One of the things people first associate with the KonMari Method is Kondo's unique folding technique.
The idea is to fold your clothes in such a way that they can stand up on their own. If you've ever done origami paper folding, this technique is very similar.
Not only do your clothes look adorable, but they're also self-contained and easy to store so you can see everything at a glance. None of your clothes get neglected or relegated to the bottom of the drawer.
If you're interested in this folding technique, here are 3 unapologetically woo-woo mindset tricks to spark maximum joy.
1) Send joy to your clothes while smoothing them out.
A bed, a counter, a table, or the floor are all marvelous places to do your KonMari folding. You want all of your clothes to be flat before you start. Then you fold the clothes inwards in rectangles and squares until they become compact enough to stand upright like soft, miniature tents.
The fun part comes from the smoothing. Marie suggests that you use your hand like an iron to make sure clothes are smooth.
In a practical sense, you're making sure there aren't any wrinkles in the fabric before you turn it into a compact cloth envelope.
From a sensation perspective, you get to feel your clothes and exchange energy with them before you take care to fold them into a cozy bundle.
You can send your joyful energy into your clothes as you fold them, which really can make them look and feel more vibrant and appealing. An affectionate pat on each folded bundle feels amazing. Try it and see.
2) Think about helping your clothes fit into your space.
It feels pretty uncomfortable to try to move in clothes that don't fit well, right? If you think of your clothes as needing care and comfort too, the way you store them can really make a difference.
From a purely practical standpoint, making sure your clothes fit well in your drawer, bin, or shelf is more visually appealing and makes it easier to pick clothes and put them away.
From an energetic standpoint, giving each of your clothing items the space to breath and shine makes your closet feel better. Space to let air flow works even with inanimate objects.
Folding your clothes in one particular way might not help them fit in the space well, so think about ways to modify the fold so clothes rest easily on surfaces and fill the space without being packed too tightly.
Thicker sweaters might not need as many folds to stay upright. Maybe you want to store your clothes so that the fold faces out on a shelf instead of up in a drawer. Changing the fold you use for different types of clothes might make them (and you) feel more comfortable.
3) Thank your clothes for taking care of you after you wear them.
Marie Kondo specifically mentions in "The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up" that she makes a point to thank her socks and her shoes because feet provide support all day long. The items on our feet are doing lots of work to make us feel comfortable and safe as we walk through our lives.
She also hangs up her clothes after a long day to let them "rest" after a day of helping and supporting her.
As you take your clothes off at the end of the day (whether it's your socks, your tops, your pants, or any other clothing item), try thanking them before you drop them in the laundry hamper. Each individual item.
Your clothes did a good job keeping you warm (or cool), comfortable, and ideally feeling confident throughout the day. They deserve some kudos for helping you look so good.
If you're one of those people who likes to drape clothes somewhere so that you can wear them again, try being mindful about hanging those clothes up on the back of the door or placing them intentionally on a chair or table.
It's easy to toss things aside, especially if you like the shabby chic look of "effortlessly" draped clothes. Making sure that you're being mindful of your clothes helps you appreciate them more and take better care of them in the long run.
Take an extra couple of seconds to thank your clothes at the end of the day. See if they don't shine a little brighter and live a little longer.