makes it to get organized and stay that way! It covers everything from eliminating excess possessions in your home to how to fold clothes so you can save space and find what you need quickly. I’ve literally transformed how I fold laundry and organize my drawers.

According to the KonMari folding method, the secret is that any article of clothing can be folded into small, neat, folded rectangles. This shape allows the garments to stand upright which saves space. Plus, it helps them last longer and allows you to see everything in your drawer at a quick glance.

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To achieve this ideal shape (which works for shirts, pants, underwear, and even socks too!), you will fold by halves and thirds using the processes I outline below.

Video: How to do the KonMari Folding Method

First, check out this short video which will walk you through the best way to fold clothing using the KonMari Method!

How to Fold Pants the KonMari Way

If you’ve never tried this simple method before, prepare to revolutionize how you fold all types of pants. FYI, this exact same method works for leggings, shorts, and skirts!

  1. Lay pants flat in front of you.
  2. Fold the left leg over the right.
  3. Fold in the crotch.
  4. Fold over the bottom toward the waist, leaving an inch of space.
  5. Fold inward until the pants stand upright.
  6. Place all pants in the drawer upright, so you can see them all in one glance.
konmari folded pants

How to Fold Shirts the KonMari Way

Having piles of stacked shirts in your drawer or closet will make finding what you need hard. Since you can only see the shirt that’s on top, you have to dig through the pile every time you want a shirt. This usually leaves the pile disheveled. 

The same method for folding shirts also works with short sleeves, long sleeves, sweaters, sweatshirts, tunics, and dresses!

  1. Lay the shirt flat in front of you.
  2. Fold in the right side with the sleeve flat.
  3. Fold back the sleeve halfway.
  4. Do the same on the left side so you’re left with a rectangle.
  5. Fold in the neckline an inch or so away from the hem.
  6. Fold halfway.
  7. Fold in half again so it stands upright.
  8. Place all shirts in the drawer upright, so you can see them all in one glance.
konmari folded shirt

Depending on how you currently fold your clothes, you may find that this method seems foreign or challenging right at first. However, I promise that after you use the best way to fold clothing using the KonMari Method a couple of times, it’ll quickly become easier and will save you time when you fold laundry!

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After you’re done transforming your drawers and closets, don’t forget to grab my Ultimate KonMari Decluttering and Organizing checklist to help you declutter and organize the rest of your home – easily!

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  1. Hi Carrie
    I’ve been using something similar to this method for years but didn’t know there was a name for it. I love how they fit in the plastic containers to stay organized as well. Great idea! Thanks for the tips.
    Denise http://www.thesouthernpearlgirl.com

  2. hi there! any way to change what ads are shown when i try to watch your folding video? i wanted to go back and rewatch it before i do some folding (i’ve always wondered about jeans and this video shows how to deal with them pretty well) and its shown me three horror movie clips so far and i’m *really* not a fan of those kinds of movies. sorry to ask this on the page, but i wasn’t sure how else to do it.

    1. Oh my word, I’m SO sorry about that! I will talk to my ad provider, I agree– that’s definitely not the type of ad I want to serve on my site. Thanks for so kindly bringing it to my attention. I’ll upload the video to YouTube and send you the link!

  3. I know I should be hanging them but I really have no choice but to fold them, any tips on folding dresses?

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