The Folding Book

A Complete Guide to Creating Space and Getting Organized

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Pub Date 10 May 2022 | Archive Date 19 May 2022

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Fold your way to an organized home! Home organization professional Janelle Cohen encourages you through this basic organization technique with expertise and humor, for less stress and more fun.

If organizing your home seems like a huge undertaking, leaving you feeling overwhelmed even before you’ve begun, there is a simple thing you can do to make it manageable: folding. The simple act of folding is great for saving space, creating attractive drawers and shelves, and editing your belongings.

In The Folding Book, Janelle guides you through all the folds you could ever imagine and more—including the dreaded fitted sheet—with step-by-step photos and instructions and her helpful tips and tricks.

With this visually stunning book by your side, you will learn how to expertly fold over 100 items in all their incarnations:

Adult clothing and accessories Infant, toddler, and children’s clothing and accessories Linens and towels (bedroom, bathroom, and kitchen) Clothing and accessories for travel

Along with all the folding techniques, Janelle shares her wisdom on how to easily maintain this organization and create an organization system that will not only make a positive impact on your home but also your life.

Fold your way to an organized home! Home organization professional Janelle Cohen encourages you through this basic organization technique with expertise and humor, for less stress and more fun.


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Just by flipping through a few pages and seeing how nicely organized all the information was, I knew this was going to be a solid book. It has step-by-step photographs of every foldable item and it is all color coordinated by male/female/children/linens/travel. Going through the book is extremely easy and since the folding technique foundation is the same for nearly every item, incredibly easy to pick up and start using.

The book is broken down as follows: introduction; getting started; the technique; folding basics; feminine; masculine; baby; kid; linens; travel. The sections do have more than clothes: e.g., the baby section has tips on folding elastic-sided crib sheets (something I thought would always be impossible to do nicely) and the travel section discusses travel cubes. There is a nice section on getting started, the technique's foundation, how this folding style means all your clothes are nicely laid out but also easy to find and manage (e.g., you can easily see which t-shirt is in the row), and then a glossary of folding terms rounds out the extras. Each section is broken down by item type, with the Basics section covering unisex items such as tank tops, shirts, casual pants, socks.

There is a good variety of clothing types - from no-show or ankle socks to pajama sets, beanie hats to bandana bibs. The linen sections included robes, towels, comforters, aprons, tablecloths, etc. Each section is photographed on a color-coordinated background: e., the linens are all photographed on a purple background and masculine on blue. It makes it super easy to find the section you need. The entire book is nearly fully photographic with each step clearly photographed, numbered, and with concise one-sentence directions. The font is large and easy to read. It really is a snap to use the book.

In all, I am highly impressed. This is very easy to use, effective, efficient, and one of the best designs/presentations I have seen in a long time. Reviewed from an advance reader copy provided by the publisher.

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A visual guide on how to Mari Kondo your clothes. The directions on how to fold fitted sheet were handy. Otherwise, nothing mind-blowing.

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Did you know that folding is a thing and that it could help to organize your life? In the process, it may well help you to feel better as you will feel more in control of your belongings and surroundings. The author notes that this slow activity can be restful and therapeutic.

Following an introduction, the book includes information on Getting Started, The Technique, Folding Basics, and Editing While Folding. The book ends with a helpful Glossary.

Imagine what is in your drawers. Imagine feeling better about packing for a trip. Use the tips in this book with its clear illustrations and I am pretty sure that you will take pride in your progress.

Many thanks to NetGalley and Quarto Publishing Group – Rock Point for thist book. All opinions are my own.

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The Folding Book by Janelle Cohen is exactly that, a book on folding. Folding can be therapeutic and this book has all kinds of folding techniques to help you organise your wardrobe, your draws and everything in between. Starting with the basics and going through feminine, masculine, baby, kids, linens and travel. Straight forward instructions and photos to illustrate the point this is a well put together book.

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A well explained, well illustrated book to help organise your clothes, linen, etc.. It provides good ideas on how to fold and then tidy away your clothes, stacking items upright rather than in piles which never stay tidy.
Unfortunately I didn't learn anything new but I'm sure it would be of use to many people, especially those who still struggle with the dreaded 'fitted sheet'!

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The Folding book is a step by step visual guide to folding clothes and related items. It includes lots of techniques and information on sorting out your wardrobes and draws. Great for Marie Kondo fans. It covers all family members, linens and travel and will be perfect for anyone who enjoys organising and decluttering.

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This is a great little guide to help start you on your tidying up journey. I know I struggle with folding clothes and give up quite a bit, but I feel like I will definitely use some of these tips and tricks and start tidying up around the house.

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My house is a mess! When I saw this book I was curious. A book about folding? Maybe I need to try something different?
When I read that the author said she finds folding therapeutic I thought this is nuts! There is no way will I find folding to be therapeutic. I thought for sure folding an exact way would cause me more stress and take too much time. I was wrong!
Before reading this book, the clothes in my dresser were folded and stacked on top of each other which seemed pretty organized to me, but often I couldn't find what I was looking for. I would have to dig through the drawers and it would end up a disorganized mess. As for putting the clothes back folded? Probably not happening now!
After reading this book, I actually love folding The folding tips the author shares makes it so much easier to find my clothes in the drawer and to put them back. Folding actually makes me feel less anxious and stressed. The book provides you with colored pictures and step by step instructions on how to fold different types of clothing, which is very helpful, especially when you are new to this type of folding. I was up cleaning out drawers and refolding the clothes at 5am! Who have I become? I love opening my drawers and seeing my clothing folded and organized.
I definitely recommend this book! It will help you if you are trying to organize your home and your life, or maybe you just need new folding tips! #TheFoldingBook #NetGalley

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This book was a great step-by-step guide on one of the most over-looked areas of organization: how to fold ones clothes. Clothes come in all shapes and sizes, and it can be hard to understand how to best fold them. Especially the dreaded children's category. This book provides very easy to follow, step-by-step instructions and pictures on how to fold pretty much any article of clothing you could possibly encounter.

While the subject material of the book itself was quite simple, the layout and design of the book was beautiful and engaging. I would highly recommend this book to anyone that wants to elevate their organization techniques, or keeps hearing that they need to fold their clothes, but never had anyone show them how.

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The folding book is about folding different types of clothes (adults and children’s clothing), towels, and more! It helps you organize your closet and space, and it helps you get rid of clothes to save space and time.

I found this book to be quite interesting and useful. This book also made me look differently at how I fold my own clothes. I might try this, since the folding makes the clothes I own more visible, and I always feel like I use whatever lies closest to the top all the time. Maybe this folding technique will make me use more of all of my clothes. Also, the technique to fold sheets! Ahh, how I struggle with that one haha.

But yeah, overall a great read. You get what you are promised and it really does help you find new ways to organize your clothes, etc. I recommend it!

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Thank you NetGalley for the early preview of this book.

A neat freak and a want-to-be neat freak this book is a great guide for you. I can't wait to go home and get my drawers organized. I am doing some things like this book suggests but so much room for improvement. My favorite thing will be being able to see all my clothing!

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This is the book I need in my life! Looking through the pages of beautifully illustrated step by step items of clothing beautifully folded gave me the inspiration I needed to address the utter havoc in my own dresser! The sense of calm created is worth its weight in gold!

I found this book to be well organised, well illustrated, easy to follow and above all, inspirational, I love the authors passion for folding!

My thanks to NetGalley, author and publisher for the opportunity to review this book in exchange for an advance copy.

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Having been hooked by the Marie Kondo approach during lockdown 1 and chucking everything that didn’t ‘spark joy’ I then attempted to fold much of my remaining clothing etc in a way that was meant to change my storage forever. However, most of that soon went out the window with best laid plans and I was left with chests of drawers filled with semi-tidy but somewhat bedraggled clothing. Finding this book reignited that ‘spark’ and has allowed me to finally gain order on the disorder that was my t-shirt drawer, among several others.
If you have ever wondered how to fold a fitted sheet correctly , without lumps, bumps or bits sticking out, look no further than this book, with step-by-step instructions.
I do feel that I am perhaps a bit older than the readers this book is probably aimed at … namely the Instagram-addicted amongst the millennial generation, who strive for closet & pantry perfection. Each item, ordered into themes (feminine, masculine, baby, kid, linen, holiday) is pictured in step-by-step instructions which make it easy to follow.
If you are someone who aims for order in each aspect of their home, then this is the book for you.

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Very clear photos show step-by-step folds for many different types of clothes and linens that will maximize and organize your dresser drawers and closet shelves.

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