Ok, this is going to sound utterly ridiculous...but here it goes.
This weekend was a slow, quiet weekend. The weather, while not rainy for the most part, just had that sense of a storm coming any minute now. So, I spent a fair amount of time indoors, scrolling Instagram (no judgment; I had already completed all my "chores").
And then I fell down the rabbit hole that is The Folding Lady's Instagram feed. If you haven't spent any time watching someone fold various items, you probably have no idea just how soothing - and instructive - it can be. I'm ashamed (no, I'm not) at just how much time I spent on this pursuit.
Another rabbit hole that I sometimes frequent is the GoCleanCo's Instagram feed, in the event you need a rabbit hole or two to fall into. Actually, there are a LOT of rabbit holes on Instagram - these two are my latest Insta-obsessions.
Some of you that have been around here for a while, may remember that after I read Marie Kondo's book, I completely re-vamped the way I had been folding (most) of the clothes in this house. Shockingly enough, I still fold the majority of the clothes in this manner - it seems to work for us.
The only areas that this method didn't seem to work was my jeans drawer (yes, always and forever to my jeans living in a drawer rather than a hanger - The Husband's jeans do go on a hanger however) and my pajama drawer.
In the jeans drawer, they are folded in such a way so that I can quickly identify if that is a preferred pair, a work in the yard pair, or if they are a "I don't like them because they stretch out after an hour of wearing them" pair. Upon reflection, it seems I need to clean out that drawer since there are several that are deemed unsatisfactory 99% of the time.
The pajama drawer though? A nightmare. I can't tell you how many times, I've pulled out all the pajamas, re-folded them and put them back in. The pajamas for some reason (I guess it's the material) wouldn't "stand up" in the drawer (also probably because I need some kind of bin/organizer in there) but, it never failed that this drawer would end up in a jumbled mess.
And then I fell down The Folding Lady rabbit hole. And noticed, that she folded her kids pajamas as a set. Whereas I had been folding each item separately - a lightbulb went off in my head and I immediately went to the problematic drawer, pulled everything out, weeded out what could be donated or trashed and re-folded everything as a set. They still won't "stand up" (I'll probably add some drawer dividers in the near future) but it's not the hot mess it was before. And now, when I pull out a fresh pair of pajamas, I am not rummaging around for the whole ensemble. Sometimes, it's only after the fact when you realize, um yeah - this IS a better way...despite doing it a different way for your entire life.
What about you - were you smart enough, to sigh and say "Of COURSE, you should always fold your pajamas as a set!" or are you like I was...clueless?