Space-Saving Folding Techniques for Clothes

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If you're short on storage and have a lot of clothes, use space-saving folding techniques to maximize drawer and closet space. Not only will folding your clothing properly save space, it will keep the items neat-looking and wrinkle-free. Be extra careful when folding bulky, seasonal items such as sweaters, which can easily take up a large amount of precious storage space.

Dapper Dress Shirts

  • If you prefer to fold your dress shirts rather than hang them, make sure they are flat and wrinkle-free. Button up the shirt completely, flip it over, and fold the sleeves in horizontally across the shoulders. Fold each side of the shirt toward the center vertically so that they meet in the center. Fold the shirt in half lengthwise and turn it over before storing in a drawer or on a shelf. Folding shirts in this manner before packing them into a suitcase also results in less wrinkles upon removing them.

Shipshape Sweaters

  • Hanging heavy sweaters will take up too much closet space, so fold and store them on shelves instead. Place the sweater face down on a flat surface. Bring the arms across the back horizontally and fold the left side of the sweater toward the center vertically. Fold the right side toward the center so that the sleeves meet in the middle. Fold the sweater in half once or twice horizontally, depending the garment's length, and turn it over prior to placing it on the closet shelf. If you have more than one sweater to store, neatly stack them.

Pants Perfection

  • Fold pants and jeans that you don't wear often instead of using up hangers in the closet. Smooth down bulky pockets by placing your hands in them to flatten any wrinkled material. Hold the pants by their waistband and fold them back so that their back pockets meet. Place the pants on a flat surface and smooth out any wrinkles with your hands. Fold long pants in thirds, beginning with the bottom, or shorter pants in half. Place the folded pants in a dresser drawer or on shelves in the closet.

Juggling Jackets

  • Fold seasonal jackets that you don't currently use and tuck them onto a closet shelf or in a drawer so they're out of the way. Button or zip the jacket up completely to minimize space. Set the jacket on a flat surface face up and diagonally fold each arm across the chest, so that they cross in the middle. If the jacket has a hood, fold it down over the arms. Fold the jacket in half by bringing the bottom up toward the top.

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