I’ve always dreaded folding laundry, not because it’s particularly difficult, but because it’s just monotonous and time-consuming. So the way that I fold clothing and linens is definitely more about getting it done quickly than getting it done neatly!
I guess that at some point, I had just assumed that folding things neatly would take more time than whatever method I was currently using. And I never had a reason to question that assumption, until a few years ago when I learned a new way to fold a t-shirt quickly AND neatly from a very unlikely source!
To make a long story short, I had gone out to lunch with my nephew Scott who does business in the music industry. We were joined by singer-songwriter Skylar Grey, who Scott was working with at the time. After telling Skylar a little bit about my blog and the purpose behind it (to share “one good thing” every day to help make life easier), she generously offered to share one of her own “good things” with me so that I could pass it on to all of you!
She ended up demonstrating a rather brilliant method for how to fold a t-shirt right there at the table, and it pretty much blew my mind! I hadn’t expected to learn such a brilliant and useful tip while out to lunch, especially from such a famous artist, but it was just one of those happy coincidences in life you couldn’t predict if you tried.
So thanks to Skylar, today the t-shirts in our house are always neatly folded, and it takes me less time to do it than I ever would have thought possible! So here’s how it’s done, so that you can fold all your t-shirts like a pro too! :-)
How To Fold A T-Shirt Like A Pro
Step 1 – Lay It Out Flat
Start by laying the shirt out on a flat surface. Imagine there are two lines on the t-shirt, one that runs horizontally across the center of the shirt, and one that runs vertically down the length of the shirt about one-quarter of the way in from the left side (or halfway between the left side and the vertical center.)
Step 2 – Identify Points A, B, And C
The place where these two imaginary lines intersect will be our “point A.” Directly above that point at the top edge of the shirt is “point B,” while directly below it at the bottom edge of the shirt will be “point C.” (I’m going to attempt to explain this as clearly as possible, but I’ve also included photos and a video to help clarify things!)
Step 3 – Join Points B And C
Pinch point A on the shirt with your right hand, then pinch point B with your left. Cross your left hand over your right to join point B with point C, pinching both of the points together in your left hand.
Step 4 – Uncross Your Arms
With points B and C in your left hand and point A still in your right, uncross your arms to complete the first fold. The left sleeve and bottom section of the t-shirt will be folded at this point and the right sleeve will remain exposed.
Step 5 – Finish The Fold
To finish folding the t-shirt, use the flat surface to help you fold the right sleeve underneath the rest of the shirt. And voila, you’ve just folded a t-shirt like a pro! :-)
It might take a few tries to get the hang of it, but it’s really a lot simpler than it sounds! And once you get arm motions figured out, it shouldn’t take you more than 5 seconds to fold a t-shirt from start to finish!
One of the things I appreciate most about this particular folding method is that it makes for sturdy stacks. (That means no more tottering piles of freshly folded shirts that topple over at the slightest disturbance!) :-) So thanks again, Skylar!
What’s your best laundry folding tip or trick?