Four boxes for a perfectly ordered house

After returning from vacation, it’s time to put the house in order, to prepare for the new season, autumn, but also to review and clean the wardrobes. Organization expert Marie Kondo knows a lot about this topic.

Vertical folding: an effective organization method

In addition to the four-box system, the expert also advised other methods for putting the closet in order. For example, the so-called vertical folding method or Konmari, which proposes to roll or fold the clothes so that they can be stored vertically. In this way, a lot of space can be saved, visual harmony is also achieved and the clothes are visible so that they can be selected every day.

Categorizing clothes: the essential tip

A trick that seems quite obvious, but that not everyone practices, is to organize the pieces according to categories: shirts, blouses, sweaters, pants, skirts, coats, suits, bags, scarves, belts, hats, etc. So that in the closet there is a section for each category of clothing.

The Japanese recommend placing the heaviest clothes on the left side of the closet and the lighter ones on the right side. Those that are long are also included in the heavy category. So, as one approaches the right side of the closet, the length of the clothes becomes progressively shorter. One solution would be to start on the left side, coats, followed by dresses, blazers, pants, skirts and blouses.

The four boxes method for an organized dressing room

This involves putting the four boxes method into practice. The system is based on four keys: sell, give, keep and throw away. It is these four categories that will allow us to select clothes and define them easily. This can also be done with other rooms in the house, like bedding.

This Japanese organization system starts by getting four very large boxes and each box will be used for one of these four actions.

Sell: give your clothes a second life

In the box intended for sale, include the clothes that you have worn a lot, but which are still in perfect condition and which you no longer wish to use. Plus, of course, you can sell items that you haven’t worn once because you weren’t convinced, because they don’t fit, or because they gave it to you and that you don’t know what to do with it.

There are many second-hand platforms where clothing, accessories or decorative pieces are sold.

Make a donation: share your happiness

In the cities there are many containers from various organizations such as Cáritas, the Red Cross, Oxfam and Humana. Of course, the clothes you donate must be in perfect condition so they can be used by the people who need them.

Save: keep the essentials

Anything you’re actually going to use over the next quarter would go in this box. In other words, you should get rid of everything you don’t wear. If you haven’t worn this piece in the last couple of years, it’s probably time to say goodbye.

Throw: giving worn fabrics a second chance

This last box will be filled with clothes that are in poor condition and that you are no longer going to wear. Of course, use the clothing and shoe points so they can be recycled. Some fashion brands reuse parts to make new ones.

By following this method, you can get rid of clutter in your closet, rediscover clothes you’ve forgotten about, and create a more functional space.