You've probably been folding clothes the same way your whole life. While the traditional methods work just fine, it might be time to reconsider your techniques.
T-shirts are often one of the least organized items in closets. We all have so many, but so few of us know how to store them best! Find out two new ways to neatly fold your t-shirts for easy and accessible storage.
Plus, once you've found out the best way to fold t-shirts, check out our advice on how to fold untailored shirts, slacks, and pants. You'll finally be folding all your clothes the RIGHT way.
How to Fold a T-Shirt
These two methods will have your t-shirts folded neatly in no time. Try each and decide which one you prefer!
The Japanese folding method:
- Lay the shirt front side up and sideways with the neck on your right and the bottom hem on your left.
- Smooth out any wrinkles so it lays flat.
- With your right hand, pinch the shirt between the shoulder and the neck.
- Now, pinch halfway down with your left hand.
- Cross your right hand over your left to pinch the hem.
- Pick up the shirt and pull your left hand through, uncrossing your arms.
- Lastly, drag the shirt along the table to straighten out the sleeve and flip one side over the other.
The folding board method:
- Lay the shirt face down and flat. Place the folding board near the collar and center between the shoulders.
- Flip one side of the shirt and sleeve against the board.
- Now, repeat the step on the other side and smooth out any wrinkles.
- Fold the bottom of the shirt up, so it's tight and snug against the bottom edge of the pulling board.
- Flip the shirt right side up, then slip the board out from behind.
Watch & Learn How to Fold a T-Shirt
How to Fold Untailored Shirts
Now that you know how to fold t-shirts, it's time to find out how to fold the rest of your clothes! Choose one of these methods for folding untailored shirts based on which works best for you and your space.
The draped fold:
- Fasten buttons and closures.
- Hold the shirt by the shoulder seams near the neck seam, with the front facing you.
- Fold the sleeves and sides back so the sleeves meet in the middle of the back.
- Drape the sleeves so they lie flat along folded edges.
- Fold the garment from the top to bottom either in half or thirds, depending on desired finished shape.
The flat fold:
- Place the shirt front down on a bed or tabletop.
- Smooth wrinkles by gently pulling at the seams, making the shirt slightly taut.
- Fold each side in along a line at the outer edge of the collar or neckband, toward the center.
- Smooth the sleeves.
- Fold in half by bringing the bottom edge to the neck or collar.
How to Fold Slacks or Pants
Use one of these folding methods to keep your slacks in ready-to-wear condition and your closet or drawers orderly.
The creased fold:
- Line up seams and hems to keep the creases crisp.
- Hold upside down by bottom hems; match inseams to the outer seams, keeping the crease sharp.
- Fold in half onto a pants hanger or in thirds to place in a drawer.
The smooth fold:
- Hold pants by the waistband, and shake them to smooth large folds.
- Lay pants on a flat surface with the seams on each leg parallel, pulling seams gently until slightly taut.
- Fold one pants leg over the other, matching and smoothing seams.
- Fold garment in thirds lengthwise to fit in a drawer or fold in half to drape over a hanger.