KonMari Method: How to Declutter Your Kid’s Clothes

by Greg on January 13, 2020

kids clothes on hangers

A living space free from clutter is every mom’s joy and pride, which makes the KonMari Method your ultimate guide for good housekeeping. KonMari takes after its creator, Marie Kondo, who rose to fame with her book The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up as well as her Netflix series Tidying Up.

KonMari’s goal is building a home full of joy and peace, and does it through decluttering. Marie Kondo’s idea is that every item at home should bring the family joy; otherwise, out they go.

As the year comes to a close, it may be the best time to do some decluttering yourself, starting with your kids’ dressers. Here’s how you can do it the KonMari way:

1. Tidy up everything in one go

Clear your children’s closets until you’ve tidied the whole thing, regardless if it takes you an entire day or week to do so. Tidying little by little isn’t recommended because there’s no guarantee as to when you can get the job done to the last item. Thus, it’s important to really set aside a certain amount of time and stick to it, or choose the right day and time when you’re free to do your cleaning.

2. Visualize the outcome

As much as possible, think about the lifestyle you want in very specific terms. This way, you can determine the techniques that will help you achieve your ideal lifestyle.

Do you want your kids to be able to find a piece of clothing easily? Follow Marie Kondo’s rectangular folding technique, where the folded piece can stand on its own. This can be handy so that you don’t need to stack your kids’ clothing in piles. Just keep the folded clothes standing face up in rows to let your kids see every piece of clothing inside their drawer.

clothes drawer
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3. Tidy by category, not by location

Whether or not you have your kids’ clothes stored in different locations other than their closet, bring them all out so that you have a large pile to sort. Go through every piece of clothing, separating the ones that have value or spark joy from those that don’t.

Once you’ve sorted out everything up to the last item, you’ll have fewer items left to put back into your kids’ drawers. It’s a simple yet effective method of creating a clutter-free home that radiates with positive energy and happy disposition.

4. Follow the right order

The KonMari Method proposes that you follow this order in tidying up at home: start with the clothes and then move on to books, papers, komono (miscellaneous items), and sentimental items. You should only move to the next category once you’ve finished the previous category.

babies clothes folded

You may also want to create sub-categories out of each main category. For instance, you could sub-categorize your kids’ clothing into tops, pants, skirts, sweaters, and so on to make it easy for you to sort them out and determine which to keep or throw out.

As the KonMari Method shows, it’s easy to experience more joy as you live a clutter-free life and build a personal space that gives you peace.

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