If You Think the Marie Kondo Folding Method Doesn't Work With Kids, Let Me Stop You Right There
The other day, I was talking to a friend about Marie Kondo (as we all were) and how the best gift that woman gave me was teaching me to fold clothes so they stack vertically in drawers rather than in a pile. My friend's reply: "Oh, I know! But does she realise it's impossible to do that with kids?!"
Stop. It. Right. There.
On the contrary, there's no better place to put her folding method into practice than with kid clothes!
Most parents are well aware of how a once-tidy dresser drawer can turn into a jumble of crumpled shirts and pants with one visit from their child.
Still, I see the disconnect. Most parents are well aware of how a once-tidy dresser drawer can turn into a jumble of crumpled shirts and pants with one visit from their child. Why go to all the trouble of carefully folding tiny sweaters and tinier leggings only to have them destroy it all in a matter of hours?
That was my mentality when I first did the KonMari method a few years ago. I employed her philosophy to every aspect of my home, except anything to do with my then-2-year-old daughter. I considered them exempt: who was I to determine what sparked joy with a toddler, and at that point, I was satisfied with bins of barely folded clothes that I'd just reach into when getting her dressed.
But, recently, that now-4-year-old got her first official dresser, and it needed some type of organisation. I tried stacking the clothes traditionally, but that inevitably meant that every time she'd rip the bottom shirt out from the bottom of a pile, the six shirts stacked on top of it would go flying onto the floor.
So, on a desperate whim, I switched it up and folded her items in thirds before stacking them vertically, like they were in a little clothing filing cabinet. Take a look: