Folding Tips – Become a Folding Master!

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I have a confession to make – I have major drawer envy! What you guys may not know is that Chad keeps his drawers perfectly neat and tidy, and I do not. I decided to do something about it once and for all, and I’m taking you along for the ride to learn some awesome folding tips and tricks, so we can all become folding masters!

The Unmentionables

Only because I really trust you all am I allowing you into my bra and underwear drawer. Plus, I know I’m not the only one who has trouble keeping all the essentials tidy – but once we’re done it’s going to look like a drawer in Victoria’s Secret!

I started by pulling everything out. Then I took all my bras and clipped them up and stacked them all together in a nice straight line. Next, my underwear; I took each one and folded it up into a neat little package, and then stacked them as I did the bras. I also used some drawer dividers to keep things in their right place, and make everything easier to see and navigate.

T-shirts and Tank Tops

My shirts were a total mess. I couldn’t see what I had, and every time I needed one I pretty much had to pull everything out. So I started by once again emptying everything out and taking inventory of what I have. Then it was time to get folding. I took each shirt, laid it face down and folded both sides in, then folded it up, and then up again. This third fold is really the trick to getting that beautiful drawer by allowing any prints to be easily viewed so you can see what you have! Amazing, right?!

I did all my t-shirts this way then moved onto tank tops, which I folded in half length-wise and then the same way I folded the t-shirts. I then filed everything away just like folders in a filing cabinet. By folding it this way I freed up a lot of space in the drawer, found shirts I had forgotten about, and created a system which actually allows me to see what I have.

Socks, Socks, Socks

My sock drawer may just be more embarrassing then my bra and underwear drawer! This drawer was a disaster! I decided to try a new method for folding socks from Marie Kondo’s The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up, which I’m sure many of you have read. Her theory is that when you ball up your socks you stretch out the elastics and make it difficult to organize. It also does not give your socks a chance to ‘rest’. So, she suggests placing both socks one on top of the other and then folding them in half and then in half again. I did follow this method after removing all my socks, sorting through them to dispose of old ones or ones that didn’t have a match. After folding them I stacked them the same way I did with the other drawers and once again found that my drawer looked about a thousand times better – and I freed up a lot of space!

Well, I feel a whole lot better after organizing my drawers! I want to know, though, are you going to take on this drawer organizing endeavour? And if you are, do you have any folding tips or tricks that I should know about? Please let me know in the comments below!

Happy Folding!

Melissa Maker is an entrepreneur, cleaning expert, founder of Toronto’s most popular boutique cleaning service, and star of the Clean My Space channel on YouTube (but she still hates to clean!). Every week, Melissa delivers new videos dishing expert advice on cleaning products, tools, DIY substitutes, and practical, timesaving solutions to everyday problems. Melissa has appeared on the Today Show, and has been featured in InStyle, Real Simple, and Better Homes and Gardens.

3 COMMENTS

  1. I am an older bachelor who secretly enjoys your informative video cleaning advice. Even with my wide ranging education background, I learn from you in the cleaner living area. Great advice you share.

  2. Hi Melissa,

    About your wedding dress, I am sure you have some great photos of you wearing it and nobody can take away your memories of you wearing it. To that end, donating it so someone else can have a beautiful dress for her special day would make sense. In keeping anything for sentimental reasons we run the risk of creating sentimental clutter which can be the hardest clutter to clear. Having been there done that.

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