You’ve surely heard of Marie Kondo whose book was turned into the successful Netflix series, Tidying Up. The premise of both revolves around Kondo’s now-famous method of home organization, KonMari. Kondo’s fans love her philosophy of decluttering by purposefully getting rid of possessions that don’t “spark joy” and then thanking each discarded item for its usefulness.
The KonMari method takes a strategic approach to each area of the home in order to help individuals and families simplify their lifestyles and embrace organization. Because you begin each day choosing clothes and getting dressed, it makes sense that closet organization is emphasized within her philosophy.
Before we go into any further details, I wanted to let you now that I have created a capsule wardrobe planner that I used myself to simplify my morning routine (and my life in general) and become more mindful of my shopping habits. It’s in my free resource library with other printables and ebooks. Feel free to download it at the bottom of this post.
How does it work?
When it comes to KonMari-ing your clothing, there are some very specific rules. The first step involves determining which items to discard. You’ll lay out all your clothes on the bed or floor, touching each one in order to evaluate whether it sparks joy for you. If you’re feeling unsure, it’s likely that piece can be discarded.
Once you’ve gone through the process of deciding which items stay, which to donate and which to throw away, you’ll be ready to take the clothing that sparks joy and organize it in your closet and drawers.
The KonMari way of organizing clothing involves hanging them by weight and color. Darker, heavier and longer items should go on the left, with lighter clothes being placed on the right. You can find an order along those guidelines that works for you. Kondo has a particular folding method in which items are meticulously folded and rolled, then stood upright in drawers or shelves.
In order to get the most out of the Tidying Up approach to organizing your clothes, it’s a good idea to look for tools that can simplify the process. Drawer organizers, inserts and shelving units are some items you may wish to consider. Perhaps the best investment, though, is a good closet organizer that lets you distribute your apparel by type, weight, color and length.
For some inspiration, take a look at these 9 closet organizers to KonMari your wardrobe.
This Rubbermaid custom closet organizer offers a great deal of quality and versatility. It comes in a variety of finishes to match your other bedroom fixtures and can be configured in a number of ways. Installation is easy and requires no cutting. You can also select from different sized kits in order to best fit your space. You’ll love the variety of shelving to customize storage for your sweaters, jeans or purses. In addition, there are plenty of rods for KonMari-ing your wardrobe in a way that makes everything easy to find on busy mornings.
If you prefer a freestanding organizer with a high-end appearance, consider this one by Tribesigns. You won’t have to drill into your wall, which is perfect for renters. It can be placed directly in your closet to create the look of built-ins or allowed to stand freely anywhere in your room for versatility. This unit looks sturdy and luxurious, with two wood-look finishes to choose from. The drawers at the bottom of the organizer are ideal for using the KonMari folding method to store seasonal items or ones you wear less frequently.
If you’re on a bit of a budget, but still desire the ease of a freestanding organizer, consider this one by Simple Houseware. It offers an industrial look in either silver or bronze finish. You don’t need a drill or power tools to put it together. Though it only offers one configuration, you’ll find two spacious hanging bars with lots of room, along with a side shelving that can be used in a variety of ways. You could put your darker, heavier clothing items on the top bar and hang the lighter ones on the bottom, rather than going left to right.
Closet organizers like this classic white wire model from Rubbermaid are an essential tool in the KonMari method. The custom fit and shelving configurations allow you to do so much more than you would with just the standard bar that comes in most closets. This one is sturdy, with steel construction, so you can feel confident hanging your heaviest winter coats, sweaters and jackets. The shoe racks are a nice touch to display and keep track of your footwear.
Many folks swear by the Amazon Basics brand for its quality and value. This storage rack is no exception and gets strong ratings at 4.5 stars. It’s a free-standing closet unit that gives you a choice of three metal finishes. There are two bars, one where you can hang your shorter and lighter clothing and a bottom bar for the longer, heavier items. You’ll get a lot of use out of the multi-tier shelving on both sides.
Another beloved organizational brand is ClosetMaid. This one comes in your choice of white or espresso, as well as 16-inch and 25-inch models. You can also configure the larger model with doors and drawers if you prefer a more high-end look. There are so many possible configurations with this unit, allowing you to customize your KonMari approach.
If you like the wood appearance of the ClosetMaid organizers but need one that is a bit more budget-friendly, check this unit out. It still maximizes your hanging space by offering an added rod, along with plenty of shelving. You can hang the rod on either side of the closet for customization.
This organizer is stylish, versatile and durable. It comes in three color combinations: Brown/Espresso, Gray/White and Linen/Natural. It also comes with six shelves and three drawers. You can configure their use any way you choose, hiding some items away while displaying others on the open shelving. You may also appreciate the four separate rods available for separating different types of apparel.
Closet organizers offer the most benefit when they can be personalized. This organizer can be customized in so many ways. It comes with seven adjustable-height shelves, two wire baskets that are also height-adjustable and four clothes hanger bars. The unit only comes in white wire and is made of durable steel. The baskets add a nice touch for folding small items such as socks, scarves and other accessories.
3 Additional Shelf Organizers
Another part of the KonMari your wardrobe is to roll your clothes (underwear, shirts, pants and more) into bins and baskets. This way, everything is nicely tidy and it’s easy to find the clothes you are looking for in just a glance.
Here are 3 highly rated Amazon baskets to organize your shoes, shirts, underwear, pants, sweater and more.
These closet organizers all offer benefits that will help you KonMari your wardrobe. You’ll surely find one that suits your space, budget and style. Have fun with it and have fun with the process. Take time to evaluate them and choose the organizer that will bring you the most joy!