How To Fold Your Shirts
You might be hastily getting ready for a night out or heading to a business event when you discover that your go-to dress shirt is wrinkled. Maybe you packed your suitcase for a trip to Hawaii only to arrive at your Airbnb and find your entire suitcase in ruins. Of course, the rental has no iron or ironing boards.
If only you had known the best way to fold your shirts before you left home! You probably wish you had kept your drawers as neat and tidy as you keep your kitchen cabinets. If you have ever wondered how to fold your shirts to keep them wrinkle-free and organized, read on.
There are many different ways to fold your shirts, with different methods for everything from dress shirts to t-shirts to Hawaiian shirts for men. You may already have a preference for one way over another! This article will go into detail on the best ways to fold different types of shirts for a variety of occasions.
How To Fold T-Shirts
You probably have drawers full of old t-shirts that you just can’t bring yourself to toss. Maybe they’re old college tees that you wear when you work out or on a lazy Sunday morning. You no longer need to purge them when you begin to run out of drawer space.
There are quite a few ways to fold t-shirts to take up less space. The tried and true method is to fold them into a rectangular or square shape, and then place them in rows on their side. This way, you can see every t-shirt in your drawer with ease. No more having to dig through piles and mess up your folding every time you urgently need your favorite team’s t-shirt for the big game.
The best way to fold your t-shirts is to start by laying your shirt out flat on a hard surface. Then fold it in half, hot dog style, along the length of the shirt. Next, fold the sleeves in towards the body to create a long, thin rectangle. You can then fold that rectangle in half, hamburger style, along the width of the shirt. If you still need a smaller square, you can fold it in half one more time so that it is easy to organize in a drawer.
How To Fold Long-Sleeved Shirts
Whether you have flannel shirts or dress shirts, the process to fold your long-sleeved shirts is the same. This method is excellent for anyone who does not have enough closet space to hang their long-sleeved shirts and wants to store them on a shelf or in a drawer instead.
First, make sure your shirt is clean and buttoned. Lay it button side down and smooth out any folds or wrinkles. You don’t want any wrinkles apart from your intentional folds.
Fold the left sleeve in toward the middle of the shirt and then the right sleeve, so they meet in the center. Then fold the bottom third of the shirt up towards the middle as well. Fold the bottom half of the shirt up toward the top, so that you have a neat square that displays the collar on the front once you flip the shirt over.
This method allows you to create a pile of thin, neatly folded long-sleeve dress shirts that are easily packed or stored. Be sure not to stack your shirts too tall as too much weight can cause excess creasing.
How To Fold Clothes While Traveling
Bloggers and organization experts alike all have their favorite methods for packing a suitcase. Traditionalists may simply fold their clothes like they would at home. Some recommend rolling your clothes to save space or folding your clothes into a bundle, almost like Origami. Others recommend using tools like packing cubes or compression bags to organize your luggage.
The best way to pack is a combination of these methods. Fold your collared or collarless shirts as they are at a higher risk of getting wrinkled. Then layer your clothes in a bundle, with less delicate garments such as socks and boxer briefs in the middle. Place your more delicate clothes like your vintage chic Cuban collared shirt or dress pants on the outside. This method is the best way to prevent wrinkles. This method can make it a bit challenging to find or see all of your clothes when you arrive at your destination.
Rolling tends to create more wrinkles in your shirts, but it does save space, so weigh these pros and cons as you set about your packing process. Another option would be to invest in a travel steam iron or travel clothes steamer to help tidy up disheveled clothes.