Tidying and storage expert, Marie Kondo explains that folding clothes neatly and tidily and storing them on shelves is far more beneficial to the clothes – and the wearer – than hanging clothes.
“Hanging just can’t compete with folding for saving space. Altho it depends on the thickness of the clothes in question, you can fit from 20 to 40 pieces of folded clothing in the same amount of space required to hang ten.” But that is not the only effect of folding says Marie. “The real benefit is that you are handling each piece of clothing. As you run your hands over the cloth, you pour your energy into it. When we take our clothes in our hands and fold them neatly, we are , I believe, transmitting energy, which has a positive effect on our clothes. Folding properly pulls the cloth taut and erases wrinkles – and also makes the material stronger and more vibrant. The act of folding is far more than making clothes compact for storage. It is an act of caring, and expression of love and appreciation for the way that clothes support your lifestyle.”
“The first step is to visualise what the inside of your drawer will look like when you’re finished. The goal should be to organise the content so that you can see where every item is at a glance, just as you can see the spines of the books on your bookshelves.” Folding, she says, goes far more smoothly if you fold thin, soft material more tightly, reducing it to a small width and height, and thick, fluffy materials less.
Have you seen my Pinterest board about neatly folded clothes?