If you watch Marie Kondo’s show, you probably envy the famed clutter slayer’s ability to tidy up any space. We’re here to help!
Organise your closet and streamline that unpopular chore of folding laundry with these quick, tried and tested methods for folding t-shirts.
A method straight from Japanese closets
Although at first glance the Japanese method seems like black magic, you are actually able to apply this technique to your closet as well! Of course, it takes time to master, but once you get the hang of it, you’ll be able to fold a t-shirt in as little as three seconds!
To get started, lay the t-shirt on a flat surface and carefully smooth out the fabric. Next, grab the t-shirt near the top edge at ¼ width with your left hand, and parallel your right hand at stomach level. The right hand is to pinch the fabric. What to do now Clockwise, move your left hand under your right hand and grasp the bottom of the t-shirt.
Don’t be alarmed if the shirt looks squished, it’s only temporary. Now flip your hands back over, pick up the garment and shake to get rid of all the folds on the fabric. Finally, it is left to lay the shirt down and fold it in half. The Japanese method may seem complicated, but in the end, practice makes perfect, right?
Method by Marie Kondo
The extremely popular Marie Kondo program has encouraged many of us to get up off the couch and reorganize the space around us. One of the elements of the famous method according to Marie Kondo is an interesting way to fold and store clothes in such a way as to save space in the closet and get rid of creases on the fabric
Where to start First, lay the T-shirt out on a flat surface with the print facing downwards. Then, fold the edges of the t-shirt into each other and bend the sleeves if they overlap. When the t-shirt resembles a rectangle, grab the bottom edge and fold the t-shirt in half and then three more times into equal parts. Clothes folded this way are best stored in a closet or drawer vertically, one next to the other.
The method of our mothers and grandmothers
Who said that what is classic and traditional is bad? The classic folding of shirts can also equate to a quick method that keeps your clothes from taking up a lot of space in your closet. You may not realize that it is the classic system that you use when folding your clothes, but… you most likely do! It is also the method that is used in most clothing stores. Do you think that the shop assistants magically and instantly fold your clothes? In reality, there is nothing difficult about it.
Start by laying the shirt flat so that the front lies on the bottom. Align it carefully to get the result without any creases – this is very important. Next, you need to fold the shirt ¼ of its width inwards – don’t skip the sleeves when doing this! Fold the other side in the same way, and fold the resulting rectangle in half. The result? An even cube with a collar on top. Simple and effective, it keeps your closet tidy and your shirts crease-free.
Do you know how to roll up your clothes or bed linen? This method was also popularized by Marie Kondo in her popular program. It would seem that rolling up your clothes will not end well for you. When you pull out such a shirt, you probably expect creases, not to mention how much space it must take up in the closet.
However, it turns out that rolling up a T-shirt really works perfectly, especially for those who love minimalistic solutions. Fold the T-shirt as you would with the Mari Kondo method. However, the final step is not to fold the T-shirt in half, but to roll it up.
Not convinced? There are more methods for quickly folding shirts that will make your clothes take up little space in your closet or suitcase. For example, simply fold a t-shirt symmetrically in half, joining the sleeves together. Then fold it once more, but along the width of the shirt. The final step? Rolling the sleeves inward. And you’re done!
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