How to Fold (Easy Edition)

The basics of how to fold clothes & more


Folding Guidelines:

  1. Check out the storage space for each category of clothing
  2. Fold clothes into a rectangle or square of the same sizes
  3. Adjust folds so everything can stand up right, side by side horizontally
  4. Display & Store by category
  5. Display & Store by color from light to dark or in rainbow order
  6. Place most frequently used clothes at arms reach
  7. Less used clothes can go higher, lower or towards the back
  8. Switch out clothing every season if you limited closet space

Pants

Women's Pants Step 1: lay flat

Step 1: lay flat

Women's Pants Step 2: Fold one half over other

Step 2: Fold one half over other

Women's Pants Step 3: fold in half

Step 3: fold in half

Women's Pants Step 4: fold 1/3 towards middle

Step 4: fold 1/3 towards middle

Women's Pants Step 5: fold waistband over

Step 5: fold waistband over

Women's Pants Step 1: lay flat Women's Pants Step 2: Fold one half over other Women's Pants Step 3: fold in half Women's Pants Step 4: fold 1/3 towards middle Women's Pants Step 5: fold waistband over

Men's Pants

Step 1: lay flat

Men's Pants Step 2: Fold in half

Step 2: fold one in half and fold inner thigh flap in

Men's Pants Step 3: fold side over in half

Step 3: fold in half

Men's Pants Step 4: fold 1/3 of the way towards middle

Step 4: fold 1/3 towards middle

Men's Pants Step 5: fold waistband over towards middle

Step 5: fold waist band over to create rectangle shape

Men's Pants Men's Pants Step 2: Fold in half Men's Pants Step 3: fold side over in half Men's Pants Step 4: fold 1/3 of the way towards middle Men's Pants Step 5: fold waistband over towards middle

Shorts

Women's Shorts Step 1: lay flat

Step 1: lay flat

Women's Shorts Step 2: Fold one half over other

Step 2: Fold one half over other

Women's Shorts Step 3: Fold inner flat in

Step 3: Fold inner flat in

Women's Shorts Step 4: fold in half

Step 4: fold in half

Women's Shorts Step 1: lay flat Women's Shorts Step 2: Fold one half over other Women's Shorts Step 3: Fold inner flat in Women's Shorts Step 4: fold in half
Men's Shorts Step 1: lay flat

Step 1: lay flat

Men's Shorts Step 2: Fold in half

Step 2: Fold in half

Men's Shorts Step 3: fold inner flap over shorts

Step 3: fold inner flap over shorts

Men's Shorts Step 4: fold 1/3 towards middle

Step 4: fold 1/3 towards middle

Men's Shorts Step 5: fold waistband over

Step 5: fold waistband over

Men's Shorts Step 1: lay flat Men's Shorts Step 2: Fold in half Men's Shorts Step 3: fold inner flap over shorts Men's Shorts Step 4: fold 1/3 towards middle Men's Shorts Step 5: fold waistband over

Shirts

Women's Shirt Step 1: lay flat

Step 1: lay flat

Women's Shirt Step 2: fold in half

Step 2: fold in half

Women's Shirt Step 3: fold sleeves down to get rectangle shape

Step 3: fold sleeves down to get rectangle shape

Women's Shirt Step 4: fold in half

Step 4: fold in half

Women's Shirt Step 5: fold in half again for small rectangle shape

Step 5: fold in half again for small rectangle shape

Women's Shirt Step 1: lay flat Women's Shirt Step 2: fold in half Women's Shirt Step 3: fold sleeves down to get rectangle shape Women's Shirt Step 4: fold in half Women's Shirt Step 5: fold in half again for small rectangle shape
Men's Shirt Step 1: Lay flat

Step 1: Lay flat

Men's Shirt Step 2: fold one half over other

Step 2: fold one half over other

Men's Shirt Step 3: fold sleeves down

Step 3: fold sleeves down

Men's Shirt Step 4: fold in half

Step 4: fold in half

Men's Shirt Step 5: fold in half again

Step 5: fold in half again

Men's Shirt Step 1: Lay flat Men's Shirt Step 2: fold one half over other Men's Shirt Step 3: fold sleeves down Men's Shirt Step 4: fold in half Men's Shirt Step 5: fold in half again

Outerwear

Hoodie Jacket Step

Step 1: Fold hood down over back

Hoodie Jacket Step 2: fold in half

Step 2: fold in half

Hoodie Jacket Step 3: fold sleeves down

Step 3: fold sleeves down

Hoodie Jacket Step 4: fold sleeves to create rectangle shape

Step 4: fold sleeves to create rectangle shape

Hoodie Jacket Step 5: fold 1/3

Step 5: fold 1/3 towards middle (please check storage space! ALTERNATE option: fold in 1/2 instead of 1/3

Hoodie Jacket Step 6: fold to get a square

Step 6: fold to get a rectangle

Hoodie Jacket Step Hoodie Jacket Step 2: fold in half Hoodie Jacket Step 3: fold sleeves down Hoodie Jacket Step 4: fold sleeves to create rectangle shape Hoodie Jacket Step 5: fold 1/3 Hoodie Jacket Step 6: fold to get a square
winter jacket step 1: fold hood down

Step 1: fold hood down

winter jacket Step 2: Fold one half over other

Step 2: Fold one half over other

winter jacket step 3: fold sleeves over to get rectangle shape

Step 3: fold sleeves over to get rectangle shape

Winter jacket step 4: fold to create a square

Step 4: fold in half, to get rectangle shape

winter jacket step 1: fold hood down winter jacket Step 2: Fold one half over other winter jacket step 3: fold sleeves over to get rectangle shape Winter jacket step 4: fold to create a square
Men's Sweater Step 1: lay flat

Step 1: lay flat

Men's Sweater Step 2: fold in half

Step 2: fold in half

Men's Sweater Step 3: fold sleeves down

Step 3: fold sleeves down

Men's Sweater Step 4: fold bottom of sleeves to get rectangle shape

Step 4: fold bottom of sleeves to get rectangle shape

Men's Sweater Step 5: fold 1/3 over towards middle

Step 5: fold 1/3 over towards middle

Men's Sweater Step 6: fold 1/3 toward middle to get rectangle shape

Step 6: fold 1/3 toward middle to get rectangle shape

Men's Sweater Alternate Step 5: fold in half

Alternate Step 5: fold in half

Men's Sweater Alternate Step 6: fold in half to get shorter rectangle shape

Alternate Step 6: fold in half to get shorter rectangle shape

Men's Sweater Step 1: lay flat Men's Sweater Step 2: fold in half Men's Sweater Step 3: fold sleeves down Men's Sweater Step 4: fold bottom of sleeves to get rectangle shape Men's Sweater Step 5: fold 1/3 over towards middle Men's Sweater Step 6: fold 1/3 toward middle to get rectangle shape Men's Sweater Alternate Step 5: fold in half Men's Sweater Alternate Step 6: fold in half to get shorter rectangle shape

Socks

Women's Socks Step 1: lay flat

Step 1: lay flat

Women's Socks Step 2: lay on top of each other

Step 2: lay on top of each other

Women's Socks Step 3: short pairs can be folded in half, for longer pairs fold the toe side 1/3 towards the middle

Step 3: short pairs can be folded in half, for longer pairs fold the toe side 1/3 towards the middle

Women's Socks Step 4: fold top side of long sock over

Step 4: fold top side of long sock over

Women's Socks Step 1: lay flat Women's Socks Step 2: lay on top of each other Women's Socks Step 3: short pairs can be folded in half, for longer pairs fold the toe side 1/3 towards the middle Women's Socks Step 4: fold top side of long sock over
Men's Socks Step 1: lay flat

Step 1: lay flat

Men's Socks Step 2: lay on top of each other

Step 2: lay on top of each other

Men's Socks Step 3: short pairs can be folded in half, for longer pairs fold the toe side 1/3 towards the middle

Step 3: short pairs can be folded in half, for longer pairs fold the toe side 1/3 towards the middle

Men's Socks Step 4: fold top side of long sock over

Step 4: fold top side of long sock over

Men's Socks Step 1: lay flat Men's Socks Step 2: lay on top of each other Men's Socks Step 3: short pairs can be folded in half, for longer pairs fold the toe side 1/3 towards the middle Men's Socks Step 4: fold top side of long sock over

Undergarments

Women's Sports Bra Step 1: lay flat with back facing up

Step 1: lay flat with back facing up

Women's Sports Bra Step 2: fold straps down

Step 2: fold straps down

Women's Sports Bra Step 3: fold in half

Step 3: fold in half

Women's Sports Bra Step 1: lay flat with back facing up Women's Sports Bra Step 2: fold straps down Women's Sports Bra Step 3: fold in half
Women's Panties Step 1: lay flat with back facing up

Step 1: lay flat with back facing up

Women's Panties Step 2: fold bottom towards the top

Step 2: fold bottom towards the top

Women's Panties Step 3: fold side towards the middle 1/3 of the way

Step 3: fold side towards the middle 1/3 of the way

Women's Panties Step 4: fold remaining 1/3 side over

Step 4: fold remaining 1/3 side over

Women's Panties Step 5: flip over and continue with other pairs *pro tip: I stack all my panties on top of each other and then fold them all consecutively*

Step 5: flip over and continue with other pairs *pro tip: I stack all my panties on top of each other and then fold them all consecutively*

Women's Panties Step 1: lay flat with back facing up Women's Panties Step 2: fold bottom towards the top Women's Panties Step 3: fold side towards the middle 1/3 of the way Women's Panties Step 4: fold remaining 1/3 side over Women's Panties Step 5: flip over and continue with other pairs *pro tip: I stack all my panties on top of each other and then fold them all consecutively*
Men's Boxers Step 1: lay flat

Step 1: Lay flat

Men's Boxers Step 2: Fold one half over the other

Step 2: Fold one half over the other

Men's Boxers Step 3: fold in half

Step 3: fold in half

Men's Boxers ALTERNATE Step 3: fold 1/3 towards middle

ALTERNATE Step 3: fold 1/3 towards middle

Men's Boxers ALTERNATE Step 4: fold waistband over

ALTERNATE Step 4: fold waistband over

Men's Boxers Step 1: lay flat Men's Boxers Step 2: Fold one half over the other Men's Boxers Step 3: fold in half Men's Boxers ALTERNATE Step 3: fold 1/3 towards middle Men's Boxers ALTERNATE Step 4: fold waistband over

Thoughts from Nicole

I feel you. Doing laundry is never a task I’m jumping for joy with. As organized as I am there are some days when I’m just too busy or tired to deal with laundry. I let it sit in a basket for a few days and may even grab a piece that I need. This is totally okay! After all, its not about perfection, it’s about functionality!

The key is accepting how you feel and where your things are without feeling guilty. Be mindful that laundry isn’t put away and know that you will get to it when you have the time & energy. Nothing to feel bad about! It happens to us all!

When I do laundry I try to reframe my thoughts toward the task at hand. I find a place where I feel relaxed and comfortable to fold. As I fold I remember how these clothes help protect me from the outside elements. They support me each and everyday. This thought process helps remind me that I should treat my clothes with love and care. They do a lot of work for me so I feel okay folding them neatly and putting them away.

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Q & A: Tidy Lifestyle Organizing

Q & A: Tidy Lifestyle Organizing

What triggers cause people to want to organize?

  • Feelings of frustration, stress, and distraction regularly when at home or in the office.
  • Life events like expecting a baby, a recent break up, or the passing of a relative or friend.
  • Special Occasions such as upcoming holidays, weddings, and birthday celebrations.
  • Situations involving a big move or trip abroad where organizing and preparation are a must.

What are the signs to start organizing now?

Physical:

  • Visual clutter from surfacing being covered and piles of stuff
  • Hidden chaos when you open drawers and closets
  • Duplicates of the same items

Behavioral

  • Losing track of items
  • Spending time searching for items
  • Consistently buying items at the store only to come home and realize you already have it.
  • Buying items only for them to be left unused with tags on or sitting around in original packaging
  • Organizing day by day, yet nothing changes

Emotional

  • Distraction
  • Frustration
  • Overwhelmed
  • Hopeless
  • Out of control

What can I do today?

Start with a category. Clothing is the easiest category to get started with. Clothes are something we touch and use daily. It is much easier to decide what to keep and discard because you know what you wear and what you don’t. Before you organize your clothes, first sort through them one by one.

Begin with a super simple subcategory like socks. Pick out the socks you use often and are prone to grab; use these as a basis for what to keep. Try to compare your favorite socks with the others. Is the band loose and fall down when you walk? Are there holes on the bottom? How old are these socks? If socks are 3-5 years old I recommend purchasing new socks. Once you know what socks you are keeping, check out your storage space – will all of your socks fit nicely? Should they be folded in half or in thirds so they can be lined up horizontally? Learn how to display and fold your sock with Tidy Lifestyle’s How-To Videos.

What can help me stay motivated to tidy?

Take a moment and think about why you want to tidy. If everything in your life was completely organized and seemingly perfect, what would that look like? What is your ideal lifestyle? Describe the physical space, how you feel in the space, and what you would do. Why do you want that lifestyle? Why do you want to tidy? Create a detailed image of this ideal lifestyle.

Before you begin to organize, transport yourself into this vision. This long-term goal is a great motivator and reminder of why you are organizing. Remember that the journey is just as important as the destination. Have fun and take breaks if you’re feeling burned out.

Find a nice space to fold or do a short meditation before you get started. Try your best to reframe your mindset to see organizing as a positive habit that helps make your life easier.

What does Tidy Lifestyle offer that I can’t do on my own?

A personal guide who will support you with solutions that are tailored to your specific habits and lifestyle.

Nicole’s coaching lessons can be compared to a life coach or personal trainer. Nicole teaches clients how to maintain organization through folding lessons, how to categorize, store, and to utilize spaces efficiently. She asks questions to understand habits and behaviors so she can strategically know where and how to place items. She creates an organizing solution personalized for each client and every client.

Too busy to organize? Want to save time and just get the job done? For those busy with work and other commitments, Nicole also offers traditional organizing services where she organizes for you. From organizing, to beautiful displays, to donation drop offs, and shopping – Take advantage of this all inclusive service.

Why should you pick Tidy Lifestyle?

Meet Nicole Sachiko – Organizing means so much more to me than tidying physical spaces. It is a vehicle to help clients learn about themselves, how to maintain organization, and to live their ideal tidy lifestyle.

During my childhood I grew up in a hoarder home. It was typical to walk through “alley ways” of piles upon piles of stuff, a tradition to clear clutter off the table before meals, and a struggle to find items when needed. I can empathize personally with what it feels like to be physically cluttered and mentally stressed. How items naturally accumulate over time and hold us back instead of enhancing our daily lives. In college I studied Psychology, Child Development, and Health Education to ease my insatiable curiosity to help and understand people. After organizing my parents hoarder home I realized how the magic of tidying up can change lives physically and mentally. I went on to get certified with Marie Kondo as a KonMari® Organizing Consultant.

It is my joy in life to help guide you to rediscover what truly sparks joy for you – not only with your possessions but with your life in San Diego!

What are the core benefits of working with Tidy Lifestyle?

Nicole –

  • genuinely cares about you
  • is committed to starting and finishing your project completely
  • carefully considers how to set up your custom organizing systems to make your life easier
  • creates a safe and judgment free zone where you can feel fully self expressed

Q & A: Tidy Lifestyle Organizing

Question? Concern?

Organize Sentimental

How to organize sentimental items and showcase joy in your home

Why do I have so many keepsakes?

  • We hold onto items to remember and cherish the past
  • When we see and feel these items we relive moments in the past

Remember & Reframe

  • Truly special memories never die, even when we discard items associated with such events.
  • The joy and excitement of the here and now is more important than holding onto something from the past, only to forget about it.
  • The boxes we store in the attic, back of the closet, under the bed often remain there, untouched.
  • When we store sentimental items away they become a weight from our past that holds us back from moving forward in the present.
  • The space in our home is for the person we are and want to become, not who we were in the past.
  • Organize sentimental photos now and display them throughout your home or in a photo album to enjoy for the rest of your years.

The Guide to Organize Sentimental

Photos

  • Remove all photos from albums and boxes
  • Joy Check photos one by one
  • Try to keep only five photos per a trip/event
  • Very important photos don’t often have duplicates
  • Keep scenery photos when you can identify the trip/event

“The meaning of a photo lies in the excitement and joy you feel when taking it. In many cases, the prints developed afterward have already outlived their purpose.”

The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up, Marie Kondo

Letters

  • A letter fulfills it’s purpose the moment it’s read
  • The person who wrote it has long forgotten the existence of the letter, its content, and has moved on.

Gifts

  • Keep it if it truly sparks joy
  • Be courageous and say goodbye if
    • you held onto this item because of a sense of guilt
    • it sparked joy in the past but doesn’t spark joy in the present
    • adds joy to who you are today, not who you were
    • the items served its purpose in your life and by letting it go, frees more space in your home and mind for today and tomorrow

Childhood Memorabilia

  • Stuffed animals feel like they have souls. They were with us in our fondest childhood memories.
    • If it sparks joy for you to hold and see – Display it on a shelf or in your closet
    • If you choose to discard a stuffed animal it helps to cover the eyes.

How to Joy Check

  • Step 1: Pile all sentimental items
    • If you have many photos, it’s okay to create a separate pile of just photos
  • Step 2: Pick one item that undoubtedly sparks joy
    • If you keep it, where will it be stored?
    • Will you display it so you can see and enjoy it?
    • Ask yourself honestly, does it bring you joy today and in the future?
    • Does this item help you cherish who you are now?
  • Step 3: Place items in Keep, Donate, or Trash
  • Step 4: Display keepsakes on walls and shelves to spark joy every day!
  • Step 6: Have the courage to let go & say thank you

Final Touches

When we display sentimental items we remember and celebrate who we were. We are also reminded of who we are now and who we strive to be.

  • Hang sentimental photos on the wall to look at it
  • Display sentimental items to spark joy daily

What sentimental item do you display proudly in your home?

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“By handling each sentimental item and deciding what to discard, you process your past. If you just stow these things away in a drawer or cardboard box, before you realize it, your past will become a weight that holds you back and keeps you from living in the here and now.”

– The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up, Marie Kondo

Organize Kitchen Komono

How to organize kitchen komono & live your best life!

Why are my counters cluttered?

  • No designated forever home for categories
  • Less frequently used items left out
  • Too many items to store

Marie Kondo’s Tidy Order

Cooking

  • Cooking Utensils
  • Cookware
  • Appliances

Eating

  • Dish-ware
  • Cutlery
  • Mats, Coasters, Towels, accessories etc.
  • Food Storage Containers

Food

  • Dry goods/Canned
  • Snacks
  • Baking
  • Teas & Coffee
  • Health foods

*If there are many items in a category, create a new subcategory*

How to Joy Check Kitchen Komono

  • Step 1: Pile one subcategory at a time
  • Step 2: Check expiration dates
  • Step 3: Pick an item that sparks joy
    • How often do you use this?
    • Does this make your life easier?
    • When did you buy this?
  • Step 4: Place items in Keep, Donate, or Trash
  • Step 5: Store items by category temporarily (final storage will be at the end)
  • Step 6: Donate food/Toss expired foods in the trash

Tips to Organize Kitchen Komono

  • Take a deep breath
  • Begin the easiest subcategory to joy check
    • Example: if you love baking, start with baking supplies or baking foods
  • Store large items first
    • Fill in the gaps with smaller items
  • Let the design of your kitchen guide you
    • Example: cups stored near “coffee station”
  • Containers & Bins are your BEST FRIENDS! Try to contain each category together by placing everything in a bin. Take a step further and label!

What kitchen gadget give you joy?

“Keep things because you love them – not ‘just because'”

– The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up, Marie Kondo

Organize Komono

How to organize komono – all the miscellaneous items in your life!

Why are my drawers and cabinets chaotic?

  • No designated forever home for categories
  • Not putting things away

Marie Kondo’s Tidy Order

  • 1. CDs/ DVDs
  • 2. Stationery supplies: tools, paper-like (post-its), letter writing (envelope)
  • 3. Electronic Items (phones, camera)
  • 4. Electronic Cords
  • 5. Electric items: USB, ink cartridges for printers, batteries
  • 6. Skin care items
  • 7. Makeup
  • 8. Hair goods
  • 9. Relaxing goods: candles, essential oils,
  • 10. Hygiene care
  • 11. Medicine
  • 12. Valuables: passbook, wallets, certificates
  • 13. Sewing kit materials and cloth: thread, scissors, needles, tweezers, etc.
  • 14. Tools
  • 15. Hobby
  • 16. Collections
  • 17. “Just Because” buttons, key chains, change, phone cases
  • 18. Linen & Towels
  • 19. Stuffed Toys
  • 20. Recreation: fishing, balls, equipment
  • 21. Seasonal
  • 22. Special occasion: ceremonial, charms, ritual objects
  • 23. Rain gear
  • 24. Paper + Shopping Bags
  • 25. Consumables: tissue, toilet paper, etc.

If there are many items in a category, create a new subcategory

How to Joy Check

  • Step 1: Pile one subcategory at a time
  • Step 2: Pick an item that sparks joy
    • Does it spark joy for you today?
    • Does it weigh you down or compete with your other priorities?
    • Does it contribute to your ideal lifestyle moving forward?
    • Is it something worth keeping if you move?
  • Step 3: Place items in Keep, Donate, or Trash
  • Step 4: Store items by category temporarily (final storage will be at the end)

Facts about komono

  • Be mindful of the items you kept “just because.” See how much of this category takes up precious space.
  • Presents show someone thought of you. The gift should not be kept out of a sense of obligation, guilt, or should be stored away. Thank it for the joy it gave you when you received it and say goodbye if it is not joyful.
  • Travel toiletries have a short shelf life of a few weeks to six months at most
  • Throw away mystery cords. They’ll always be an unsolved mystery.
  • How often do you have overnight guests? If you have guests once or twice a year, be mindful of how many linens you need and keep only ones that spark joy.
  • Free, new, unused items such as calendars, etc, can be donated
  • Add spare change in your wallet so you can use it

What Komono do you need help to organize?

Clients Receive up to 25% off organizer products at The Container Store!

“Keep things because you love them – not ‘just because'”

– The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up, Marie Kondo

why hire a professional organizer

Why hire a Professional Organizer?

Tidy Lifestyle is a Professional Organizer Service committed to help you live your best life and feel inspired everyday through a sustainable organizing system that makes life easier.


Common Situations

Physical

  • clutter on surfaces, things left out
  • hidden clutter: inside drawers, closets, cabinets
  • frequently searching for things, misplacing/losing things
  • too many items, duplicates
  • similar items are stored in many places with no designated home

Emotional

  • Overwhelmed
  • Stressed
  • Distracted
  • Guilty
  • Frustrated

Spiritual

  • “I want to tidy but don’t know where to begin.”
  • “I’ve tried to minimize but still have too much stuff.”
  • “I have trouble letting go.”
  • “I may use this one day.”

Tidy Lifestyle can help you –

Physical

  • organize more efficiently
  • support with where and what to donate and recycle
  • custom shopping lists with recommended items to buy
  • display things beautifully and practically around the home
  • create a organizing system that you can maintain and that makes life easier

Emotional:

  • keep items based on joy, that add value, and are useful
  • let go of gifts, unused, forgotten items, etc.
  • to build confidence in your decisions of what to keep and discard
  • to rediscover yourself, reevaluate the possessions you own, and to work towards the lifestyle you want and deserve

Long-term

  • hold yourself accountable by putting items back where they belong
  • easily find items when you need them
  • know everything you have, where it is stored, and when you need to buy more
  • to be surrounded by items you truly love, that spark joy, and that make life easier

Why Tidy Lifestyle?

  • Nicole genuinely cares.
  • Nicole is passionate about organizing.
  • Nicole loves learning about others and helping clients reach their goals.
  • Nicole wants you to live your BEST life! You deserve it!
owner of tidy time organizing san francisco

Meet Nicole Sachiko – Organizing means so much more to me than tidying physical spaces. It is a vehicle to help clients learn about themselves, how to maintain organization, and to live their ideal tidy lifestyle.

During my childhood I grew up in a hoarder home. It was typical to walk through “alley ways” of piles upon piles of stuff, a tradition to clear clutter off the table before meals, and a struggle to find items when needed. I can empathize personally with what it feels like to be physically cluttered and mentally stressed. How items naturally accumulate over time and hold us back instead of enhancing our daily lives. In college I studied Psychology, Child Development, and Health Education to ease my insatiable curiosity to help and understand people. After organizing my parents hoarder home I realized how the magic of tidying up can change lives physically and mentally. I went on to get certified with Marie Kondo as a KonMari® Organizing Consultant.

It is my joy in life to help guide you to rediscover what truly sparks joy for you – not only with your possessions but with your life.

In-Person & Virtual Clients
Receive up to 15% off!

BA in Psychology & Child Development
Minor in Health Education

Find my Consultant profile ”Nicole Sachiko” on Marie Kondo’s Website

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Organize Papers

How to organize papers effectively

Why are papers everywhere?

  • Even in our digital age, we accumulate receipts, tags, warranties, mail
  • Papers saved over the years for events like tax season
  • Coursework we intended to refer back to from seminars/classes

The guide to success

  • Create a pending box for “to-do” items
  • Have a file folder or file box with dividers
  • Separate sensitive documents for shredding
  • Save shredding for last, shred everything at the same time

How to set up to organize papers –

  • Gather a manageable amount of papers in a pile or box. Pile an amount that is reasonable to sort through in your set timeframe.
  • Ready your supplies
    • filing cabinet/folder accessible
    • labeler or labels to write down each category
    • Recycling bin/bag
    • Shredding bin/bag
    • Pending box (to-do items)
    • phone or camera nearby
  • Create labels for subcategories. A few examples are:
    • Tax
    • Medical
    • Auto
    • Work
    • Manuals/Warranties
  • Have extra blank labels on hand for new categories you discover as you go.

How to Joy Check papers?

  • Step 1: Pile all papers on large surface
  • Step 2: Pick up papers or a binder one by one.
  • Step 3: Joy Check
    • What papers make life easier?
    • What documents are essential to keep for the future?
    • When did you last refer to these papers? (Seminars/Coursework)
    • Have you ever used this for reference?
    • Will you reference this? If so, when?
  • Step 4: As you sort, subcategorize keep papers in separate piles or a filing cabinet
  • Step 5: Separate and pile empty folders, binders, and notebooks. At the VERY END you will be able to see all of these together. This is the opportunity to joy check and pick the ones you want to keep and use!
  • Step 6: If you want to digitize your documents, I recommend to take photos at the end of each paper session rather than at the very end of ALL papers. This helps to break up the monotony of paper sorting while helping you to digitize your documents as you go.
  • Step 7: Recycle discards & shred sensitive documents
  • Step 8: Designate a home for your papers to live. Perhaps in the office or a cabinet.

Storage

  • Have a “pending box” for all incoming mail
  • Attend to your pending box regularly to avoid build-up
  • Store all papers in one spot ex. office

Need help to organize papers?

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Simple Organizing Tips & Tricks

Ready to tidy? Check out these simple organizing tips & tricks!

Focus on Joy:

Learn how to Joy Check!

Closet Tips

  • Remove clothes from plastic! Mold and moths can be trapped inside plastic covering your clothes. I recommend reusable & washable cloth garment bags.
  • Create a beautiful closet with matching hangers: it’s a simple yet effective visual appeal when you open your closet daily

Simple Kitchen Organizing

  • Try to store everything out of sight, inside cabinets and drawers
  • Install a wall basket on the inside cabinet under the sink to store soap & sponges
  • Store less frequently used appliances in low, easy to reach cabinets
  • Toss less joyful items like disposable silverware and chopsticks
  • Store food in air tight containers to preserve quality and for a lovely visual
  • Store loose dry items in bins
    • Snack bin: popcorn, chips, nuts, crackers
    • Canned: soup, beans, chicken broth
    • Sauces: ketchup, soy sauce, hot sauce
    • Health foods: protein powder, supplements
    • Back stock: backup cereal, energy bars, coffee
  • Keep joyful tools and organizers: high level of function, easy to wash/clean, and aesthetically pleasing

Atmosphere

  • Dedicate a “to-do” area.
    • Place a “pending” box for all incoming mail you want to open
    • Hang a calendar for all chores, appointments, reminders
    • Designate a work area for projects you’re working on
  • Create a drop-zone: this is usually near the front door where you can leave a pair shoes, jacket, mask, and wallet. It’s important to only leave one or time items of each category to avoid visual clutter.
  • Areas for daily rituals need to be easy to access: drop-zone, coffee & tea station, pet zone, workout zone, and more!

Storage Tricks

  • BINS ARE YOUR BEST FRIEND! Kitchen, Bathroom, Closet, Garage – no matter what space you are trying to organize try to CONTAIN all Like-items together!
  • Labels, labels, labels! Label’s help everyone in the home know where items belong and where to put them back.
  • Utilize all storage areas efficiently
    • Store large items first, place smaller items around
    • Install shelves on empty wall spaces
  • Store items of the same category together and label the shelf and/or box

What simple organizing tips & tricks do you want?

For more tips see Marie Kondo’s Website

Organize your space around your daily habits.

Organize Books

How to organize books successfully

The guide to success:

Always keep your ideal lifestyle in mind! As you prepare to organize books we need to refrain from reading. When we read books it distracts us from focusing on our emotions.

  • Rule 1: Take every book off the shelf
  • Rule 2: Do not open and read the books
  • Rule 3: Book trilogies can be held at the same time

Marie Kondo’s Tidy Order

  • General (books for pleasure)
  • Practical (instructional, cookbooks, etc.)
  • Visual (coffee table, photography etc.)
  • Magazines

How to Joy Check

  • Step 1: Pile all books in the entire home
  • Step 2: Pick a book that Sparks Joy – use this as an inspirational marker
  • Step 3: Pick up a book one at a time. Focus on the feeling it gives you. Think of its purpose. Ask yourself a few of the joy checking questions to make a decision.
  • Step 4: Place book in keep or donate pile
  • Step 5: Store books to keep on shelves temporarily

Joy Checking Questions

  • Do you want this information to stay by you and support you as your life changes?
  • Is the potential future use of the book equal to the value of the space it will take up?
  • Do you want this book in your ideal lifestyle environment?
  • What emotions and feelings will you enhance by having this book in your life?

Why is it hard to discard books?

  • “I might read it again.”
    • Ask yourself honestly, have you read your favorite books more than once?
  • Books are meant to be read. If you’ve read it, then the knowledge is inside of you.
  • We always have the best intentions. Have the courage to ask yourself honestly if you will read it or accept that this book has served its purpose in teaching you what you don’t like to read.
  • If you can’t commit to reading it today, most likely someday will not happen.
    • Let it go.
  • If you let go of a book and are still thinking about it, you learned that you’re passionate enough to buy another copy and read it.

What books Spark Joy for you?

“What I really wanted to keep was not the book but certain information or specific words contained.”

– The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up, Marie Kondo

The Best Marie Kondo Quotes

A compilation of all the best Marie Kondo quotes to inspire you!

“The question of what you want to own is actually the question of how you want to live your life.”

“When we ask ourselves, Does this spark joy? We reconnect with our inner self and discover what’s really important to us. The result is a lasting change in behavior that sets life on a positive track.”

“Always keep in mind that the true purpose is to find and keep the things you truly love, to display these proudly in your home, and to live a joyful life.”

“If it makes you happy then the right choice is to keep it confidently.”

“No matter how much stuff you may own, the amount is always finite. The more you do it, the closer you get to a house full of joy. Therefore, nothing could be more wasteful than to give up in the middle.”

“By handling each sentimental item and deciding what to discard, you process your past. If just stow these things away in a drawer or cardboard box, before you realize it, your past will become a weight that holds you back and keeps you from living in the here and now. To put things in order means to put your past in order.”

“The key is to make the change so sudden that you experience a complete change of heart.”

“What was the reason? What do you hope to gain through tidying? Visualize your ideal lifestyle that you dream of.”

“To truly cherish the things that are important to you, you must first discard those that have outlived their purpose.”

“Through the process of election only things that spark joy, you can identify precisely what you love and what you need.”

The best Marie Kondo Quotes continued…

“When we honestly confront the things we own, they evoke many emotions within us. Those feelings are real. It is these emotions that give us the energy to go on living. Believe what your heart tell you when you ask does this spark joy?”

“I want to help others who feel the way I once did, who lack self confidence and find it hard to open their hearts to others, to see how much support they receive from the space they live in and the things that surround them.”

“When we really delve into the reasons for why we can’t let something go, there are only two: an attachment to the past or a fear for the future
Ask yourself – am I having trouble getting rid of this because of an attachment to the past or because of a fear for the future?”

“The question of what you want to own is actually the question of how you want to live your life. Attachment and fears govern the way you select things you own but also represent the criteria by which you make choices in every aspect of your life, including relationships with people and your job.”

“There are three approaches we take toward our possessions: face them now, face them sometime, or avoid them until the day we die. If we acknowledge our attachment to the past and our fears for the future by honestly looking at our possessions, we will be able to see what is really important to us.”

“I can think of no greater happiness in life than to be surrounded by the things I love. How about you?”

“Often, it is only after tidying up that people realize what kind of environment sparks joy for them.”

“Tidying can help you get in touch with what you really want, show you what you need to change, and help you find joy in your environment.”

Resources

Find Marie’s books: https://shop.konmari.com/collections/books

Learn more about Marie Kondo: https://konmari.com/

What’s your favorite quote?

Citations

Kondo, Marie. The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up. Ten Speed Press, 2014.

Kondo, Marie, and Barbara Lampe. Spark Joy. Lev., 2017.