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Tidying Up the KonMari Way: Sock Folding

The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up: The Japanese Art of Decluttering and Organizing by Marie Kondo has overtaken my life (in a good way!) Her magical tidying method has changed how I feel about my home and the things in it, and I love sharing my KonMari journey with you. (You can read my introduction and other posts in the series here.)

Folding clothes is an important part of Marie Kondo’s method. I wrote about KonMari folding here, but I found another way to fold socks that may work even better. It’s still the same idea – you fold your socks so they can stand up in a drawer – but the process is slightly different. It’s sock origami, and it works for long socks and short running socks.

This video from Northwest Edible Life shows how to fold long socks:


So much better than rolling them up and stretching the opening of one sock over the the ball!

Many people wear short socks for exercising, and the traditional KonMari folding method won’t work. One of the members of my KonMari Adventures Facebook group (it’s a closed group, but you can ask to join) shared this picture of how she folds her short socks:

How to KM fold short socks

Genius! It is easy to fold your socks the KonMari way – I promise! – and your drawers will look so tidy, you’ll want to keep them that way.

Happy folding!

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7 thoughts on “Tidying Up the KonMari Way: Sock Folding

  1. Thank you SO MUCH for this post. Because the author of Tidying Up presents her ideas as “this is the only way and it works for everything and you cannot change it or it will not work”…I was about to angrily throw out the whole thing. Over half of my socks are running socks or hiking socks and they were a total mess with KonMari. While her my-way-only position still irritates me, now I can use the concept and stand them up. Unfortunately I still haven’t figured out how to fit them all in a drawer that is tall and was designed for stacking (my one lingerie drawer will not hold running socks, regular socks, sports bras, regular bras, etc) If anyone has any ideas on that dilemma, please share.

    1. Yippee. Hybrid method allowed me to get all of my post-cull socks in the drawer. (Thank you again Kelly for helping me – through your take what works for you from KonMari, not all-or-none approach). Here’s what I am doing with my socks for now: Casual and hiking socks that easily fold/roll/stand vertically and that it helps to know what colors are available, etc. I have on one side of sock drawer. Running socks are paired and stacked flat together as they were before. I simply grab the top pair, since they are all basically the same. Now they fit all in the tall drawer and I can see what I need.

      1. Yea!!! I read this comment after I replied to your other one about the folding. I’m so glad you found a way to make it work for you. Although I fully embrace Marie’s methods, I also know that you have to make make modifications that make sense to you or you won’t continue. One question a lot of people have is about things that don’t spark joy but they need to keep. Not everything in your house will literally spark joy! My vacuum doesn’t make me feel happy, but neither does a dirty floor/rug! I would love to buy a joy-sparking vacuum cleaner (and, truth be told, I almost did at Target last week) but it’s not what I want to spend my money on right now. I think we should surround ourselves with things that spark joy AND things that are practical/useful, even if they’re not ideal.

        1. Kelly, thanks so much for your interest and ideas! I also agree with her guiding principles…it is just the detailed execution that needs to be tailored to individuals. (For you, it was not keeping papers in a single clear folder; for me, it is socks – and probably some other items as I go.) But going by category, sparking joy, etc. are critical. Speaking of sparking joy, my Miele vacuum does spark joy. Well worth it.

          1. I will look at that brand. I haven’t heard of it before. I also need a joy-sparking refrigerator, dishwasher, oven/stove, and washer/dryer! All of the appliances were included when I bought my condo eight years ago, and they were probably at least 5 years old then. Someday!!!

          2. You made me laugh! I feel the same way about my dishwasher. The way I reframe it to spark joy is “oh, I don’t have to wash and dry everything by hand.” Happy tidying!

    2. Shoeboxes are a great way to corral things like socks. If you roll them up and then stand them up in a shoebox, you should be able to eliminate some of the mess. I wish you could post a picture of your drawers so I could see them! One way Facebook is a little more user-friendly than blog comments! You can find me on Facebook if you want. I could make some recommendations if I can see the space. 🙂

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