When you go looking for a shirt, does the whole drawer seem to come busting out? Does the drawer even close? Nothing is more frustrating than trying to find a specific item in an overfilled drawer. Especially when you’re in a hurry to get out of the door in the morning. Well, I have found the solution to overstuffed drawers and completely emptying a drawer to find that one item you really wanted. In this post, I will show you how to fold clothes to save space and frustration.
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I Can’t Fold & They Don’t Fit
Before getting married, I had a large walk-in closet that held all of my clothing. Everything got hung up. Once I got married, I shared a small closet and dresser with my husband. I wasn’t sure what to do with all of the clothing that didn’t fit. Cramming everything into the dresser drawers wasn’t working. I had to dig through a stack of shirts to find the one I wanted, but five wound up on the floor in the process. It was quickly apparent that my system wasn’t going to work.
Folding Game Changer & Space Saver
For a wedding shower gift, I got a clothing folder like they use at the store. It was great, but it still didn’t solve the problem. I wanted to be able to see all of the clothing so that I could find what I needed. At the same time, I didn’t want to dig to the bottom of a pile to pull out what I needed.
In those first few months, I experimented with folding techniques and reorganized the drawers repeatedly. My poor husband could never find anything he needed. At one point he requested that I put sticky notes on the outside, so that he could get ready in the morning. Eventually, I got it all worked out and quit reorganizing every time I did the laundry. My husband was relieved, when the day finally came that I put his shorts back in the same drawer they came out of. I had finally found a way to fold clothes and save space so that everything fit just right.
Now, I can quickly find the shirt I’m looking for and the pants I want too. My drawers look like filing cabinets for clothing. When I find what I want, only that comes out of the drawer. No more digging. No more throwing things out of the drawer just find one shirt. My drawers all close nicely too!
To help me find exactly what I’m looking for, I sorted the folded clothing by type and color. All of my t-shirts are in rainbow order, followed by the long-sleeved shirts. I did the same with pants, shorts, and leggings. Getting dressed is a breeze for both my husband and myself.
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Tips to Fold Clothes & Save Space
If you don’t have a clothing folder, I highly recommend getting one! It makes everything come out perfectly and the exact same size, which makes it super easy to put in drawers. If that’s not in the picture for you right now, you can still follow these directions and get the same results. It may just take a few seconds more.
It takes an extra second to fold the clothing, but it saves several minutes when I’m getting dressed in the morning. Plus, my drawers look like an OCD heaven. This way to fold clothes saves space in your drawers and your suit case! It makes it very easy to pack for a trip. The clothes are already folded up small enough that they fit nicely in a suitcase or duffle bag. It also becomes very obvious when it’s time to do laundry.
Space Saving Folding Method
How to Fold T-Shirts
First place the shirt face down and fold the bottom up. This makes everything the same size. Then fold in the sleeves about an inch away from the collar. Next fold the bottom up to the top and then do it again. Put the shirt in the drawer with the fold up. It will look like a filing cabinet of shirts.
How to Fold Long Sleeved Shirts
First place the shirt face down and the couple of inches at the bottom up. Then fold in the sleeves about an inch away from the collar. Fold the sleeves in so that they don’t’ extend past the edge of the folds. Next fold the bottom up to the top and then do it again. Put the shirt in the drawer with the fold up. It will look like a filing cabinet of shirts.
How to Fold Pants, Jeans, & Leggings
First fold the pants in half, so that the legs are together. Then fold the bottom of the legs up to the crotch and the top down over. Now fold the entire thing in half. Put the pants in the drawer with the fold up. Now you have a filing cabinet of pants.
How to Fold Camisoles & Tank Tops
First place the shirt face down. Fold the top of the shirt down about an inch. Then fold in the sides to make it into thirds. Now fold the top down and bottom up to make thirds again.
How to Fold Socks
I prefer to put one sock inside of the other. Folding them down over the top seems to stretch out the elastic that holds it up when I wear it. I then sort them by type and toss them into a fabric box in the closet.
How to Fold Boxer Shorts
First fold them in half twice to make a long skinny rectangle. Then roll them starting at the waistband. I line these up in the shallow drawers at the top of the dresser.
How to Fold Bras
First fold the bra in half so that the cups are together. Then wrap the straps around and put them inside the bottom cup. This allows them to be stacked up in the drawer.
For sports bras, I fold the top down, then fold it into thirds so that the straps are on the inside.
How to Fold Shorts
First fold them in half to make a rectangle Then fold the bottom of the legs up and the top down into thirds. Put the shorts in the drawer with the fold up.