I love love love to be organized. I actually get excited about it! Strange…maybe…but for now, let’s let my obsession be a benefit for those who are equally obsessed or even just slightly interested. Recently, I came across a clothes organization system/process that changed my life. Seriously, the way I have been storing clothes in my dresser for MY ENTIRE LIFE has been wrong!!! I love organization and being able to find things. I’m not always good at it, but when I find a hack that works, I’ve got to share it!!! Have you heard of Vertical Filing or of the KonMari Method?
KonMari Method of Filing Clothes
In recent years, Marie Kondo’s bestselling book “The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up: The Japanese Art of Decluttering and Organizing” has made vertical filing more well know. If you do a search on folding clothes vertically you’ll find a variety of articles and videos on the subject. From my review, all seem to be a subtle twist on the same thing. But the KonMari Method seems to be the most well know.
Vertical Folding Described
So, what is vertical folding? Think about a file cabinet that has manila folders. Instead of being placed one on top of the other, the folders are arranged from front to back. One can easily scan the tabs to see everything that’s in the cabinet. Well, it’s the same approach with clothes. If you’re like me and have always stacked your clothes from top to bottom, you may have encountered the same challenges I faced.
The Problem With Traditional Storage
Typically, I end up wearing (or having my kids wear) the same few t-shirts right on the top and I forget what’s on the bottom. When I go looking for one specific shirt, it totally disorganizes the drawer and I have one hot mess on my hands! To make matters worse, this sort of thing typically happens when I’m short on time so the mess stays and eventually I have to set aside a chunk of time to reorganize.
Vertical Clothes Organization Benefits
I sincerely fell in love with this approach and don’t ever see myself going back to my old ways! Not only was it an easy change to make, but also the benefits were huge!
- You can see everything in the drawer
- Nothing get’s lost in the shuffle
- It’s easy to find what you’re looking for
- It’s easy to maintain
- You can fit more in the drawer
- In the case of my kid’s clothes, most of their clothes are in drawers and it’s much easier to match pants with tops by being able to see everything at once
Not Much Time?
When I came across vertical folding, I decided to test it out in only one drawer to see if it really worked, and I was sold! As a busy mama, I rarely have time to tackle a huge project, so I took it one drawer at a time. Each drawer took me about 15 minutes. On some days, I only had time to tackle one drawer and other days I could tackle 2-3. This made it manageable for me and even better, I felt such a sense of accomplishment with each drawer that was conquered.
Bottom line, Vertical Filing of your clothes is a simple yet highly effective change. It helps you to view a broader selection of clothing at once, give you access to all of your folded items vs. just a few, and enables you to more easily match tops and bottoms. I’m curious, have you tried this method of clothes organization? Are you willing to give it a try? I hope it helps simplify things in your world…I know it has in my families!