Did you know that you’ll spend in average of 975 hours of your life folding clothes? If you’re like many people, chances are you spend a ton of time folding clothes just to stuff them in an overcrowded drawer where they’ll eventually become wrinkled. Why not make the most of your efforts by folding your shirts and pants in a way that will save drawer space and maintain organization? By learning how to fold clothes to save space, you’ll be able to have an organized dresser that allows to you easily see each piece of clothing. Follow these four tips to learn unique, space-saving folding techniques.
Short- and long-sleeved t-shirts can both be folded the same way. Lay the shirt flat with the back facing you. Fold one side of the t-shirt over to the middle longways then fold the sleeve back across the folded piece. Mirror the same fold with the other side so you have a long rectangular shape. Depending on the size of the shirt, fold it into half or into thirds, making sure that the collar of the shirt on the inside of the fold. The goal is for the shirt to end up in a rectangular shape that can stand up on its own, so fold the collared part down toward the center of the shirt and then bring the other edge over the collared end.
Put the shirts vertically in your drawer so you can see every single shirt instead of stacking them one under the other.
Fold or Roll Tank Tops
Though they may not have a ton of material, tanks and halter tops can take up a ton of drawer space if they are not organized. Folding tank tops is similar to t-shirts: lay it face-up with the straps pointing away from you. Bring the bottom of the tank up to meet the collar and fold the straps down so you have a long rectangle. Depending on the size, fold the rectangle into half or into thirds and place them vertically like you did for your t-shirts. You can also roll your tank tops instead of folding them; the tighter you roll the more space you will save.
Roll Your Socks
Are you one of the millions of American’s that balls up their socks and tosses them carelessly in the drawer? Change your ways by rolling them instead. Lay each sock flat with the heel facing down so the toe isn’t pointing not to the right or the left and then lay one sock on top of the other. Grab the toes of the sock, squeeze, and roll all the way to the top, tucking in any material that might be poking out as you go. Pull the top of the bottom sock over the roll, tuck everything in, and place carefully in the drawer.
Fold Pants And Jeans
Fold and store your pants similar to your shirts and tank tops. Zip or button your pants and lay them flat, being sure to smooth out any wrinkles. With the front side facing up, fold either the right leg over the left or visa versa, so your pants are in straight line then fold them in half, lengthwise. From here you have two options:
- For small pants and leggings, fold them into thirds by first folding the waistband down toward the middle and then fold the other side over top of the waste band.
- For longer pants, fold the waistband end and the ankle in to meet in the middle. Then fold in half so the two ends are tucked neatly inside.
Once you’ve achieved a rectangular shape that can stand up on its own, place them vertically into your drawer.