How to fold a t-shirt

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If you want neat drawers, you gotta know how to fold your clothes. Linda Koopersmith, The Beverly Hills Organizer, demonstrates the proper way to fold a t-shirt.

How to fold a t-shirt

The secret to organized drawers and shelves starts with properly folded clothes. To fold a t-shirt properly:

  • Lay the t-shirt flat with the front face down.
  • Find the neckline on the shirt. This is where you will want to fold to from the sides.
  • Fold the shirt from the side to the center. Make a nice fold where the neckline starts.
  • Smooth it out.
  • Fold the sleeve back toward the outside fold.
  • Repeat this process for the other side.
  • From the bottom of the shirt fold it in half, making the neckline and the bottom of the shirt level.
  • Depending on the depth of the drawer you may fold the shirt in half one more time.
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Hi, I’m Linda Koopersmith, the Beverly Hills Organizer, for howdini.com.

Now I know all the shelves and drawers in your house are probably a mess. But the secret to well-organized drawers starts with the fold. So I’m going to show you how to fold a t-shirt.

A simple t-shirt is pretty easy to fold if you know how to do it the right way. My goal is to make sure that all the t-shirts are the same width in the drawer. And it starts with the actual neckline. As you can see right here, there’s a little line here, and a little line here, and this is where we want to fold to. So let’s turn, take the t-shirt and fold it over, making a nice, straight edge coming down. And I also like to just smooth it out; it almost gives it just a little bit of an ironing touch. Then the cap sleeve I’m going to turn back. I’m going to do the same thing to the other side, folding it over right to the edge of that neckline, and smoothing out the t-shirt, and folding this sleeve back. Then the other thing I want to do, is I want to fold to the depth of my drawers.

So the next step is to take the t-shirt and fold it in half, making the neckline and the bottom of the shirt level, smoothing it again, and then, depending on the depth of the drawer, I’ll go ahead and fold it in half one more time. Now did you know that a t-shirt, by itself, will stand up? So can you imagine, when your drawers are filled, and all your shirts are the same width and color coordinated, how beautiful that’ll be?

I’m Linda Koopersmith for howdini.com.

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  • Linda Koopersmith

    Linda Koopersmith Home Organizer Linda Koopersmith, the Beverly Hills Organizer, has helped thousands of clients organize their homes and offices. She co-hosted Clean House on the Style Network for three years. more about this expert »

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