Marie Kondo’s Folding Tips Will Instantly Double Your Drawer Space

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

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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.

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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.

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In her new book Sparkjoy, Marie Kondo offers step-by-step illustrations for tidying up the messiest parts of your house and life. Learn more and get the book here.

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