I am an organising freak; that’s what my partner calls me anyway. I love a good organise! In fact if I could find myself a job where I could ransack people’s homes for them and organise it I would be in my element. So when I heard about this book I just knew it would be right up my street.
I recently finished reading it and have had my life changed. I’m not even being over-dramatic (maybe a little). It claims that if you follow Marie Kondo’s simple steps, “The Konmari Method” of organising your entire house then you will NEVER have to do it again. That’s me sold.
I wasn’t sure how I would be able to put it into practice in my home though with a rampaging toddler that runs riot and creates chaos throughout the house. But I have to admit so far I have done the kitchen, the living room and Ivy’s nursery and we have been managing to keep it all in check. So we’re slowly getting there!
I haven’t put any pressure on myself to get all of the house done in record time though. I’m just finding when I have the spare time and energy to do it then I will attempt a certain area of the house when I can.
I thought I would share how I used The Konmari method whilst sorting through Ivy’s wardrobes and drawers in her nursery. I, myself love reading these types of posts and I can spend at least an hour trawling on Pinterest at all of the organisational and storage ideas!
She’s currently at that awkward phase of growing out of her 12-18 months clothes but finding 18-24 months is still quite big on her. I just couldn’t keep up with what wasn’t fitting her anymore, what did fit and what was still too big for her. This is where the method fit in and so far it has helped a lot.
The set of drawers we use are from Ikea I think they were only £49 and we use them as a changing station as well. We’ve done this right from Ivy being born as we found they were the perfect height and contained a lot more storage than an actual changing station.
The top draw contains everything we need to change Ivy’s nappy so that it’s easy access. These include; spare nappies, wipes, nappy bags and sudocrem. The storage box on the right to the back has all of Ivy’s hair clips, hair brush and hair bobbles. The front one contains all of her medicines and nail care products. I have a little book of children’s illnesses in there as well which come’s in handy.
In the next draw down we have Ivy’s socks to the back and vests to the front and all of her pajama’s and sleepsuits to the right.
These are all folded in the Konmari way. Marie Kondo explains how to in the book but I also found it easier and a lot more visual to search how to fold using the Konmari Method on YouTube. You also fit a lot more into such a small space by folding in this way too.
This next draw contains all of the 12-18 months clothes (other than what is in her wardrobe) that still fit Ivy. In the first box to the left we have all of her long sleeve tops and down the right we have her short sleeved tops. In the second box we have down the left all of her jeans or thicker pants and down the right we have her leggings. Again these are all folded the Konmari way!
I didn’t have any more spare storage dividers for this draw so it doesn’t look as pleasing to my perfectionist eye as the other drawers but I haven’t had the time to shop for any just yet (its on the mile long to-do list).
But in the last draw down we have all of the 18-24 months clothes that don’t quite fit her yet. Down the right are summer dresses, down the middle her pants are to the back and the tops are to the front. These will get moved up into the third draw as she moves into 18-24 months permanently. Then on the far left we have some cardigans, socks and tights that will fit her in time for next winter and Christmas.
In Ivy’s wardrobe we have her skirts, dresses, jackets, cardigans and coats as I feel these all require hangers.
On the top shelf we have Ivy’s shoes, the ones that fit her are to the front and then there are some shoes towards the back that are the next size up. In the box we have all of her winter accessories which will change to her summer ones as it gets warmer.
The middle shelf; the wicker basket is Ivy’s dirty laundry and the storage box next to that has all of her blankets, spare cot sheets and dressing gown in it.
Finally, the bottom shelf contains spare nappies and there are a couple of bags of nappies in the next size up which are towards the back.
Before I did all of this organising, I had ALL of Ivy’s clothes stuffed into this wardrobe on hangers and I could hardly move anything to see what I was looking at! The drawers were being used for old clothes or baby items that we didn’t use anymore and so was just wasted space.
I sorted through all of Ivy’s clothes and ended up with two huge bin bags full for the charity shop of clothes, shoes and baby items that didn’t fit her anymore or we just don’t find any use for.
I hope you liked this post as it’s not something I have done before here on the blog. I don’t openly let people know how bad my OCD is when it comes to organisation!
Let me know if you have read or tried The Konmari Method in your homes with young children and if you have succeeded or not.