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File Folding: The Konmari Method

Updated: Apr 21

Marie Kondo is a Japanese organizing consultant who introduced a folding technique known as the KonMari method, which emphasizes neatness, visibility, and accessibility in organizing clothes. The technique involves folding clothes into compact rectangles and arranging them vertically in drawers or storage spaces.


Pair of hands file folding shirts

It is also commonly known as file folding.

Here's a general outline of the KonMari folding method:


  1. Start with a flat surface: Lay the garment flat on a clean surface, such as a table or bed.

  2. Fold in half: Fold one side of the garment toward the center, then fold the other side to overlap, creating a long rectangular shape.

  3. Fold lengthwise: Take the bottom of the garment and fold it upward, about one-third of the way.

  4. Repeat folding: Fold the garment lengthwise again, continuing until you have a compact rectangular shape.

  5. Store vertically: Place the folded garment vertically in a drawer or storage space, so the folded edge is visible. This allows you to easily see and access each item without disturbing the others.



By using the KonMari folding method, you can maximize space, prevent clothes from getting wrinkled, and easily find the item you're looking for without disrupting the rest of the clothes. It's a popular technique for organizing clothes and has gained recognition for its effectiveness in creating a tidy and organized environment.

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