The Single Best Way to Fold Your Sweaters

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There's a universal truth when it comes to closet organizing: The bulkier an item is, the less likely it is to be neatly stored. And for many people, there is no article of clothing heavier or more cumbersome than sweaters. It's no wonder they end up haphazardly piled on a shelf or shoved in a storage bin. But the truth is, it is possible to neatly fold your sweaters.

Want an easy way to whip those unwieldy garments into shape? These simple steps from professional home organizer Karin Socci will have your sweaters uniformly arranged and easy to find in no time.

Step 1: Forgo the hanger.

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As tempting as it may be to put your sweaters on hangers to get them out of the way, doing so will only shorten their lifespan.

According to Socci, a Master Certified KonMari Consultant and owner of The Serene Home, "Sweaters should be folded whenever possible to avoid stretching them out on hangers."

Step 2: Meet in the middle.

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After laying your sweater on a flat surface, divide it vertically in thirds with your hands. Fold one side in toward the center of the garment, and then repeat with the other side.

The two sides of the sweater should meet in the middle and the cuffs of the sleeves should be touching the sweater's hem.

Step 3: Fold from the bottom up.

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Sweaters are "folded the same way shirts are folded, but if they are bulky, they may require fewer folds," says Socci. This means folding your sweater horizontally, so the bottom hem hits the midpoint of the garment.

Then, fold upward from the bottom once again until the sweater takes the shape of a small rectangle.

Step 4: Align vertically and store.

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Instead of putting your sweaters on top of one another, align them vertically so you can see them better—and have an easier time pulling them out when needed. "I like to line them up like books on a shelf," says Socci.

If you stack them, she warns, "you'll either never wear the ones on the bottom or you'll destroy all your folding to get to that one [you want]." And for more smart ways to tidy up, discover these 27 Genius Tips That Will Keep Your Home in Perfect Order.

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Sarah Crow
Sarah Crow is a senior editor at Eat This, Not That!, where she focuses on celebrity news and health coverage. Read more
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