Cleaning: Marie Kondo folding method – how to store summer clothes

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The autumn months are here, along with the chillier weather. It’s time to clear out summer clothes, and Marie Kondo spoke to to advise how.

Marie Kondo has been a tidying consultant since she was just 19-years-old.

She is a decluttering expert and has a hit Netflix series.

She recently listed her jobs to tidy your home before winter, which included cleaning away summer items. 

The Japanese expert, born in Tokyo, said: “If you are storing clothes in bins during the off-season, the same rules of tidying that you do for preserving drawer space or packing a suitcase apply – folding using the KonMari Method will save you a lot of space and keep things tidy.”

The KonMari method is inspired by keeping clutter minimal and focusing on items that “spark joy”.

Marie detailed how to fold and store various items.

She said: “For tops, lay them flat and first fold both edges of the body of the garment towards the center, to form a rectangle.

“Then, fold the rectangle in half lengthwise. Fold this in half or in thirds depending on the length and thickness of the garment.

“For pants or shorts, fold one leg over the other.

“Then fold in half lengthwise and fold in thirds. You will end up with a compact rectangle.

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“A similar method can be used for bathing suits and other items.”

How should you store your perfectly folded items?

“Be sure to store each item upright so you can see what you own in a glance.

“Don’t stack items, as you will not be able to see what you have and it will also crush the items on the bottom of the storage box or bin.

“Knowing and staying within the limits of how much you can store will also help you from holding onto items that you no longer need.”

Marie, 37, is all about cleaning out what you no longer need.

Her method involves gathering items into categories and giving or throwing away things that do not “spark joy”.

Each item is designated a certain area of the house where it stays.

Cleaning expert Lynsey Queen of Clean shared her mind-blowing stainless steel sink tips. 

Lynsey said: “Stainless steel can be a bit of a pain.”

However, there is an important way to clean stainless steel providing incredible shine.

Lynsey explained: “So if you look very closely at stainless steel it’s got a grain.

“So, when cleaning it – always follow the grain.”

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