I’ve read Marie Kondo’s book, The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up; I’ve helped clients find joy and packed up non-joyful items in my own home. Since I am usually spending my organizing time with clients taking items – lots of them – out of their homes, I am reluctant to try any new method of organizing that requires the purchasing of new gadgets or tools. Recently, however, I had the chance to try out a KonMari Method technique and was pleasantly surprised at the results.
My client and I were sorting through several drawers of socks, stockings and pantyhose. The pile of non-joy-inspiring items was growing into two bags headed for Goodwill while the cherished, comfy, favourites awaited return to the drawer.
I remembered Kondo’s guidance about socks, rolling rather than turning down the tops on each other, and wondered if we might try the strategy. We had previously liberated a dozen or more better clothing store, rigid bags which I retrieved from their home. Using scissors, I cut down the bags to just shy of the height of the drawers and inserted several into each drawer. The shortened bags fit perfectly into the drawer and were narrow enough that we had enough for each colour grouping of socks.
You can see the result in the drawer.
Unfortunately you can’t see how pleased my client was to be able to see her socks, laid out by colour, making her dressing experience easier. The technique worked very well in this application and I like to think the socks were happy too.