I am so thrilled to start this new series at Mama’s Laundry Talk. I hope it will be the first of many to come!
So let’s dig right in with how to properly fold clothes.
We’ll assume you’ve already completed the first step in having a nice, neat closet.
The next step is to properly fold your clothes so they’ll fit in your drawers and on your shelves.
These are some rules to remember when folding clothes:
- Fold clothes to lie as flat as possible.
- Smooth clothes with your hands as you fold.
- Fold clothes so they form a rectangle or square.
- Fold with the same method every time.
You want to fold clothes to lie as flat as possible. Items that still have a bulky look after folding will develop wrinkles (think fitted sheets). Also clothes that are just sloppily folded are wrinkle-prone too. If you’ve gone to the trouble to wash, dry and then fold clothes, you don’t want to have to work at them later to make them look presentable.
Smooth clothes with your hands as you fold. This also helps prevent wrinkles.
Fold clothes so they form a rectangle or square. Items that are folded into odd shapes don’t store easily in a drawer or on a shelf. For example, you want all of your tshirts folded into rectangles. You want all underwear folded into squares, etc. This is so clothes will easily rest on top of each other without sliding everywhere. And also so you can easily see what clothes are available without having to dig to the bottom of the stack. Digging through a drawer or shelf is often how things go awry.
Fold with the same method every time. If you fold with the same method every time you do laundry, your clothes will easily fit into your drawers. It’s almost like a puzzle: you’ll see where the ‘holes’ are in your drawers and then you’re newly folded clothes will go right in that spot. No time spent re-arranging drawers or shelving to make clothes fit.
These 4 rules are so easy to remember. Once you’ve folded a couple of loads using these principles, they’ll become second-nature.
And don’t worry – I’m going to teach you how to fold every item in your wardrobe using these easy guidelines.
You’re going to love your results.
I’d love to see a post on how to fold pants. Is there a different way to fold women’s pants versus men’s pants, for example? My wife insists on folding my pants in half (down the zipper) and then putting them over a hanger; I prefer to fold them according to the crease that runs on the front/back of the pants and then put them on the hanger. I even do this for jeans (which don’t have a crease). Thoughts?
Hmmm. Fabulous idea for a post.
I do think there is a difference for folding men’s and women’s pants.
I’ll try and get a post up for it in the next few days.
How do you fold a dressing gown?
Like a night gown you would wear to bed? If so, I’ve got a post in the works. 😉