How to double your space in your drawers

Welcome to vertical folding. Master the art and you might never look back, says Alice Tate

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One day, I’ll have a whole room of fitted wardrobes. ’Til then, I’ll have to settle for sharing a rail with my partner and a set of jam-packed drawers. The important things get hung — LBD, his shirts, the one formal dress I own, anything silk or crease-happy, then the rest gets shoved in the drawers. And when I say shoved, I mean it. I have a pants, bra and socks drawer; a gym kit drawer (with far too many pairs of leggings I’ll never wear); a tops drawer with everything from vests to blouses and thick knit jumpers; and a bottoms drawer ranging from denim shorts to waterproof trousers. God knows what’s fallen down the back — probably all the things I actually want to wear. Organisation is, ahem, lacking.

So I’ve decided it’s time to tackle this, and the one solution I can see helping me is the KonMari method. If you haven’t heard of it, it’s a technique devised by Japanese tidying expert Marie Kondo, a tidying “megastar” who’s written a bestseller by the name of The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up which has sold more copies around the world than I care to mention.

Whilst some of her suggestions are pure faff (the realisation is life is probably too short to fold and roll your thongs), the general idea is a real game changer

The KonMari method is all about vertical folding and it’s a technique that promises to “revolutionise, organise and declutter your drawers”. Whilst some of her suggestions are pure faff (the realisation is life is probably too short to vertically fold your thongs), the general idea is a game changer. Instead of placing shirts, sweaters and jeans on top of each other and creasing them, the idea is that we should be stacking them so they "stand on end." Line them up in rows from the front of the drawer to the back and then, when you look inside, you'll see all of your options at once – no more rooting around for hidden items under piles and messing things up in the process. 


Lay your jumper flat on the bed.
Fold in left side to the middle then fold back the sleeve.
Repeat on the other side.
Fold the jumper into the centre, and once again.
Fold again, and sit upright.


Repeat as above.


Repeat process, remembering to tuck in the bottom.

Now, tuck your folded clothes vertically in your drawer!


Do you ever pull out a bra from your underwear drawer, and the whole contents of your drawer comes with it? Then you need space dividers. Here we've cut some out of old shoe boxes, and have even used the lids as trays for more delicate items (or you could use them for scarves and jewellery too). 


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