The Tidiest Dresser

July 25, 2015

kondoDisclaimer: when I say “Tidiest Dresser,” I mean the tidiest dresser I have ever had. I’m definitely not about to claim I have the tidiest dresser in existence…although it’s pretty dang neat *right now* (hopefully it lasts), and it makes me pretty dang happy every time I open one of the drawers!

However, this was not always the case. In fact, just a couple days ago I got so frustrated with how overstuffed my drawers felt (i.e. I couldn’t close them), I emptied all my clothes onto the bed and started completely over.

This process took a bit longer than anticipated, but hey, that’s why I have Gilmore Girls on Netflix, right?

Anyway, to fully explain this dresser beautification project, you have to go back in time: remember this book I talked about in this post?


The one that was a little too weird for my personal reading taste? Well, weird it might be, but Marie Kondo does have some pretty fantastic methods…if you can get past the fact that she treats her belongings like human beings, that is.

My favorite method I’ve come across so far is definitely her folding technique.

In a nutshell, Kondo explains the typical way in which we fold clothes in our dressers — in stacks, like in a store display — just doesn’t make sense for two reasons: 

  1. Stores have quick turnover of merchandise; the storage is very short-term, whereas dresser storage is long-term. Stacking clothes causes the stuff on the bottom to get wrinkly, which is no bueno.
  2. Stores stack a bunch of tops (or pants, or whatever) that are all the same, just different sizes — everything under the item on top looks exactly like that first shirt. On the other hand, every item in our dressers is different…but when we stack them like store displays, we can’t see what we have. This is pretty inefficient when we’re selecting outfits each day!

Instead, she suggests folding clothing into compact rectangles (compact enough to stand on their own) no taller than the depth of your drawer, then stacking clothing horizontally so you can see every item you own quickly and easily. She also claims her folding technique decreases wrinkling substantially, which I can actually attest to already.

Well, duh. Why didn’t I think of this on my own?!

Getting pants and shorts into rectangles proved quite simple, but shirts…well, they’re a different beast. The book doesn’t have any pictures, so it took a bit of trial and error for me to recreate the folds just by following the instructional paragraph. 

To make the process easier for you, I created my own visual tutorial with my favorite pajama shirt!

1. Lay garment on a flat surface and smooth away all wrinkles.


2. Fold in sleeves and edges towards the center to create one long rectangle, again smoothing away wrinkles.

DSC014753. Now fold your garment into thirds. Start by folding the top half down towards the center (and smooth away).

DSC014764. You got this…fold the bottom half up to make a neat little square.

DSC014775. Almost there! Go ahead and fold one more time, top to bottom, to form your compact rectangle.

DSC01478Voila! That’s all there is to it. Now just repeat with every item in your dresser, neatly stack them into your drawers, and admire the resulting beauty:

DSC01485DSC01488DSC01491DSC01494Ahhhh, so much better. 

As a bonus, Kondo also claims we will believe folding laundry is FUN if we use her methods!

…aaaaand the verdict is still out for me on that claim.

Happy folding!


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  • Grandma

    Carolyn, did you find you can store about the same amount of clothing as stacking?

    July 31, 2015 at 8:50 am Reply
    • Carolyn

      I can actually store a lot more clothing! My drawers have TONS more space!

      October 1, 2015 at 3:16 pm Reply

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