The KonMari Way to Create Functional Office Space in a Small Bedroom

When we downsized our house, I knew it was going to take some creativity to fit our family of 5 into a space that was nearly 2,000 square feet smaller. See our full story here. Being a recovering shopaholic one of my biggest problem areas has always been my closet. Imagine how much bigger of a problem my wardrobe became after we had a smaller closet and I started using our bedroom as an office as well! Thankfully the Konmari method saved me big time and helped me transform my wardrobe.

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KonMari Take 2

My Wardrobe Before Konmari

I had originally heard about the Konmari method from blogger Abby Lawson from Just a Girl and Her Blog. See all her Konmari posts.

When we moved into a smaller house, it meant we had to big time downsize our closet too (even though we still have a walk in.) I knew I had to find a way to maximize our space in a smaller house and that my closet might be the best way to go.

As you can see, I already started decluttering and got a pile together to donate. KonMari would say these items just didn’t bring me joy. I didn’t take the time to thank them like she recommends but it definitely felt good to get rid of clothing items that were no longer serving me.

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“Office” clutter

Because downsizing our house meant I also lost my office space, I had been trying to also make room for all of my important papers, schedules and other office goodies like pens and staplers.

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You can see homeschool paperwork, printer paper, my Blogging Binder, pens, CDs, angel cards. You name it.

Stashing everything in this drawer definitely kept my room looking nice and clean, but every time I opened this drawer, I immediately wanted to shut it. There was no organization whatsoever.

The dresser drawers

My sock and underwear drawers were not much better. I’ll spare you the photos of my “keepsakes” but I think this photo of my sock drawer will give you a gist of the kind of state it was in.

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There was no real organization to these drawers at all and I definitely wanted to do something to make better use of this space.

Other great organization posts:

After the Konmari Folding Method

I started by taking everything out of my “office” drawer and un-hanging all of my hoodies and sweatshirts from my closet.

By using the Konmari folding method, I was able to get all of my sweatshirts and my flannels into my old office drawer which freed up a ton of space in my closet.

There are multiple ways that I’ve seen to correctly fold the Konmari way. Amanda with True Good and Beautiful had probably one of the best and easiest tutorials I’ve seen so you can get an idea of how to get yourself started folding. How to do the Konmari folding method.

I couldn’t believe just how easy it was to fit my bulky, oversized sweatshirts into one drawer! Plus they were all still extremely easily accessible and a breeze to find in a hurry. Check it out…

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In fact, I was loving this insane space saver so much, I decided to give the same Konmari folding method a try on my bottom drawer.

My bottom drawer that originally stashed all my sleep sets, workout pants and sweatpants was totally transformed. I didn’t remove anything and yet, I found myself with tons of excess space.

To help keep things separated, I grabbed one of my extra storage bins and used that in between my workout pants and sweatpants to store my delicate sleep sets. Look how great it turned out!small room downsize, small bedroom, declutter, small office, room office, bedroom office, downsize, konmari method, konmari folding

I took a few extra bins I had around the house to help tidy up my underwear and sock drawers as well. Like before, I will spare you the underwear details, but check out what my top drawer looks like now.

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After clearing out a ton of extra space in my closet, I put all my summer dresses and tank tops to the back, where they won’t be needed. Another great way to do this would be to create a capsule wardrobe.

Now I had freed up so much closet space, I was able to flip the shelving I had previously used for my shoes in order to have extra, out of the way storage for all my office supplies.

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small room downsize, small bedroom, declutter, small office, room office, bedroom office, downsize, konmari method, konmari foldingTo finish everything up I took my jeans off the shelf and hanged them up, placed my shoes on the shelving and then used the remaining space to store books, paper, printers and pens.

All those things that used to be shoved in a drawer or stuck in the corner are now nicely tucked away in our closet and organized for easy access.

I can’t believe how much of a difference the Konmari folding method made as far as freeing up space for me to utilize. Check out these before and afters!

Before and After Konmari Method

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The Konmari Method

For more information on the Konmari method, and similar downsizing techniques, check out some of the books below. Happy folding!

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About The Author

Renee

Renee is the blogger behind The Fun Sized Life. After downsizing with her family, she also took the time to get serious about he finances. Now she is sharing the wealth with all of her readers.

16 COMMENTS

  1. sarganser | 6th Nov 17

    Hello
    this post was written with me in mind, I live in a really small apartment due to rent being so high.Small appartments also come with less storage space and I have really been strugging to have some kind of order.
    thanks so much for sharing and making things sound so easy.

    • heartsoulwhole@gmail.com | 6th Nov 17

      I’m so glad! I had hoped I wasn’t the ONLY one facing this particular problem. I just had to share because it is CRAZY how much more functional I have been able to make this space! I hope you can too!

  2. Jessica | 6th Nov 17

    This is just in time for my seasonal change over of clothes! I feel like I’m finally inspired to get started! 🙂

    • heartsoulwhole@gmail.com | 6th Nov 17

      Great! Glad I could give a little inspiration!

  3. Jena @ Rooms Need Love | 6th Nov 17

    I love using the KonMari Method! I use it on my toddler’s clothes too and we have so much space in her drawers I don’t know what to do with it! I’m slowly converting all my husband’s drawers to this…his sock drawer is so bad and so small. Definitely needed this inspiration to get on top of that.

    • heartsoulwhole@gmail.com | 6th Nov 17

      It really is awesome! It seems so simple to have gone unknown for so long! Good luck working your way through the house!

  4. Christie Moeller | 6th Nov 17

    Oh my gosh I know how you feel. I recently “organized” my pantry and It feels like a huge weight has been lifted from my shoulders. It feels so much better to be organized! I need to do my bedroom drawers next as well! Thanks for the folding tips!

    xoxo Christie
    http://www.icanstyleu.com/blog/

    • heartsoulwhole@gmail.com | 6th Nov 17

      It’s crazy how a little tidying up makes such a HUGE difference!

  5. Christine | 6th Nov 17

    Oh my goodness, it’s like you’ve staring into my dressing room and snooping around. This is exactly what I need. Mine is a tip and so needs a clear out.

    • heartsoulwhole@gmail.com | 6th Nov 17

      Haha I swear I haven’t been!

  6. hanna - platforms and pacifiers | 7th Nov 17

    This!!!! I fold my husbands 23408597 tee shirts like this! Saves so much space and I can cram even more shirts into each drawer, AND the drawers stay more organized because he can see which shirt is which and select the one he wants without digging through and messing everything up!

    • heartsoulwhole@gmail.com | 7th Nov 17

      HAHA Exactly!! My drawers hold more AND stay better organized. Plus folding them this way doesn’t take much more time than the way I used to fold them!

  7. Lauren | 7th Nov 17

    My husband and I will be moving soon, so I am excited to purge and go through our items. It seems like we have a lot of “stuff” that hangs around the house, so it will be nice to tidy up.

    • heartsoulwhole@gmail.com | 7th Nov 17

      It is so freeing letting go of all the stuff you really don’t require! Good luck with the move and the purge!

  8. Sarah Camille | 8th Nov 17

    Wow! I like be the results. My fiancé and I are about to do a deep clean of our closet so this was just the inspiration I needed. 🙂

    • heartsoulwhole@gmail.com | 8th Nov 17

      Right? It was such a helpful and much needed transformation. I hope yours goes well as well!

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