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Once you've done the closet edit and decided
what you want to keep, you need to organize.
The KonMari Method suggests having all
clothing in one closet, at all times, instead
of seasonal wardrobes that get packed
away. You see what you have and don't buy
things you don't really need. If space is at a
premium, store only very designated seasonal
items, such as bathing suits or heavy scarves.
To repopulate your closet, start with items
that must be hung and group them together,
like dresses, shirts and pants. Kondo suggests
that you should hang your heaviest items
(longest, dark in color, or thick fabrics) at
the left side of your closet, and the lighter
pieces at the right. Kondo claims this is great
for the eyes and mind; but simply having
things more organized will probably do this
for you, regardless of where they are hung.
Hostetler likes the mental lift of a
closet that is pleasing to look at, as well
as functional. Bins help you do this, she
says, by containing items that like to get
disorganized and messy, like belts or scarves
that tend to unfold.
When you've hung your clothing and
wrangled your belts, turn to what will be
put back in drawers. The hallmark of the
KonMari way is a particular method of
folding. Have you ever rooted through your
t-shirt drawer, looking for that concert
t-shirt, messing everything else up in the
process? In KonMari folding, you can see
everything when you open the drawer.
To fold a t-shirt, for example, you fold
in longways into thirds, and then fold it
up from the bottom, several times over.
Then organize each t-shirt side-by-side
in drawers, instead of stacking. All of her
folding techniques are best viewed rather
than dictated, and you can find her YouTube
channel especially helpful for getting a grasp
on how to fold. For many people who've
tried Kondo's ways, the drawer organization
is something they've stuck with, if nothing
else.
The next time you have a few hours and
can tackle a project, get to your closet and see
if you can make some Marie Kondo magic
happen. She insists that the joy you feel
afterwards will be well worth your time. I

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