As I took photos of her room I had to “fix” some of her folding, so it’s clear we still need to work on it a while, but I think this is going to be a great way to organize clothes going forward! I can’t wait to dig into my husband’s drawers! 😉
We’re in “snowmageddon” here today and were blessed with a snow day (yay!), so I am finally getting a chance to sit down and write a blog post for the first time in several days! We’ve been enjoying snow ice cream, sledding and snow forts, and I got some DIY’s done, like making wood polish and body butter (will share Thursday)! The snow appears to have stopped for now but I heard we’re in for another system this evening, so odds are good that tomorrow will be another snow day! I have to get taxes done before Saturday but hoping to also get some tidying done around here.
Speaking of tidying…
I don’t get the opportunity to read a new book very often, so when I get into one and actually complete it, it’s a good sign that it’s a worthwhile book. For Christmas my sister-in-law gave me The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up by Marie Kondo. She wasn’t aware that it was on my Amazon wish list but thought I might enjoy it…good call, Brooke! For someone who loves organizing and is building a business organizing for a living, it’s been a game-changer!
Marie loved organizing and decorating from a young age, and has spent much of her life trying to find the key to tidying up once-and-for-all and avoiding the backslide that often comes with organizing. (My basement comes to mind.) While I feel like I’ve gotten closer to the ideas she writes about in her book, I have yet to pare down to just those items that bring me JOY, as Marie guides readers to do. Not what you’ve been using. Not what you plan to use. What brings you JOY. Sparks some thought, doesn’t it?
After going through the home by category (rather than room…another game-changer), then and only then does Marie advise putting things away. The first category she starts going through with clients is clothing. Apparently, in Japan, where Marie is from, closets are minimally used and most clothing is stored in drawers. And clothes aren’t folded and laid on top of each other as most of us are used to, but folded and stored vertically. I decided to try this with my clothes and was pretty amazed at the results!
The above drawer is where I keep my workout clothes. I swore I had a before but can’t find it…and I rarely remember to do that so maybe I didn’t. 😉 Imagine a mess of clothes, not folded, just tossed in. I always tried to keep my workout clothes folded, but struggled in this drawer more than the others to keep it that way. Keeping stiff sports bras one place and trying to find a certain tank or pair of capris in the stack of slippery clothes was always a challenge. In my haste I would dig, grab and toss, leaving what was a folded stack in a sloppy disaster. Vertical folding allows me to see each item, keeps them unwrinkled (shockingly!), and makes it easier to take out one without upsetting the whole system. (Note: The bras are on the right side of the drawer not pictured, divided by a drawer divider and just stacked on top of each other. Works great!)
Based on Marie’s advice, I also moved all of my clothes to my dresser (after going through to keep only the ones that bring me joy, of course), except for blouses, dresses, scarves and puffy vests. I have very little left in the closet, making the items that are there easier to see, and most days I’m able to select clothes just by standing at the dresser.
I decided to try the same in Faith’s room. While I was concerned (and still am a bit) about her ability to master the vertical fold, I thought it would be worth it if we could make it work. Since she goes to a private school and wears a uniform, participates in dance and gymnastics, and then has a “normal” wardrobe of clothes, she tends to have a LOT. And though she has two closets, neither is very functional. The main clothes closet is very narrow, causing all her clothes to squish, fall off hangers or get lost completely in the mess. The other closet which is situated above our basement stairway, is where she stores a lot of toys. The two rods are parallel in the closet, requiring her to step up and into it to really see what’s all there (when it’s full anyway). That also means more work putting things away…and she does it halfway. Clothes are often halfway on a hanger, hung incorrectly, and/or just tossed on a hook that is meant for bags and accessories. Splitting into two closets makes it tougher to remember what’s where, even when we’ve tried to categorize. So this seemed like it might be a great solution!
After going through and taking out clothes I knew Faith never wore (with instructions to her to do the same if she saw any that I missed that she didn’t love), I determined the best layout in her dresser. The top drawer is a junk/toy drawer and she had recently put Legos in half of another. I moved them up and made the other half underwear and socks. I removed the sock divider that was in there and instead vertically folded all her socks and panties. The next drawer holds her everyday clothes. On the left, school tees, sweatshirts and leggings. On the right, her nicer tops and sweaters. The drawer below that is dance and gymnastics attire, sweats and more casual t-shirts.
The final drawer on the bottom is for pajamas and I put swimsuits and a beach towel on the far left side. While it’s winter here, she does take swimming lessons throughout the year.
That left very little to be hung in the closet: School uniform polos, dresses, puffy vests. We got a new shoe organizer at Wal Mart which helped with the pile-up that she tended to have on the floor. Since we didn’t need as much hanging space, taking up a bit of the rod space with the shoe organizer was ok now.