The t-shirt, a classic item in every man’s wardrobe, but how to properly store your t-shirts between wears? Well, it turns out there are actually at least four ways to properly store and fold your t-shirts. In today’s, I’m going to teach you all four methods including a trick to fold a t-shirt in less than three seconds.
01.The basic fold.
This is the simple method that most people default to.
Lay the t-shirt out flat face down, fold the shirt in half from left to right.
Then, fold the sleeves in towards the middle.
Now, fold the shirt in half from top to bottom.
You can either stop here or fold it in half again to take up a little bit less room.
The advantage of this method is it’s simple, it’s well-known, and it’s equally useful for storage or travel.
The main disadvantage is you’re likely to have some wrinkles and creases develop where you folded the shirt.
02.The marine roll.
The second method is known as the marine roll also called the army roll.
It’s popular in the military for its efficient use of space.
Lay the shirt out flat face up and then fold the bottom of the shirt up three to four inches.
Smooth out the fabric to minimize wrinkles, then fold the shirt into thirds, start on the left side folding it over the center, then take the left sleeve and fold it back over the center.
You’ll now do the same with the right side bring it over before folding the right sleeve back to the center.
Now, you’re ready to start rolling.
Start at the collar making sure you keep the roll nice and tight.
Once you get to the end, you’ll undo the fold you created at the bottom of the shirt and tuck it over each end of the roll to keep it in place.
This roll takes up very little space, so it’s perfect for small storage spaces or you’re traveling light with a small suitcase.
The disadvantage of the marine roll is it takes more time than all the other methods.
The third method doesn’t require any folding or rolling, you’re simply going to put your shirt on a hanger and place it in your closet.
Make sure though that you use plastic hangers for this.
Wire hangers can cause the dreaded nipple effect which isn’t a great look and you don’t want basically to have to throw your shirts into the dryer or launder them again so that the cotton goes back to its original shape.
The main advantage to using the hanger method is you’re going to avoid the creases and wrinkles that are sometimes caused by folding.
In addition, if you’ve got a closet with a lot of space, this may be a great place to put it versus into a dresser drawer.
The disadvantage of the hanger method is if you have a small closet, it’s going to end up taking a lot of space especially if you have a lot of t-shirts.
And if you travel quite a bit, you’re going to have to take the shirts off the hangers and then fold them.
04.The two-second fold.
Method number four, the two-second fold.
So, this final method creates a great-looking fold so fast it’s practically magic.
Lay the shirt out flat, smoothing it out to remove any wrinkles.
You’re going to imagine two lines; one that goes across the middle of the shirt, one that goes top to bottom between the collar and the sleeve.
Where the lines intersect is going to be point A, the top of the shirt is going to be point B, and the bottom of the shirt is point C. Pinch point A with your left hand.
Make sure to grab both the top and bottom layer of the fabric.
Pinch point B with your right hand, then bring point B down to point C. You will now uncross your arms and lay the shirt face down on the table.
Use the table to fold the shirt until you have an even amount of fabric on each side of the shirt.
If you want, you can fold it again in the middle to take up a bit less space.
With a bit of practice you can become lightning fast with this method.
There is truly no faster way to fold a t-shirt.
There you have it gentlemen, four effective ways to fold and store your t-shirts.