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How to Fold Your Clothes like Marie Kondo

By Katie McCann

By now, you’ve probably already heard of 2019 internet sensation and organizational expert Marie Kondo. And if you haven’t, then you better log onto Netflix right now to watch the immensely popular “Tidying Up with Marie Kondo” series. One of the most striking and aesthetically pleasing take-aways from Kondo’s Netflix series is her folding technique. In short, she teaches that items should be folded in a way that makes them stand upright. Not only does this method provide immense space-saving benefits, but it also makes items easier to see at a glance. Here’s how to fold everything in your closet – from sweaters to underwear – like Marie Kondo. 


  1. Lay the shirt down flat on a flat surface.
  2. Fold in the right side with the sleeve flat.
  3. Fold back the sleeve half way.
  4. Fold over the left side and repeat the sleeve fold so you’re left with a rectangle.
  5. Fold in the neckline an inch or so away from the hem.
  6. Fold halfway.
  7. Fold in half again so it stands upright.


  1. Lay sweater flat in front of you with the sleeves spread out.
  2. Fold in the right side with the sleeve straight out.
  3. Fold the sleeve over and down so it creates a triangle.
  4. Repeat on the left side so you are left with a rectangle.
  5. Start from the top and fold inward until it stands upright.


  1. Lay jeans flat in front of you.
  2. Fold left leg over the right.
  3. Fold in the crotch.
  4. Fold over the bottom toward the waist leaving an inch of space.
  5. Fold inward until jeans stand upright.


  1. Lay socks flat as a pair, one sock on top of the other.
  2. Fold the toe inward about an inch from the top.
  3. Fold in to the center.
  4. Fold in half so it stands upright.

Underwear (bikini bottoms, briefs, thongs, and boyshorts)

  1. Lay underwear flat in front of you
  2. Fold in half lengthwise, crotch to waistband.
  3. Fold in the sides.
  4. Fold over crotch again so it stands upright.

Folding Your Clothes Like Marie Kondo Gives You More Space Plain and Simple

This method is the most space-efficient way to fold all your clothes, letting you pack more into a tiny space. While our clothes and stuff have a way of increasingly taking up space in our increasingly small condos, folding our clothes like Marie Kondo can help us reclaim some of our precious space.

Katie McCann
By Katie McCann

Katie is the Content Marketing Manager at Bolt, creating resources to help ecommerce businesses of all size thrive. When she's not tracking her online orders right to her doorstep, she's obsessing over her pandemic puppy and learning TikTok dances.