How to Fold (Easy Edition)

The basics of how to fold clothes & more


Folding Guidelines:

  1. Check out the storage space for each category of clothing
  2. Fold clothes into a rectangle or square of the same sizes
  3. Adjust folds so everything can stand up right, side by side horizontally
  4. Display & Store by category
  5. Display & Store by color from light to dark or in rainbow order
  6. Place most frequently used clothes at arms reach
  7. Less used clothes can go higher, lower or towards the back
  8. Switch out clothing every season if you limited closet space

Pants

Women's Pants Step 1: lay flat

Step 1: lay flat

Women's Pants Step 2: Fold one half over other

Step 2: Fold one half over other

Women's Pants Step 3: fold in half

Step 3: fold in half

Women's Pants Step 4: fold 1/3 towards middle

Step 4: fold 1/3 towards middle

Women's Pants Step 5: fold waistband over

Step 5: fold waistband over

Women's Pants Step 1: lay flat Women's Pants Step 2: Fold one half over other Women's Pants Step 3: fold in half Women's Pants Step 4: fold 1/3 towards middle Women's Pants Step 5: fold waistband over

Men's Pants

Step 1: lay flat

Men's Pants Step 2: Fold in half

Step 2: fold one in half and fold inner thigh flap in

Men's Pants Step 3: fold side over in half

Step 3: fold in half

Men's Pants Step 4: fold 1/3 of the way towards middle

Step 4: fold 1/3 towards middle

Men's Pants Step 5: fold waistband over towards middle

Step 5: fold waist band over to create rectangle shape

Men's Pants Men's Pants Step 2: Fold in half Men's Pants Step 3: fold side over in half Men's Pants Step 4: fold 1/3 of the way towards middle Men's Pants Step 5: fold waistband over towards middle

Shorts

Women's Shorts Step 1: lay flat

Step 1: lay flat

Women's Shorts Step 2: Fold one half over other

Step 2: Fold one half over other

Women's Shorts Step 3: Fold inner flat in

Step 3: Fold inner flat in

Women's Shorts Step 4: fold in half

Step 4: fold in half

Women's Shorts Step 1: lay flat Women's Shorts Step 2: Fold one half over other Women's Shorts Step 3: Fold inner flat in Women's Shorts Step 4: fold in half
Men's Shorts Step 1: lay flat

Step 1: lay flat

Men's Shorts Step 2: Fold in half

Step 2: Fold in half

Men's Shorts Step 3: fold inner flap over shorts

Step 3: fold inner flap over shorts

Men's Shorts Step 4: fold 1/3 towards middle

Step 4: fold 1/3 towards middle

Men's Shorts Step 5: fold waistband over

Step 5: fold waistband over

Men's Shorts Step 1: lay flat Men's Shorts Step 2: Fold in half Men's Shorts Step 3: fold inner flap over shorts Men's Shorts Step 4: fold 1/3 towards middle Men's Shorts Step 5: fold waistband over

Shirts

Women's Shirt Step 1: lay flat

Step 1: lay flat

Women's Shirt Step 2: fold in half

Step 2: fold in half

Women's Shirt Step 3: fold sleeves down to get rectangle shape

Step 3: fold sleeves down to get rectangle shape

Women's Shirt Step 4: fold in half

Step 4: fold in half

Women's Shirt Step 5: fold in half again for small rectangle shape

Step 5: fold in half again for small rectangle shape

Women's Shirt Step 1: lay flat Women's Shirt Step 2: fold in half Women's Shirt Step 3: fold sleeves down to get rectangle shape Women's Shirt Step 4: fold in half Women's Shirt Step 5: fold in half again for small rectangle shape
Men's Shirt Step 1: Lay flat

Step 1: Lay flat

Men's Shirt Step 2: fold one half over other

Step 2: fold one half over other

Men's Shirt Step 3: fold sleeves down

Step 3: fold sleeves down

Men's Shirt Step 4: fold in half

Step 4: fold in half

Men's Shirt Step 5: fold in half again

Step 5: fold in half again

Men's Shirt Step 1: Lay flat Men's Shirt Step 2: fold one half over other Men's Shirt Step 3: fold sleeves down Men's Shirt Step 4: fold in half Men's Shirt Step 5: fold in half again

Outerwear

Hoodie Jacket Step

Step 1: Fold hood down over back

Hoodie Jacket Step 2: fold in half

Step 2: fold in half

Hoodie Jacket Step 3: fold sleeves down

Step 3: fold sleeves down

Hoodie Jacket Step 4: fold sleeves to create rectangle shape

Step 4: fold sleeves to create rectangle shape

Hoodie Jacket Step 5: fold 1/3

Step 5: fold 1/3 towards middle (please check storage space! ALTERNATE option: fold in 1/2 instead of 1/3

Hoodie Jacket Step 6: fold to get a square

Step 6: fold to get a rectangle

Hoodie Jacket Step Hoodie Jacket Step 2: fold in half Hoodie Jacket Step 3: fold sleeves down Hoodie Jacket Step 4: fold sleeves to create rectangle shape Hoodie Jacket Step 5: fold 1/3 Hoodie Jacket Step 6: fold to get a square
winter jacket step 1: fold hood down

Step 1: fold hood down

winter jacket Step 2: Fold one half over other

Step 2: Fold one half over other

winter jacket step 3: fold sleeves over to get rectangle shape

Step 3: fold sleeves over to get rectangle shape

Winter jacket step 4: fold to create a square

Step 4: fold in half, to get rectangle shape

winter jacket step 1: fold hood down winter jacket Step 2: Fold one half over other winter jacket step 3: fold sleeves over to get rectangle shape Winter jacket step 4: fold to create a square
Men's Sweater Step 1: lay flat

Step 1: lay flat

Men's Sweater Step 2: fold in half

Step 2: fold in half

Men's Sweater Step 3: fold sleeves down

Step 3: fold sleeves down

Men's Sweater Step 4: fold bottom of sleeves to get rectangle shape

Step 4: fold bottom of sleeves to get rectangle shape

Men's Sweater Step 5: fold 1/3 over towards middle

Step 5: fold 1/3 over towards middle

Men's Sweater Step 6: fold 1/3 toward middle to get rectangle shape

Step 6: fold 1/3 toward middle to get rectangle shape

Men's Sweater Alternate Step 5: fold in half

Alternate Step 5: fold in half

Men's Sweater Alternate Step 6: fold in half to get shorter rectangle shape

Alternate Step 6: fold in half to get shorter rectangle shape

Men's Sweater Step 1: lay flat Men's Sweater Step 2: fold in half Men's Sweater Step 3: fold sleeves down Men's Sweater Step 4: fold bottom of sleeves to get rectangle shape Men's Sweater Step 5: fold 1/3 over towards middle Men's Sweater Step 6: fold 1/3 toward middle to get rectangle shape Men's Sweater Alternate Step 5: fold in half Men's Sweater Alternate Step 6: fold in half to get shorter rectangle shape

Socks

Women's Socks Step 1: lay flat

Step 1: lay flat

Women's Socks Step 2: lay on top of each other

Step 2: lay on top of each other

Women's Socks Step 3: short pairs can be folded in half, for longer pairs fold the toe side 1/3 towards the middle

Step 3: short pairs can be folded in half, for longer pairs fold the toe side 1/3 towards the middle

Women's Socks Step 4: fold top side of long sock over

Step 4: fold top side of long sock over

Women's Socks Step 1: lay flat Women's Socks Step 2: lay on top of each other Women's Socks Step 3: short pairs can be folded in half, for longer pairs fold the toe side 1/3 towards the middle Women's Socks Step 4: fold top side of long sock over
Men's Socks Step 1: lay flat

Step 1: lay flat

Men's Socks Step 2: lay on top of each other

Step 2: lay on top of each other

Men's Socks Step 3: short pairs can be folded in half, for longer pairs fold the toe side 1/3 towards the middle

Step 3: short pairs can be folded in half, for longer pairs fold the toe side 1/3 towards the middle

Men's Socks Step 4: fold top side of long sock over

Step 4: fold top side of long sock over

Men's Socks Step 1: lay flat Men's Socks Step 2: lay on top of each other Men's Socks Step 3: short pairs can be folded in half, for longer pairs fold the toe side 1/3 towards the middle Men's Socks Step 4: fold top side of long sock over

Undergarments

Women's Sports Bra Step 1: lay flat with back facing up

Step 1: lay flat with back facing up

Women's Sports Bra Step 2: fold straps down

Step 2: fold straps down

Women's Sports Bra Step 3: fold in half

Step 3: fold in half

Women's Sports Bra Step 1: lay flat with back facing up Women's Sports Bra Step 2: fold straps down Women's Sports Bra Step 3: fold in half
Women's Panties Step 1: lay flat with back facing up

Step 1: lay flat with back facing up

Women's Panties Step 2: fold bottom towards the top

Step 2: fold bottom towards the top

Women's Panties Step 3: fold side towards the middle 1/3 of the way

Step 3: fold side towards the middle 1/3 of the way

Women's Panties Step 4: fold remaining 1/3 side over

Step 4: fold remaining 1/3 side over

Women's Panties Step 5: flip over and continue with other pairs *pro tip: I stack all my panties on top of each other and then fold them all consecutively*

Step 5: flip over and continue with other pairs *pro tip: I stack all my panties on top of each other and then fold them all consecutively*

Women's Panties Step 1: lay flat with back facing up Women's Panties Step 2: fold bottom towards the top Women's Panties Step 3: fold side towards the middle 1/3 of the way Women's Panties Step 4: fold remaining 1/3 side over Women's Panties Step 5: flip over and continue with other pairs *pro tip: I stack all my panties on top of each other and then fold them all consecutively*
Men's Boxers Step 1: lay flat

Step 1: Lay flat

Men's Boxers Step 2: Fold one half over the other

Step 2: Fold one half over the other

Men's Boxers Step 3: fold in half

Step 3: fold in half

Men's Boxers ALTERNATE Step 3: fold 1/3 towards middle

ALTERNATE Step 3: fold 1/3 towards middle

Men's Boxers ALTERNATE Step 4: fold waistband over

ALTERNATE Step 4: fold waistband over

Men's Boxers Step 1: lay flat Men's Boxers Step 2: Fold one half over the other Men's Boxers Step 3: fold in half Men's Boxers ALTERNATE Step 3: fold 1/3 towards middle Men's Boxers ALTERNATE Step 4: fold waistband over

Thoughts from Nicole

I feel you. Doing laundry is never a task I’m jumping for joy with. As organized as I am there are some days when I’m just too busy or tired to deal with laundry. I let it sit in a basket for a few days and may even grab a piece that I need. This is totally okay! After all, its not about perfection, it’s about functionality!

The key is accepting how you feel and where your things are without feeling guilty. Be mindful that laundry isn’t put away and know that you will get to it when you have the time & energy. Nothing to feel bad about! It happens to us all!

When I do laundry I try to reframe my thoughts toward the task at hand. I find a place where I feel relaxed and comfortable to fold. As I fold I remember how these clothes help protect me from the outside elements. They support me each and everyday. This thought process helps remind me that I should treat my clothes with love and care. They do a lot of work for me so I feel okay folding them neatly and putting them away.

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Organize Clothing

How to organize clothing efficiently

Why is my Closet Clutttered?

  • The closet is too full
  • Most individuals don’t know how to organize clothes

Marie Kondo’s Tidy Order

  1. Tops (shirts, sweaters, etc.)
  2. Bottoms (pants, skirts, etc.)
  3. Clothes to be hung (jackets, coats, suits, etc.)
  4. Socks
  5. Underwear
  6. Clothing for special events (swimwear, uniforms, seasonal, etc.)
  7. Bags (handbags, clutches, totes, etc.)
  8. Accessories (scarves, belts, hats, etc.)
  9. Shoes

Organize Clothing Process

  • Step 1: Pile all clothes in a subcategory
  • Step 2: Double & triple check all clothes in the subcategory are in the pile
  • Step 3: Joy Check
  • Step 4: Fold and test if it stands up right
  • Step 5: Organize by color
  • Step 6: Place vertically in temporary storage

Clothes Tips

  • Remove all tags
  • Take clothes out of package
  • Fold most clothes, hang less
  • See how to fold here
  • Donate clothes at the end

Storage

Once we Joy Check all clothes we will find a forever home for each category.

Hanging Clothes

Every person has a preference for how to display clothes

  • Organize by category: suits, dresses, coats, dress shirts, etc.
  • Organize from dark (left) to light (right)
  • Organize by length: longest (left) to shortest (right)
  • Organize by rainbow

Folded Clothes

Lightest items at the top and heaviest items at the bottom.

  • Top drawers: undergarments, socks, & accessories
  • Middle drawers: shirts, pants
  • Lower drawers: sweaters, jackets, seasonal
  • Organize from dark to light or by color

Bags

  • Store bags inside bags
  • Handles should be visible to identify bags inside
  • Cloth bags can be folded and stored vertically
  • Store bags near clothes, perhaps on the top shelf

Shoes

Store shoes with the lightest items on top and heaviest items on bottom.

  • Top shelf: sandals, flip flops
  • Second shelf: heels
  • Third shelf: running shoes, walking shoes
  • Bottom shelf: boots, rain shoes

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