Monday, December 1, 2014

Great T-Shirt Folding & Storage

T-Shirt File Storage
December 1, 2014

Shirts folded and stored in a drawer like a filing cabinet
T-Shirt File Storage

I’ve been using this technique for folding and storing all of my t-shirts and tank tops.  If you are like me, you also have an addiction to the TeeFury, Unamee, Once Upon a Tee websites to name a few (very few).  I’m currently storing all of these shirts in a plastic 3-drawer cart.  Because the drawers of  this cart are larger than a standard dresser drawer, I’m able to keep 30+ shirts each in drawer.  The “new” way I keep my shirts only gives me room for a few more than the old way, but I usually keep more shirts on the empty space on the right side of the drawer, but they face a different direction.  The absolute best thing about storing your shirts this way, is that you can see every single shirt at once.  You wouldn’t believe the number of shirts I “discovered” when I started using this system.

I found this idea from a few Pinterest posts, but so many of them required a folding board.  Seriously?!  Who the hell has the time for that?  If I was using the board, I would have given up this system after the next laundry day.  This “new” uses the same number of folds I made before, but I used to only fold in the sleeve and stack the shirts on top of each other.  Technically, I could still use my “old” way of folding and just place the shirts in the drawers the “new” way, but my addiction requires as much space as possible. 

 The drawer shown is 19 1/4" W x 13 1/2" D x 7 1/4" H.

First, I refolded all of the shirts which were currently in the drawer to demonstrate the “old” way I folded and stored my shirts.  There are 25 shirts shown in the drawer.  The Doctor Who/ Harry Potter shirt used in the demonstration (it's the shirt on the top left stack in the first photo below) measures when folded: (old way) 9"W x 7"D x 1" H.

Fold your shirt in half lengthwise as shown:

Fold the sleeve side over until the edge of the sleeve is at the edge of the first fold (center of the shirt).  

Top Edge of the sleeve touches the edge of the first fold

Fold the shirt in half.

Fold the shirt in half again. The shirt folded like this measures: 7"W x 7"D x 1" H.

I usually flip the side the sleeve is on to keep the columns from being lop-sided in the drawer since the sleeve side will be bulkier.

This technique also works for long-sleeve t-shirts, but requires one additional fold.

The same 25 shirts folded and stacked the new way in the same drawer with room for more shirts.

When several shirts are missing from the drawer, they still tend to stand upright, but if both columns have several shirts missing, I will grab some from one to fill the other.  Then when I replace those shirts, they are easy to place in the shorter column. 

I really like that I can see all of the shirts at once, but if I’m still not sure what a shirt has on it, I can easily check them like I would files in a file cabinet. 


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