Houzz TV: Try This Cool Way to Fold and Stack T-Shirts

Houzz TV: Try This Cool Way to Fold and Stack T-Shirts

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Houzz TV: Try This Cool Way to Fold and Stack T-Shirts

One of the biggest challenges with organization is consistency. In this episode of Houzz TV, New York organizer Jeanie Engelbach shares her method for turning a jumble of T-shirts into crisp, tidy stacks ready for the dresser drawer. She also teaches her trick of creating cascading stacks so you can always see all your shirts and quickly find the one you need.

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lyndian

We've had this for years, Even my husband enjoys folding T-shirts with it. Can't recommend it enough. I then fold them in half and "file" them standing upright in the drawer and any logos or designs then show for easy selection.

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Leisa Rich

First world solutions!

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sognoibiza

First world solutions is right! Giving Europeans another reason to think Americans lazy.

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cheakamus

Where do you store the folding board?


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kkaccordion
I might just get one. Normally I'd roll T shirts but she made this look so polished and fun. Maybe it's that cool apartment that lures me in!
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silviakunst
How great is that !????? I love it ...where do I buy it ?
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lbasle

In the time it takes to lay the T-shirt on the board I've already folded it!


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crashdaisy
I have this technique where I just fold the t-shirts and put them in a drawer. I learned it from my mother, a lazy American of European descent. we love to sit around in our t-shirts and make flippant remarks against Europeans. it makes us feel special.
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bethiniowa

I always wondered how mall retail stores got their t-shirts to look so sharply folded. I'm one of those people who can't fold a shirt neatly to save my life -- the kind of person mall store employees have to follow around, refolding anything I've touched. I usually avoid those stores just because I feel I bad messing up their perfect displays....

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efpico

OMG - NO! never in a million years would I use something like that - LOL

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akashic

Marie Kondo Folding Method : https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Lpc5_1896ro

Another approach....

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Paula Wiley

I don't like the creases in my t-shirts so I hang them. I really don't like ironing the creases out of my sweaters before each wearing, so I fold them with tissue paper in between the folds. It takes a few seconds longer but is way quicker than ironing and better for the fabric.

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Lynne Brown

I thought everyone folded like this....too many years in retail for me, I guess - LOL

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Melody Prosser

I much prefer the Marie Kondo method of folding clothing. All that layering of the tee shirts in drawers wastes too much precious storage space. Marie's method is to fold them in a similar manner but keep folding until they can stand up on their own. They can be stacked from thr front of the drawer to the back and you can see at a glance what you have. I can tell you from my own experience that you can fit a lot more clothes into storage with Marie's method of folding clothes AND they have less wrinkles in them this way, provided you don't cram them in tightly. As a result I have a lot of empty space in my drawers which I didn't have when I used the method above.

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kjziebell

As described by Melody above...sideways.

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quatorze

I learned to self-valet from a great uncle, who told me the age of servants was dead and we had to learn to fend for ourselves. The tricks (no board needed) he taught me on folding clothes for travel, including blazers and suits, can be found in an old book written by an English butler, Ager's Way To Easy Elegance, which can be found here on Amazon:

https://www.amazon.com/Agers-easy-elegance-Stanley-Ager/dp/0672526654/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1477836489&sr=8-1&keywords=ager%27s+way+to+easy+elegance

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barbweinstock
Seems like it's quite a process to fold a shirt...
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dutchydawg
US Army taught me the right way to fold shirts and my drawers always look good. This would just slow me down!
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forensica

Marie Kondo for me. I have been folding her way for about 4 years now. Works perfectly. It is very quick and my kids don't make a mess in thier drawers any more.

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Chavey52

Hum, aren't those T-shirts at the bottom of the stack getting smashed against the back of the drawer and wrinkled?


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samantha st. julian

Great ideas! AND it would be so much easier to hear her tell us about it if the music were lower, or better yet - no music. Thanks!

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1910hath

This is neat, but if you haven't rolled your tshirts and stacked them on end, then you haven' gotten full use of your drawer space. Fold in half end to end. Fold sleeve over. Roll from tail end to neck. Makes a roll about five inches tall by 4 inches in diameter. Stacked on end I get 72 easy to identify shirts in a typical drawer.

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iamdeedee

I've never seen a folding board in a store. Where does one find these? Walmart? The container Store?

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4701kalm

I have one of these and currently it is in my "donate" pile. Since I have right sized my wardrobe, I hang all my tshirts and that way don't have more than I need/wear.

I think what is missed is that spending time organizing too much stuff is not a cure for owning too much stuff. Plenty of room to hang the shirts as I do not have an inventory that exceeds my needs. Think about it!!

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Chris Kuenning

I have one and I love it. If I fold my t-shirts the old fashioned way, I can't get them uniform. I love the look in my drawers - uniform and even. I guess to each their own.

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dnpmedia

I made my own with a sheet of craft gator board & duct tape (for the "hinges"). Works great.

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wnec1
Worked in retailing for years in clothing. Had folding boards with 2 companies. However, I learned so many folding techniques, I too can fold shirts faster than a speeding bullet, and without the board.
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kristensolomon

Are you serious? Who has such little laundry and so much time to fold it like this?

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susanhm
Bed bath and beyond sells the folding boards
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beverleyc

Yes it is a first world problem but you know I live in a first world country and it has four seasons and I need to have clothes that work for the weather. Not too many clothes mind you but enough that you need storage space. I do not use a folding board, I fold the way I was taught many years ago - fast and simple.

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mandjdai

The problem with folded and stacked t-shirts, is that my husband and son would inevitably decide they wanted that shirt at the bottom of the stack, and pull everything apart to get to it. Or, get to it and realize that wasn't the one they wanted after all. And, you don't think they were about to put everything back nice and neat, do you? Their preferred method was to stuff shirts into the drawer any which way...the tighter the better, and wrinkles be darned. I ran across this fast fold method that solves many issues; it doesn't require laying the shirts out to fold, it saves TONS of of room in the t-shirt drawer, cuts down on wrinkling, and makes it much easier to see which shirt was which. I adjusted this method just a tad by rolling (from neckline down) as a last step. This roll always winds up showing any logo/printing on the front of the shirt so you can see what you're reaching for. The real miracle of this method is that when I showed my husband/son, they easily mastered it, and wound up admitting they liked this...and did it on their own!! As for me...well I prefer to hang up all my t-shirts. And yes, let's file all this under "first world problems".

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=u6n3lq3PhAU 

You want to pay attention to his variation in this video.

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oinklesam

so where can you get a folding board

   
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dvd94

seriously!!!?? lol! I'm amazed that so many people think this level of perfection is a 'look what I've been missing!?". :-) I think this might be a consideration for some serious counseling -- just kidding! :-)

   
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E Tro
I learned to fold tee shirts from Martha. truly....she learned how in a VERY serious place. It works.
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eblkite

From personal family experience, this is a wonderful tool for someone who has motor difficulties affecting their hand/s.

   
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Farzana Molvi

I think it's too time consuming, you need a table to do this too. Also the cascading of t-shirts is also a no go if you want wear the shirt that is somewhere at the bottom.

   
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Martine

Wow guys (lovely people of houzz)... really??! an article about folding clothes with a folding board... I would expect a bit more from you guys... But anyway, some people seem to enjoy it, and others are somewhat having a similar reaction to mine (huh?? what was that!!)

   
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nikavt

I learned this years ago by watching Sheldon Cooper fold his shirts on The Big Bang Theory!

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itsmeleisa

If you served in the military you don't need this. Folding shirts into 8x8" squares was ingrained into you.



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Delora Dickey

I hang my husband's casual T-shirts, but fold the T-shirts he wears under his dress shirts. Basically, I hand-fold the same way this board does, albeit a small variation. They come out smaller, taking up less space in a drawer. My adult children/grown grandchildren tease me about being so particular, but honestly, folks, what does it take? Maybe 5-6 seconds per T-shirt? Times 5 shirts for the work week = 30 seconds to have a beautiful, neat stack in the drawer. Trust me...you won't miss the 30 seconds per week. If you're too lazy to do a neat job, it's OK. Own it and admit it. But please don't tell me you don't have the "time".

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cadred46_gar1

It's easy to do this without a board--I've always folded shirts this way and stacked them this way.


   
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Annette Barletta

I have these boards upstairs and downstairs. Super. I wish I could find that Bronx tee shirt!

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Lauretta Compton

Are you kidding me? I've been doing that same kind of folding for years without any tools and mine turn out just fine. And with enough shirts to fill an entire drawer lengthwise, store them upright so easy to see what's what without stacking one at a time.

   
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chukutgal

Roll them like was shown on Houzz about 6 months ago by the woman who wrote the book on organization - I believe a Japanese young lady. Works like a charm and you fit sooooo much more in the dresser drawers.

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Alison R

@silviakunst

You can buy the shirt folding board on Houzz right here!

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Annette Barletta

Got mine at HSN. But the Houzz price is pretty good.


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Annette Barletta

To all the above non-believers, the procedure can be quite zen.

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Citizen Bob

Pretty cool

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Inza Singh

amazing!! I'm from trinidad, where can I get this contraption?? Need one because hussy and kids like Tshirts

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Sheila Schmitz
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calkelley

I love pliio! A little fabric piece - look it up. Not very expensive on clearance at BB&B, quick, easy, non wrinkled t-shirts. Easy to id, file, and,very important, grab without messing all the others. I can fit about 20 into my smallish drawer. I stack one row sideways, the other lengthwise


   
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calkelley

If you click on the above pic, you'll see a better shot. That's a horrible compression !