Here’s How to Fold Clothes Exactly Like Marie Kondo

The absolutely most space-efficient way to fold your pants, socks and underwear.

Organizing expert Marie Kondo has been helping people organize their closets and their lives since she published her first book, The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up. (It was originally published in Japanese in 2011, and the English translation hit bookstores in 2014.) Thanks to the runaway success of her new Netflix series, Tidying Up with Marie Kondo, Kondo’s advice has resurfaced—and gone viral. Her KonMari method has given people a new take on decluttering, and Marie Kondo folding tips are officially the most efficient way to organize your wardrobe.

Below is an excerpt from Kondo’s second book, Spark Joy, which offers step-by-step illustrations of the popular Marie Kondo folding technique for tidying up the messiest parts of your house and life.

Step one to foldingMasako Inoue/Spark Joy

The secret to folding clothes is this: Never give up. Clothes are simply rectangular pieces of cloth sewn together, and regardless of how it looks, any garment can be folded into a rectangle—the ideal shape, even for your pants, underwear and socks.

Does folding these items sound like too much work? Try it once. Folding properly deflates clothes and maximizes the amount you can store. Anything that can be stood on edge should be stored upright in a drawer. That way, you’ll take full advantage of the height of your storage space and be able to tell at a glance what is stored where.

Step two for folding clothesMasako Inoue/Spark Joy

Having folded clothes properly once, you’ll find the next time that much easier, as if the fabric remembers the shape.

Step three for folding clothesMasako Inoue/Spark Joy

Next, if these Marie Kondo folding tips worked for you, you need to check out these 10 other genius organizational tips from Marie.

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