11 Feb
Built in wardrobes

How to Marie Kondo your wardrobe

Professional organising and decluttering is sweeping the globe, as busy home owners seek new ways to make light work of housekeeping.

One of the most popular contemporary movements is the KonMari method, developed by Japanese organising consultant and author Marie Kondo. Marie’s famous words “spark joy” have inspired millions to simplify their lives by eliminating unused and unloved items, while creating a home for everything that invokes happiness.

As designers of beautifully fitted furniture for 30 years, we love creating functional spaces for everyday and treasured items, and have helped countless home owners across Australia organise their homes with functional and beautiful fitted furniture solutions.

As Marie Kondo explains in her books and TV series, compartmentalising with smart storage solutions makes tidying easier. It saves time, and creates a sense of calm and order that flows throughout the entire home.

And where better to start than your wardrobe: the space that houses your most personal and often prized possessions? It is also a space you use morning and night, but is very rarely designed to accommodate you and your life.

If you’re ready to create a tidier and more organised bedroom, here are 3 simple steps to Marie Kondo your wardrobe…

Take it all out

It’s hard to know what you have when it’s all mixed together. By taking everything out of your wardrobe, you have an opportunity to see the space you’re working with and the collections of clothing and other items that need to be stored.

You may choose to go through everything to decide what to keep and what to discard, as Marie Kondo recommends. Her advice is to keep only those items that make you feel joyful and represent who you want to be in the future.


Group together similar clothing so you can clearly see what needs to be hung, placed in drawers, or folded on shelving.

Separate undergarments so you can decide how you would prefer to store them for easy access in the morning, and distinct items such as long dresses or ties that need a special home of their own.

If shoes, jewellery, perfume, and other personal items need to be stored in your wardrobe, bring them together so you can identify how much space you are going to need for each group.

Create perfectly configured spaces

The key to keeping your wardrobe tidy is perfectly configured spaces.

This is where you will need to be creative with your wardrobe design to maximise space and give each item a dedicated home. Pre-made wardrobes and wardrobe storage solutions rarely do the trick, because they are not designed to suit you. This is why a custom wardrobe can feel like a slice of heaven.

For example, when a Creative by Design designer visits your home to measure the space, they take into account every item you want to store and how you are going to use it in your everyday life. This includes:

  • Undergarments
  • Ties
  • Dresses
  • Suits
  • Skirts
  • T-shirts
  • Pants
  • Suitcases
  • Jewellery
  • Perfume/cologne
  • And more

We also add personalised elements to ensure you get the most out of your new wardrobe, such as a valet rod that keeps tomorrow’s clothes ready and waiting for you each morning!

Boxes and storage buckets may work, but they will never feel as satisfying as a wardrobe that has been custom designed and built just for you.

To learn more about how we can help you Marie Kondo your wardrobe, please call Creative by Design on 1300 366 222 or email us.

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