Saturday, January 31, 2009

Folding clothes

If you like the look of tidy shelves, and tidy drawers in your wardrobe, then folding your clothes the right way will make a big difference. The best advice I can give you is to try and fold similar items to the same size. That way they will make a nice stack. But folding clothes well is also important to keep laundered clothes from creasing and needing re-ironing.

I wish I could say that I was some kind of a folding genius, but truthfully, I've just been sad enough to search the Internet and various books for folding techniques and learnt how to do them. Some of the methods below I have learnt from some clever online videos made by Linda Koopersmith from the Beverly Hills Organizer website where you too can see some of her videos, it's a great resource. Also, I would hate to be accused of plagiarism, so I'd rather confess to nicking these ideas than claim them as my own.

See this pile of clothes?
I'm going to show you how to fold each one of these items and pack them away nicely... so get your pile of laundry ready to try these ideas for yourself. Some of the folding methods might seem obvious to some, but I hope there is also something new here for you.

I'm starting with the intimates to get them out the way first...

Bras are relatively easy to fold, it's really just about tucking the straps and stacking them in the right sized container.
Start off by folding the bra in half, then fold the waist strap in by half.
Fold the waist strap in again so that it tucks into the cup.

Now fold down the straps.
Make sure all the straps are neatly tucked into the cup.And stack in a container wide enough for a single row of bras.
Pants (or panties if you like)

My intention really never was to show my pants on my blog, but for you dear reader I'm using a new freshly laundered pair (and creased I know, because of course I don't iron them!). This method can be applied to men's underpants and ladies bikini bottoms too. Start off with the pant bum down. Fold the one side in and over again so that it makes a straight line on the left.

Fold the other side in the same way until you end up with a rectangle. Fold the crotch area up, and fold down the waistband. That gives you a nice shape square shape to put into an organising box or stack up in a drawer.


These are especially for Ivy and Judy.
Start off with both socks on top of one another. Fold in the heel, then fold the sock in half. That leaves you with a clean rectangular shape.

Fold the rectangular shape in half again. That's basically how you fold socks, and now you can stack them up in a drawer organiser, or a cardboard box that's the width of your folded socks.

Or, you could take the cuff of the sock on the outside, and pull it over the sock. But remember to keep the tidy square shape as you pull the cuff over rather than forming a ball of crumpled socks. I know that they say this stretches the cuffs of the socks, but I've never noticed any misshapen socks yet. I prefer to do it this way because it's easy for Mr. L to keep them tidy.

Vets and Sleeveless tops
I'm demonstrating both at the same time, because the method is the same for both.

Fold the top part where the straps are down, leaving you with a rectangular shape.

Then fold the left side in a third of the way.

Fold the other right side over making a long rectangle.

Now fold the bottom of the top upwards so that the folded part is a square.

Keep folding upwards in a rolling motion until you end up with a square shape.

This method works well for stacking in drawers or organisers.

Once again, this is more or less the same idea, however there are the sleeves that also need folding in.
Fold the jumper to the right by a third, then fold the sleeve downwards to be parallel to the folded side.

Do the same on the other side, and start folding upwards as you would with a vest.

Fold the trousers in so that the seams in the legs match up, all on top of one another.

Once you have the trousers laid out flat fold them upwards in half, then in half again.

And voila! You have a neatly folded pair of trousers that can be stacked on a shelf.

That's it for now, as you can see the basics of good folding comes down to trying to get a rectangular or square shape (so fold all the awkward straps and shapes out the way first), once you have that, it's a case of folding in thirds or halves. I hope you've enjoyed the folding lessons. Most of these methods (except for the trousers) work best for drawer storage, but don't forget that I have a video clip to show how to fold a t-shirt so that they stack nicely on a shelf from a previous post.

I hope you all have a lovely weekend. Feel free to send me any photos of your tidy wardrobes! I'd love to put up a collection of 'inspiring wardrobe' photos in time for Spring.


Lesley (Notesfrommydays) said...

well I think you are a folding genius if only for collating all the information and putting it all in once place :-) thank you!
Lesley x

Ivy said...

Niiiice! You know, folding techniques excite me. Why is this? Maybe because it's inspires to be neat and tidy? I can't wait to fold socks tonight while sipping a glass of red wine. Hahaha! :)

MelMel said...

Love are Anthea Turner!!!!!
In fact youir better than her!

I love your blog!xxxx

Judy said...

Good timing!! I"m cleaning out my drawers tomorrow and folding things the right way!! I love neatly folded clothes and I'm so excited now that if it wasn't so late I'd get started. Morning is soon enough though. Thank you!!

Clairey said...

I am in awe of your folding and general organisational skills!

Mamma Lalla said...

Well ........ you are teaching your mom folding techniques!! You have inspired me to get stuck to reorganize my cupboards. Proud of you! Luv ma x

Debbies-English-Treasures said...

Hello swettie,

Just a quick note to let you know that your parcel has arrived SATURDAY MORNING!
I have decided NOT to open it, until you receive mine!
I`m trying very hard not to open it!
I hope I can resist to temptation!
I have posted yours Saturday morning!
Sorry for the one day delay! Ophs!
I will come back tomorrow to catch up with your lovely posts!
And please forgive me for not letting you know sooner!
I had a busy weekend!
Much Love,
Debbie Moss

Debbies-English-Treasures said...

Once again, YOU have gave us so many wonderful tips!
I`m super amazed the way you have folded your jumpers and vests!
I`m definately, NOT doing it right!
Need to retify this!
Thanks one again,
Debbie Moss

P.S- Sorry!
I will give it a pass at showing you my wardrobe!
Unless, you want a photo of, how NOT to fold your clothes!

Debbies-English-Treasures said...

Once again, YOU have gave us so many wonderful tips!
I`m super amazed the way you have folded your jumpers and vests!
I`m definately, NOT doing it right!
Need to retify this!
Thanks one again,
Debbie Moss

P.S- Sorry!
I will give it a pass at showing you my wardrobe!
Unless, you want a photo of, how NOT to fold your clothes!

A note on perfection

Many of the posts featured on this blog are about doing household chores the correct, or so to say perfect way. My intention is not to make readers feel that the way they are running their households are wrong. So if making the bed, or ironing shirts in a certain way doesn't fit your lifestyle, do not feel guilty about it. But by learning the correct way of doing things it might just come in handy for those times when special guests are staying, or when you need to iron that shirt perfectly for a job interview. So enjoy the learning, but skip the guilt and LOVE your homes. x

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