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The fastest way to neatly fold a shirt

Updated on September 21, 2012
Folded shirts
Folded shirts

Folding clothes

Laundry is probably one of my least favorite chores around the house. I really don't like folding clothes because it just seems to take forever to get it done right. I wanted to know if there was an easier way. Not that laundry is difficult but I was curious so I found this really cool technique. It takes five seconds to get a shirt folded nice and neatly. I think it makes folding clothes or at least shirts kinda fun.

what the steps look like
what the steps look like

How to fold your shirt in seconds

Here is how you do it!

  • Lay your shirt out on a flat surface
  • Pinch the top of the shirt on one side right where the sleeve begins
  • With your other hand pinch halfway down the shirt in the same spot(in a straight line)
  • Still holding the top fold your shirt over the other pinched area(let go of that part)
  • Grab the bottom
  • Fold the shirt in half

The result should be a really neat looking folded shirt. It took some practice but once I got it down it was super easy. I tried writing out the instructions the best I could but if they are difficult to understand I put a video below that should help.

Here is a video to help

Different kinds of shirts

This method is best used for T shirts I have tried this with other kinds of shirts and it does not turn out the same but some you can still make work.

Long sleeves

This works just fine this way. I found that if I follow the same steps there is only one problem and that is that the sleeves tend to lump up or hang out. What I do to fix this is to let the sleeves do what ever they want until the rest of the shirt is done. Then I neatly tuck them into the shirt or fold the sleeves to the back.

Cut off sleeves

I though this would be difficult to do with a cut off tee. I found that it is just the same so If you have lots of cut off tees don't worry this method will still work just fine.

Dress shirts

This does not work well for dress shirts. The sleeves can get in the way but the biggest problem I found is that they get wrinkles. Leaving a dress shirt folded this way will help deep wrinkles set in so it is probably just best to use a hanger.

Kids tees

This works well for children's tees. I though it might be difficult to try because of the difference in size but it works just as well as long as it is a T shirt.

Neatly folded shirts
Neatly folded shirts

Saving space

If you try this method out you will see just how much space you can save. This technique leaves your shirts neat and flat. The flatter the shirts the more you can fit into your drawers. I was able to stack five or six tees on top of each other and still close the drawer nicely.

After a while I realized that I preferred to stack my shirts differently to save even more space. More importantly I was able to see what shirt I wanted without making a big mess. If you take the folded shirts place them standing up like in this picture you wont have to refold half your shirts when you pull one out.


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