Hear Me Out: Rolling Your Clothes Does NOT Save Room In Your Suitcase

Our contributor, Kaleigh Glaza, offers her honest opinion on the Marie Kondo folding method. Let us know what you think in the comments below. 

Listen up. I know the Marie Kondo method tells us to roll our clothes. When she tells us this in her calming and helpful voice, it sounds right. But while it might make things more organized, it is NOT the best way to pack. It will not save room. It will not prevent wrinkles. It is not the best way to go.

I have been packing for years for trips that range from three days to more than a month and am a firm believer in never checking a bag. And with that attitude, you must be an expert packer. So, take it from me. Instead of rolling your clothes, do this…

  • Fill the space in the bottom of your suitcase with socks, underwear, bras etc. This will take up those odd spaces in the base of your wheelie and it doesn’t matter if they wrinkle.
  • Think flat. The less folds the better. You will fit more clothes. They will have less wrinkles. They will layer nice and flat and give you room for vacation purchases.
  • Put toiletries at the top of your suitcase. They’re the most likely things to give you any issues when you go through security, so having them at the top of the pile makes it easy on the TSA team. Then they won’t have to rifle through your pretty, flat piles of clothes to find what they need!
  • Shoes get their own area. They cause the most wrinkles and get clothes dirty no matter how clean you think they are. Put them in shoe bags or in the upper section of the suitcase to keep them in their own area.
  • Leave room. For some reason, clothes always seem to get bigger when you re-pack than when you initially pack for a trip. Plus, you might buy some fun things! So, make sure to leave a little breathing room in your suitcase. You won’t regret it.
  • Repeating it here: No rolling. Minimal folding. Keep your clothes flat! If you don’t believe me, test it out. I have been using this method for years and people are constantly amazed at how much I fit into a suitcase. Don’t roll it ‘til you try this!
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Sorry, Marie Kondo. But that’s just the way it is.

A lifelong Chicagoan, Kaleigh currently works in the Windy City’s food social media and marketing world, which is perfect for her cheese- and chocolate-obsessed self. She is your go-to girl for recommendations on travel, champagne, the best Beyoncé songs to sing in the shower and the latest in thriller fiction reads. In addition to Glitter Guide, her work has also appeared in Refinery29, The EveryGirl, Lux and Concord, DiningOut Chicago Magazine, and others. Follow her on Instagram at @kaleighglaza and work with her on food, blogging and social media at https://www.kaleighglaza.com/.

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