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Here’s How to Fold Clothes Exactly Like Marie Kondo

Organizing guru Marie Kondo reveals the absolutely most space-efficient way to fold your pants, socks, and underwear.

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How to Master the Marie Kondo Folding Technique

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.

Check out this 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.

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“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.” – Marie Kondo

Could your whole house use the KonMarie treatment? Here are expert tips to help declutter every room.

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

Check out these secrets you never knew about your own clothes.

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If these Marie Kondo folding tips worked for you, you need to check out these time-saving laundry hacks.

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Illustrations and excerpt from SPARK JOY: An Illustrated Master Class on the Art of Organizing and Tidying Up by Marie Kondo. Copyright © 2016 by Marie Kondo. Illustrations copyright © 2012, 2015 by Masako Inoue. Published by Ten Speed Press, an imprint of the Crown Publishing Group, a division of Penguin Random House LLC.

Originally Published in Reader's Digest