To be clear, Marie Kondo is no yaya. She does, however, organize people’s homes for a living (once they get past the three-month client waiting list), and has become a celebrity of sorts in Japan for her work with the release of her book The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up: The Japanese Art of Decluttering and Organizing. The book, however, isn’t so much about pagliligpit as it is about mindfully taking account of things you own—and being excited about them enough to store and handle them with love.

Her approach to cleaning is decidedly un-western (she discourages from buying commercial storage containers), and her methods are the result of trial-and-error experiments that extend as far back as her unconventional childhood (she admits enjoying and obsessing over organizing as a child). Kondo sprinkles enough motivational Japanese pixie dust in her book that it should have you springing on any pile of clutter, in any room in your house.

But for now at least, here’s hacking your closet the Marie Kondo way…

1. Ditch what doesn't make you happy.
In Kondo’s words: "Discard anything that doesn’t spark joy." It’s pretty basic. And when you think about it—completely reasonable. Why waste closet space with clothes you only wear when all your favorites are in the laundry, when you can have a closet full of lovely, loved clothes?

2. Reconsider pambahay clothing.
Lots of basics clothing stores have sections dedicated to "lounge wear." Because you should feel as good in the silky or cottony cuts of your pambahay as you do when you’re going out. Don’t just re-assign worn-out, for-going-out clothes to pambahay. Besides, faded, ratty shirts shouldn’t be sparking much joy in you either.

3. Stack sideways.
Applies to folded clothes in the drawer. Instead of piling one on top of the other as done in clothing stores—fold shirts, shorts, socks (anything you aren’t hanging) in a three-way-tuck so they plump and stand up one end, and stack sideways. This gives you a full view of all your clothes in a single-drawer-pull, instead of having to rummage to the bottom of the pile, with clothes underneath receiving the least love and getting squished.

4. Upcycle shoeboxes.
Use as organizers to hold and separate stockings or underwear from everything else in your drawers. Shoeboxes are tiny enough to fit in your closets, and they’re an additional excuse to buy more shoes.

5. Hang clothes from light to heavy.
It won’t make your closet cleaner, but Kondo wants you to think of it this way: a line drawn from left to right going up, makes you feel more comfortable and optimistic than a line from left to right going down. Why shouldn’t the same visual Zen-feel aesthetics apply to hanged clothes? Whether "light" means lightly colored clothes, or tank tops, is entirely up to you.

6. Unroll stocks and socks.
Kondo has really strong feelings about how people deal with medyas—and with good reason. Socks take a beating from sheathing your foot from your shoe all day, it’s humid under your toes, and the fabric takes a beating from all that walking. After laundry, people roll it for storing in drawers. This stresses the cotton/wooly fibers even more, at a time when the sock is supposed to rest. Fold it instead.

7. Fold for vertical stacking.
For tops: fold sleeves to center, then fold once lengthwise, and three times from the neckline, to the belly part, to the hemline. For pants and other bottoms: fold once lengthwise, and three times crosswise until shortened. For socks: twice or thrice horizontally depending on thickness.

8. Store bags within bags.
The same types at least, and up to two bags in—to help some of them retain shape, and save space. Bags are, after all for carrying things. Who needs storage containers?

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