• Favorite Things Friday: Get Organized with KonMari Folding Method + Dream Drawers ❤️

    UPDATE: This Giveaway is now over! Winner announcement has been posted on my homepage. See more Giveaways being dropped on my blog here.

    (This is a new series of articles on Fridays called “Favorite Things Friday” where I’ll be sharing some of my favorite things, products & life tips, in hopes that you might find it useful in some way for your family. Join me back here every Friday. Plus, every Favorite Things Friday article will have a giveaway on it!)

    I’ve been on a journey this year to declutter my life and my house. As a child, I didn’t grow up in a very organized household. There was clutter and things everywhere. Every drawer you opened. Every surface… had clutter. And as an adult, I never learned the skills and habits to keep a home organized.

    Seeing that my home reflected that of the cluttered environment I grew up in, I felt really determined to take some action this year and to change.  I wanted to learn new habits and to invite more peace into our home. Plus, I didn’t want my kids to grow up in and to adopt the same bad habits I did.

    While I still have a lot to learn, and changing one’s habit is a process that will take time and practice. I’m really proud of what I’ve started to adopt into my family’s life so far.

    Marie Kondo’s book “The Life Changing Magic of Tidying Up” was LIFE Changing! I started with the physical book but ended up listening to the Audiobook instead. If you wanna dive in quickly like me, I highly recommend that you listen to the audiobook – You’ll get thru it much faster, plus you can listen and tidy at the same time (that’s what I did lol).

    You can get TWO Free Audiobooks here if you are new to audible.

    If you listen to the audiobook, I do have to warn you that the narrative is a little dry. Listen for the content and power thru it. It’s worth it. 🙂 Okay. You’ve been warned … so you’re not surprised.

    If you follow me on SnapChat, you may have seen my transformation this year with decluttering my closet and re-doing the dresser drawer for each of my kids (and myself). Many of you wrote in and started doing the same (see pics below).

    One of the sweetest new habits I picked up from Marie Kondo is her method and philosophy on folding clothes:

    • Fold as much as you can instead of hanging
    • You can fold almost anything into a little rectangle shape (more on this later below) – Even underwear and socks
    • Store folded clothing vertically (standing up)
    • Give everything a home

    Ever since converting over to the “KonMari” folding method. Opening my drawers each morning to pick out a pair of tees, leggings, and socks has turned into a joyful ritual. I can’t explain it. You have to experience it to understand. And folding fresh laundry no longer feels like a chore. It feels like a peaceful medication that’s calming and fulfilling.

    How to Fold Clothes Using KonMarie Method

    I had a hard time visualizing and understanding her folding method from the audiobook, so I googled videos of Marie Kondo actually doing it.  And it made so much more sense to see it visually. There are tons of video on YouTube you can look into, but here are a few to get you started:

    I found that by converting to her folding method, not only does it look nice, you can fit a lot more into a dresser than stacking them flat. I used to use 3-4 drawers for the same content I now keep in one drawer.

    Tools I Love for Keeping Drawers Organized

    While you don’t need to buy any tools for KonMari folding method (you can use cardboards as dividers), I ended up using these Dial Dream Drawer Organizers as dividers for my dressers. It looks so much nicer to have these plastic dividers to separate the different sections. I’ve also tried these wood dividers but didn’t like them (they were hard to use and I don’t recommend it).

    For my kid’s drawers, I also got some of these clear storage trays for socks, underwear and swimsuits.

    That’s it! 🙂

    Here are more pics of examples using the clear trays for my daughter Sophie:

    When I started converting our dressers, I first started with my own clothing. I used to have several drawers and shelves, now have two fully converted dresser drawers that fit everything.  One drawer each for socks, underwear and bras. And one drawer for tops and leggings. I breakdown tops into tank tops, short sleeve tees and long sleeve tees.

    Both my kids dressers are now fully converted too. My kids have a lot more clothes than me. So they have a drawer for tops, a drawer for bottoms, a drawer for PJs, and since we’re in SoCal and swim a lot, a drawer for swimsuits.

    My son is on the Autism spectrum. Like all children who has ASD, he needs (and craves) structure. One of our biggest daily struggles is getting him ready in the morning, groomed and dressed. It’s chaos every morning! I started using the dream drawer dividers to carve out a spot for each day of the week in his dresser. I would pick out his clothes (including underwear and socks – not shown in pic above) at the start of the week, so mornings during the school week can go a little smoother.

    I wanted to share this pic of my son’s “days of week” drawer, just in case it’s helpful. I have been brainstorming different ideas and found this to be helpful for our family. I think even for children who doesn’t have Autism, this can be helpful in morning routines to get your young kiddos ready for school.

    I Want to See Your Progress

    If you plan to adapt this folding method into your life, I would LOVE, love, love to see pictures of your progress. Here are some pictures some of you already sent to me on SnapChat. I love seeing your pics. They make my day. ❤️

    Thank you @isabel_mn and @bluebudderfly for sharing these pics.

    Giveaway Time! Win a Set of Dream Drawers + Tray

    As I mentioned last week, I’m gonna include a Giveaway to go with each of these Favorite Things Friday articles every Friday. Check back every Friday for more of my Favorite Things.

    For today’s giveaway, I’m giving away a Prize Pack to THREE People. Each Prize Pack includes:

    This giveaway starts on Friday 8/31 and will end on Monday 9/3. Winners will be announced on this blog only on Tuesday 9/4 before 12pm PST.  You’ll have 48 hours to claim your prize.

    To enter in this giveaway: leave a comment below with a useful tip you use at home or something you recently learned or tell me about one of your favorite products. Or you can tell me about some of your frustrations that you would love help with. And tell me where you’re reading from (city and state). Let me know by leaving a comment on this post.

    This post is NOT sponsored by anyone. I just really love this product and wanted to share my experience. All prizes are paid for by myself.

     Do You Have a Favorite Product or Life Tip? Want to be published in a future “Favorite Things Friday”? Shoot me an email with your write up and pictures. If I accept your submission and publish your tip, I’ll also send you a $50 Gift Card to the store of your choice. Send an email to tina@FreeStuffFinder.com with subject “Favorite Things Friday Tip”.

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      with a 12 year old, a 9 year old and another one on the way due in Nov, organizing clothes has to be my number one priority . both kids now just shove things in a drawer and it gets wrinkles, so that’s my number one frustration. This product is pretty unique and would def. help solve that issue!

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      Im in the same road as you trying to declutter my kids room and mine. They have so many toys it’s insane but this blog was very helpful i might have to try this folding method for our clothes. Thank u so very much! Something that I can highly recommend for mothers of boys that play with nerf guns is to use a peg wall. Dedicate a wall to all the nerf guns and get a peg wall from home depot or any home improvement store. All you need is a peg wall which basically looks like a wall with little holes and you get pegs to hang all different shapes and sizes of nerf guns! And boom their off the floor and i also bought a plastic basket that i could hang for all the bullets!! Im so excited to finish this prohect will let u know how it turns out! I have started to follow u on Snapchat -Dianna- Grand Terrace, CA

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      I haven’t tried using the trays for my draws. I’ve always had success using them in the refrigerator and freezer to help keep things organized and clean. It also helps maximize the space for me too.

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      Hi I’m Lan from Denver, CO and I recently folded my girls clothes like this bc I was tired of not having enough space for all their clothes. So my SIL showed me this from someone and O M G I can fit so much more!! So now I’ve started in my drawer for my shirts. Now you’ve inspired me to go beyond!! Lol

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      Since I am on a very tight budget and usually don’t buy plastic bins or storages bins, I have used cardboard boxes left over from cereals, granola bars, etc. to help with organization.

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      I need these! I don’t have very good organizational skills and have been trying to get the together! You inspired me! These would help kick that off. Thanks

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      I have a major issue with teaching my daughter independence by telling her to go get her under clothes or night clothes out and everything is always so mixed up that she comes back with the complete opposite I think this would be great for her because everything is so organized with this . I’m from Philadelphia PA

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      First, I LOVE how you’ve organized your drawers and your children’s drawers. You must feel like a weight has been lifted off your shoulders!! I would love to be able to do the same, as well as organizing my linen closet. It’s a disaster because there is no shelving so everything is in a huge bin and in hanging pocket (shoe dividers). I will say I have come up with a way to store all my tea in separate sections in a kitchen drawer though so that’s a plus!!! Once the linen closet is done I will tackle my fridge lol.

      Irvine, CA

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      Jazmine Cervantes :

      I need help organizing food pantry’s like with the cups and plates also the spices

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      I love organizing! I use bins in the playroom for each type of toy. Vehicles, Little People, V-Tech, Foods, Infant etc. the kids put things where they go, and everything looks so mice! I definitely need these bins!

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