How To Fold and Organize T-Shirts

I get lots of questions from clients for tips and techniques for keeping clothes organized in closets and drawers, including ways to handle the oodles of t-shirts collected from concerts and work conferences.

Does this t-shirt drawer belong to someone you know?

Here’s what it can look like in just 20 minutes:

A tidbit of information I share with clients during a closet organizing consultation: The way items are hung and folded makes a HUGE impact on how neat they look, accessible they are, and HOW MANY will fit into their allotted space. For more about hanging clothes, see my CLOSET ORGANIZING BLOG. For now we’re going to focus on folding and organizing t-shirts.

Simple steps to neatly fold t-shirts:

Let’s start. Choose one t-shirt and lay it down on a flat surface. Smooth out any wrinkles.

TIP: Cotton t-shirts have less wrinkles when fresh out of the dryer. To quickly de-wrinkle, pop them in for 8-10 minutes on a medium or high setting. Or iron them.











Next, choose what side of the t-shirt you want to see when folded. This will help the owner to know what’s what so she can go right to it in the drawer. In this case, we want to see the front design of the shirt since there’s nothing on the back.

Once you’ve chosen the side of the t-shirt you want to see, put that side face down.









Next, fold one side of the shirt over.









Then the other side.









Then do one nifty little fold at the bottom (about 4 inches).









Next, fold the remaining of the shirt up in half.









Then fold that up and in half once more.









Turn it over, and you have a neatly folded t-shirt!









Now he looks good enough to join his friends.









Let’s do this one more time.

Choose a t-shirt. This is the backside, which we want to see once folded:









So we turn it over, and start folding on the side we don’t want to see.









Fold one side over.









Then the next.









Fold the bottom up about 4 inches (give or take, depending on the size of the person. We’re working with a men’s size large here).









Next, fold the remaining t-shirt up in half.









Then fold that up in half again, turn it over, and you have a neatly folded t-shirt.









Place t-shirts back in the drawer by color or style, plain or printed, whichever suits your fancy. You can also use baskets to store your neatly folded t-shirts on closet shelves or under the bed. Maintain the neatness of the drawer or basket by folding t-shirts in this manner when fresh out of the dryer.

Does keeping your t-shirt drawer neat and organized seem unrealistic to you?  Practice makes improvement. Getting organized is a process, a “lifestyle change” that develops and improves over time with regular commitment, much like eating healthy and getting physically fit. Organize a drawer or entire chest of drawers using the simple process of “zone” organizing I explain in this blog. I had a groovy time organizing this t-shirt drawer, thanks for visiting!

An organized t-shirt drawer









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