FOLDING A TEE SHIRT A DIFFERENT WAY CAN CHANGE YOUR LIFE? REALLY?

So have you seen the book?  Have you read the book?  Do you know about the book?  Do you own the book??

THE LIFE-CHANGING MAGIC OF TIDYING UP.

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The world seems to have been swallowed up by the soft voice and firm, sensibly manicured hand of Japanese cleaning consultant Marie Kondo.  The petite woman who gave herself a miniature nervous breakdown as a teen  because she became so obsessed yet never satisfied with tidying up, has created a cult following.

The cult of Kondo.

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Holy shit.  She’s RIGHT.  Marie would never, ever say that bad word by the way.  Maybe if I want to get organized I should stop saying bad words.  Maybe that would help me become more tidy.

I first heard about the book over a year ago when I ran into a Cult of Kondo friend at the local drugstore.  We were …

Wait!  Something big and messy is about to happen!

If you could just excuse me for a minute that’d be great because I’m pretty sure my head is going to explode.  I’ve had an inkling that this was going to happen for the past month or so and I have a feeling this is the moment.  I’m sure you’ve been there.  There’s just too much mashed and scribbled around in your brain so some of it is looking for a way out.  Much like a ticking time bomb, my head is just waiting for the exact right moment to go off in a spectacular display.   So if we could all just sit quietly for a minute or two until I know one way or the other that’d be great.  I’m pretty sure it’s gonna happen though.  Right now.  In the middle of writing a post.

 

 

Nope.  We’re good.  Head isn’t going to explode today I don’t think.

It’s only a matter of time though. I know this on account of the fact that there’s too much in my head and it’s all out of order and mish mashed around in there in such a scrambled mess I can’t really call any information up to my frontal lobe when I need it.  I think, What will I have for dinner, and instead of pizza or pesto, a little anxiety attack named Sam comes raging forward instead of a dinner idea, screaming at me to give up eating so I have time to tidy up the house instead.  I hate Sam.  Sam’s an asshead.

So back to this book. I found out about it over a year ago from a friend, as I said, but I didn’t buy it. I just sort of forgot about it. Here’s proof of when I was first told about it because I even took a “note” of the title.

 

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But today that changes.  Because TODAY I am buying The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up.  I’ve left it so late Marie already has another book out on tidying up.  I think it’s more of a companion book for the already tidy so I’m not sure I need this one.

SPARK JOY

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I’m going to read this book and do every SINGLE thing it says.  Mainly I want to get my house organized, decluttered and ready for the fall makeover.  I have so many things to move around and a few big storage pieces I may have to get rid of that I have to get my decluttering done before I even attempt to redecorate.

Along with ordering and submitting to the Cult of Kondo there are 2 other things I’m going to do to help me organize my life and house this month.

HOW I’M GOING TO GET ORGANIZED THIS MONTH

Organize my thoughts.  Seriously. I need to get this jumble of ideas and thoughts figured out and evict Sam the Asshead as soon as possible.  I will prioritize, list, re-prioritize and make a new list of the things I need to get done.  Over and over until it’s doable.  This is just for all the stuff I need to do that *isn’t* tidying and organizing.  More like figuring out when I’m going to fix the chicken coop roof and making a timeline and material list for redecorating the lower floor of my house this fall.

I will NOT try to organize/tidy my entire house.  That’s crazy talk.  I’ll do 4 rooms.

4 rooms in 4 weeks.  Living Room, Dining Room, Kitchen, Bathroom.

(Sign up for the 4 Rooms, 4 Week Challenge  that starts this Monday!)

I have to confess I’m unreasonably excited about this book. I’ve already been using Marie Kondo’s folding method   (the Konmari method) and it kindda has magically changed my life.  Opening my tee shirt drawer never made me smile before.  Now it does.  Now it makes me giddy.

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Ditto for my jean drawer and tea towel drawer. You know how you fold your tee shirts all nice and sit them on top of each other, then you need a tee shirt and it’s under another one and you pull it out and it makes them a bit messy? Then you’re in a huge rush and you just go diving and rummaging through them to find one that doesn’t have a hole in it ’cause your fart-face-fussy mother-law-law is coming over and by the time you walk away from the drawer it’s a tangle of polyester and cotton? Yeah, that doesn’t happen anymore.

If reviews of The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up are to be believed it really is life changing.  Folding tee shirts her way had me so excited I almost had to pull out the smelling salts so I can’t imagine what’ll happen to me when I read the whole book.

I *can* imagine what will happen to Anxiety Sam though.

Have a good weekend!

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115 Comments

  1. Amy in StL says:

    I tried folding jeans and long sleeve tshirts and tank tops this way and only the jeans held their shape; but the drawer now held only half the amount of jeans. All the rest became a mess halfway through the second week. My short sleeve shirts are in a cabinet with a door, so this method totally doesn’t work for that. I’d love for miss ‘my way is the only right way’ to admit she’s wrong and this only works for some things. But I would guess she never is wrong about anything.

    • Karen says:

      LOL. Well, you probably have deep drawers that you can stack jeans really high in. For me, I can fit way more jeans in my drawer by folding them this way. But my drawer is about the same depth as the jeans are when they’re folded the fancy way. ~ karen!

  2. Penny says:

    I’ve not read Kondo’s book, but one my daughter and I both found helpful was Ruth Field’s ‘Get Your Sh*t Together’. (that’s her publisher using the asterisk, not me.)
    Maybe not so much one for The Art of Doing Stuff types as for those of us who fall (gracelessly, with a thud and a little squeal) into the category of The Art of Finding Spurious Reasons Not to Start Doing Stuff. Her advice to us lazybones is ‘Do a little, teeny-weeny, tiny, barely-noticeable bit, but DO IT NOW!!’ for example, de-clutter one shelf or drawer in the kitchen. The theory is that the satisfaction gained creates a desire for further hits of the tidysmack, and hopefully you’ll soon be hooked on GYSTing.
    The other thing I use when I go a-tidying is the acronym SPACE, as in Sort (into categories), Purge, Allocate (where’s it gonna live?), Contain and Evaluate, which translates into maintaining the system on a regular basis.
    It was going quite well for a while, but then Life got in the way – my elderly dad started needing much more of my time and my daughter moved back home after a 10-year relationship fizzled out. At the time of posting, Dad’s in hospital with a broken hip and daughter is still fast asleep after too much fun last night … it’s 7pm !
    It’s not really a good enough reason for the current level of Crap-shackedness in this house but it’ll do for now.

  3. Lisa says:

    I call my closets “TARDIS” for a reason. :-)

    Books are a keeper for me- they all bring me joy, I can’t get rid of books. I have stopped promising to get shoes/bags fixed and do throw when completely wrecked. So little tiny steps in the de-cluttering process.

  4. Heather Sykora says:

    Hi, I never comment, but had something to add to the discussion. I have red many, many de-clutter books and learned something from most of them. The thing that I found liberating about Kondo’s method is the focus on what I love and want to surround myself with. My house was already reasonable okay, but after reading her book I was able to donate items I used to enjoy but don’t use anymore. I also finally felt free from the compulsion to make my house look like a magazine that someone else lived in, rather I meditate on what I like/brings me visual pleasure and arrange my belongings to my liking. If someone else doesn’t like it doesn’t matter. I feel a new sense of confidence in my personal choices and am getting better at making decisions about what I bring into my space. I prefer my office space busy, comfy, and my kitchen very minimalistic. I feel that I have been learning a skill that is empowering me personally and this skill is rubbing off on my four children without any lecturing. My husband loves that I feel more at peace with my things and more thankful for the house and space we have. Just wanted to add my thoughts to the discussion.

  5. Chris says:

    Really? I saw her one video about folding tees and have to tell you I’ve been folding my husband’s undershirts this way since…..ummmm 1966. Having raised a family & gardens while being a small business owner, restoring an antique house circa 1860s and doing what Martha Stewart did a few years before her (except the jail part) it really makes me shake my head in amazement that this is found to be so exciting. Even after being the Nana who had the 4Treasures after school every day and when school wasn’t ‘in’, retirement now has me as busy as ever sewing fine heirloom pretties for the two little great granddaughters (Jewels in my Treasure box). These things aren’t new, gals. Growing up in the 50s we learned how to fold sheets while standing at the clothesline. And some of us know the proper way to iron a shirt. Never needed a book to tell us how to do the everyday things. I wonder if she teaches people how to peel a carrot? All said in fun…..!!

  6. Geraldine Peterson says:

    Thanks for the tip on the bbq brush. I had heard of the dangers but didn’t know where to buy one. I don’t think it’s a mainstream idea. The big box stores all have something but no good enough to buy.

    Also, when you redo your rooms, will you be selling anything?

  7. Sylvia says:

    It’s already Monday morning in Nova Scotia. Hurry up already!!! I want to get shit done and I want to start now! Well…right after a cuppa coffee. But soon!! Karen, help!!!

    • Karen says:

      Did you sign up for the course Sylvia? That’s where everything takes place, lol. And if you *did* sign up recently did you get a welcome email? ~ karen!

      • Sylvia says:

        Yes, I did sign up and rec’d an email saying I’d receive log in info on first day of month of challenge and nothing so far :(

  8. Eliza Leahy says:

    I read it. Then I threw it out because I didn’t want unnecessary clutter.

  9. Kelli says:

    I don’t have a little Sam. I have a very big, unorganized, out of control Sam. My mother’s uber-organized genes completely skipped me. Instead I got Grandma’s depression-era, save everything, pack rat genes. I definitely need Kondo power! Putting this book on my list!

  10. Jeannette says:

    It has been a while since I read Marie Kondo’s book, but as I remember, she says DO NOT go behind your loved ones’ backs & purge their possessions. She made that mistake with her family & now believes each person is responsible for their own de-cluttering. Hopefully, someone who is resistant will see the difference in YOUR life & will want that for themselves. She is obviously incorporating ideas from her culture & religion, but all that can be modified to fit your particular view. I am a Christian, so it is easy for me to thank God for a particular item & the role it had in my life. As others have said, feeling permission to get rid of things can be life changing, especially for someone like me who was raised by Depression era parents & was taught to keep everything in fear that it might be needed someday. How wonderful to be surrounded by only those things you find useful or attractive. What those are & how many will vary for each person, also may vary depending upon which stage of life each of us is in. I literally had shelves of books devoted to organizing &/or de-cluttering; now I have 2, both of Marie Kondo’s, truly life-changing magic for me.

    • Rebekah says:

      Parental experiences do have a big impact! My folks are a combo: depression baby married a war refugee – so of course we saved and scraped and reused. My house is full of repurposed useful items.

      What helps me is sending stuff on to others – I just spent some time carefully selecting the best coloured pencils of my kids’ younger school days, sharpening them, packaging them up carefully, labelling what they were, then donating them. The too short pencils I did manage to throw in the garbage – although I did have to deliberate whether they were in deed too short or I was just too lazy to imagine a better way to use them.

      I have no problem donating a $100 jacket that it turns out didn’t actually suit me – I have the hardest time throwing out stuff!

  11. Jan says:

    I am NOT drinking her Kool Aid!
    Many many things spark joy for me.

  12. Jennie Lee says:

    Okay, some folks wanted more details on why I disliked Kondo’s book. She spends too much time telling us all about her life. She says to throw your paperwork away. (I don’t think the IRS will be placated when you tell them you were just doing what Kondo told you.) She suggested doing some rather sneaky things behind the backs of your family members. Like I said before, one reason I was not impressed by her book was because I’d read Andrew J. Mellen’s book first, and found it so useful. He covers every aspect of de-cluttering that she does (other than thanking your possessions), and in more detail, and covers some things she does not cover at all. And his book is more aligned with the western lifestyle. And the last I checked, his book was available cheaper than hers. And it’s twice as big. It just frustrates me when something gets popular because it got publicized, and everyone raves about it, when there is something better available that no one’s heard of. And if you try to tell people about the little-known thing you think is better, they attack you as if you’ve just said their baby is ugly. Sigh.

  13. maggie aikens says:

    I konmaried my house a year ago! At first I thought the method a bit whack a doodle but I figured what the heck. I did stop thanking my clothes after a while because they started responding with a “You’re welcome” and I didn’t want a long drawn out conversation. ?Bottom line. It worked well for me. My DF passed away and I moved DM to a nursing home and had to empty their house. Did it the same way. A year later I am still using only stuff I love and have no regrets, but it IS whackadoodle. And yes Karen I use the antique silverware and have my morning juice in a cut crystal glass. ? The only way to live.

  14. Irene says:

    I went and googled her, of course, and came across this, that I quite enjoyed reading. :-)
    http://www.gq.com/story/marie-kondo-purge-diary

  15. Kat says:

    I know I wrote further up in the comments about doing my jean drawer and was pretty astounded with the outcome. This morning I decided to give the other drawers a try. The sock and underwear drawer was easy peasy. The P.J. drawer was slightly challenging but I must admit once you get a hang of this way of folding it just makes sense and not at all difficult. What I have noticed is if I take something out I will push the remaining stuff towards the back. Thus eliminating having to try and put things back in that same spot. So if I see something at the back for a long time that means I haven’t wore it and I can get rid of it. My dresser drawers were a nightmare and really depressing and I was even thinking of buying a new set. I see now it wasn’t the dresser that was the problem, it was how I put things away. Thank you Karen!

  16. KimS says:

    Workflowy.com
    Changed my life.

  17. Teresa says:

    PLEEEEESE make short video of folding the t-shits ( I mean, shirts)

  18. Cynthia Wehrwein says:

    Is that t-shirt drawer for real?

    • Karen says:

      Yep. It’s my t-shirt drawer. And it doesn’t take any more time or energy to get it like that than regular folding plus the drawer never gets to be a mess. Ever. It’s been like that for months now. Ditto for the tea towel drawer and my jeans drawer. ~ karen!

      • Cynthia Wehrwein says:

        I downloaded the video that shows how to do it. I am impressed. I was for sure it was Martha’s drawer. Yes, and now excuse me because the dryer just went off!!

      • Jan says:

        HATE folding clothes! All shirts and pants hang. Life is great.

  19. Mindy says:

    Read it in a few hours. Went crazy the following day. Purged SO MUCH SHIT. Felt great. I, too, converted to her folding method. I kinda love it.

  20. Marion says:

    I konmaried my clothes/shoes/accessories and my books over a year ago. I ended up with three empty drawers in my dresser. THREE! It felt so liberating to get rid of all of that stuff. While I don’t know if I’ll ever get around to the rest of the house, reading the book does make you think about all the stuff that accumulates and the reasons to keep them or not.

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