It seems obvious that here at WAMSW we would talk a lot about clothes that suit your style and your body, but we don’t really talk about what to do with the clothes when they aren’t on your body. I’ve had a lot of different roommates/flatmates during my time at university and it turns out that a lot of people are hopeless when it comes to storing their clothing, men and women alike. Especially in a transitory state of life, like college, part of this might come from a lack of space or proper organization materials, so here is how to make the most of that.
First off, how to fold a t-shirt. Seems simple enough, and I’m sure anyone that has worked retail does it much better than I do, but this is how I fold my shirts to fit more in my fairly small drawers. 1) Fold the shirt in half length-wise. Make sure the edges are all lined up and there aren’t any wrinkles. 2) Fold the sleeves in, so that the shirt is pretty close to rectangular. 3) Fold in half, the other direction this time. I’m going to guess that this is where most people stop, or they might skip step 2 as well. 4) Fold it in half again.
Okay, so are you wondering about step 4; it seems totally unnecessary, but this is actually the step that will help you save space. The trick is to not lay your shirts flat in the drawer. It is a little difficult to put into words, but by standing the shirts up you fit more in each drawer and can now see all of them, not just whichever shirt was on top (most recently worn).
Here is an awkward shot of the inside of one of my drawers. I realize that it doesn’t look as sharp or photo ready as it maybe should, but that’s because this is functional use, that has improved my wardrobe storage by tenfold.
The disclaimer that goes with this sort of folded storage is that it really only works for t-shirts (long or short-sleeved). Sweaters are too bulky and should lay flat. Button-ups should hang, especially if they are dress shirts that require ironing. Things like flannels can be hung or folded, but are also bulky and should probably lay flat. Here is a demonstration on how to fold a button-up, but the same theory applies to all types of sweaters and cardigans.
1) On button-ups and cardigans, do up the top and bottom buttons, along with at least one in the middle. This prevents the shirt from sliding around too much. There is no need to do all the buttons unless you want getting ready to take twice as long. 2) Take one side of the shirt and fold it to the center, lay the sleeve flat over the folded part. If the sleeve is longer than the body of the shirt you can fold it up now. Repeat this on the second side. 3) Fold in half to get a shirt the looks almost as well folded as the ones at the store.
Hopefully this helps keep you organized and your clothes off the floor. Let us know if you’ve come up with a good or innovative way to store your clothes.