While I doubt any of us are hoarding stuff in our underoos, I'd be willing to bet that we have actual, factual drawers in our homes that are full to overflowing. I know that I do. So, imagine the serendipity I felt last week when I stumbled across some info in the ol' blogosphere about a revolutionary way of organizing clothes. There's a book out there that I'm positive is mind-blowing. I haven't read it, but I've read about it, and even decided to apply some of its principles. The book is titled, The Life Changing Magic of Tidying Up.** Frankly, I'm a little scared to read it because of the very real possibility that I'll go on a tidying up bender and throw out everything that I own. I have the tip of one toe still in hoarding territory, but the rest of me is all set to call a company to haul everything away. A conundrum, but I digress.
Back to the book. The author is Marie Kondo, a Japanese organizing consultant taking the world by storm. While I understand that the book is packed with many gems o' bliss, the one that stood out to me is the KonMari method of folding clothes. Be sure to click on the links to read more (and to even watch videos!), but here's the gist: fold clothes in little "packages" that are uniformly sized. Then put clothes in the drawer vertically, not horizontally. She also suggests color coding, but I didn't go that far. The benefit is that you can see everything at a glance, and more stuff will fit in your drawer. The rub for me was that I was already folding the correct way (thanks Gap, for that lingering lifelong lesson. I did get something out of that summer job! Also, correct folding is not pictured in the Before pic below. What you see there is the crumple and shove method), but I wasn't doing the last step of folding in half or thirds and placing items in the drawer vertically. What a difference that step makes! See for yourself!
I'd love to hear more dirty details of the junk in your drawers - please comment below or over on Facebook! Also, note on the ** above: I've added a "store" to this site where I'll feature stuff that I think is good and useful, and maybe you'll think it's good and useful too. Full disclosure: if you buy stuff here instead of directly on Amazon, I will get a little tiny kickback. To offer my thanks, if you come visit, I'll let you see my drawers and maybe even give you some coffee afterwards. (Tee hee!) I also signed up for a service called Kit, where I'll compile kits with stuff relevant to certain themes and feature them on the site. Again, if you buy out of the Kit, you'll be directed to Amazon and I'll make a couple of shiny coins. My piggy bank overfloweth with gratitude. Here's a link to a KonMari kit - you can get the book, some sweet drawer dividers if you're feeling fancy, as well as some chalkboard labels just 'cause I like them. Happy feathering, friends!