Published on february 8, 2019

How To: Fold Long-Sleeve Shirts Like a KonMari Master

written by Team thredUP

Disclosure: Marie Kondo and her KonMari method are not affiliated with thredUP.

As a thrift and consignment store, we LOVE the Marie Kondo effect. Not just because we’ve been receiving some amazing KonMari’d goodies (check them out!), but because the KonMari method has also helped us crush our spring cleaning game at home. As you decide what stays and what goes during your spring cleanout, we’ve got some KonMari-approved tips for making space for items that spark joy. Read on!

While it would be nice if we could just toss all our shirts in a drawer and have them magically fold themselves into neat rows of bliss, that’s not going to happen. The next best thing is taking a page from Marie Kondo’s book and learn how to fold them correctly. Not only will they fit nicely in your drawer, but you’ll be able to see them all at a glance. No more digging to the bottom to find the one you’re looking for!

Learn some of our favorite tricks for folding long-sleeve shirts for frequent wear, travel, and off-season storage.

How to Fold a Long-Sleeve T-Shirt

Folding long-sleeve T-shirts might seem like a simple endeavor, but there’s a method to the madness. After all, a quick fold can lead to wrinkles and create extra ironing work. Fortunately, you can fold long sleeve T-shirts expertly with just a few simple steps.

Keep It Simple for Everyday T-Shirt Storage

Possibly the easiest folding method you can try, this simple technique will save you time. Try it when you’re in a hurry or have a full laundry basket to tackle in a short period of time.

how to fold long sleeve t shirts

  1. Lay a long sleeve T-shirt down in front of you and place it face-down.
  2. Fold the T-shirt in half so that the left sleeve is perfectly positioned atop the right sleeve. Smooth the T-shirt with your hands to remove wrinkles if necessary.
  3. Fold the sleeves on top of the T-shirt’s torso to create a rectangle.
  4. Fold the T-shirt in half or in thirds to fit the size of your drawers or shelves.

How to Fold a Long-Sleeve Dress Shirt

Many people opt to hang up their dress shirts in the closet, but for others, folding these shirts and blouses is a smarter choice. If most of your professional wardrobe consists of non-iron or wrinkle-free button-down shirts, fold away.

Flip and Fold Long-Sleeve Dress Shirts

This method is slightly more advanced than simply folding your shirts in half, but it’s essential for dress shirts. After all, button-up shirts have extra details and more structure than T-shirts do. To keep the collars of your dress shirts intact and to minimize wrinkles overall, try the flip and fold method. For even smoother edges and an easier time creating uniform folds, consider investing in a FlipFOLD board.

how to fold button down dress shirts

  1. Place the button-down shirt down and smooth out any wrinkles by hand.
  2. Flip the button down shirt, so that the back of the shirt is lying upwards.
  3. Fold the left sleeve towards the center of the shirt.
  4. Now fold the right sleeve towards the center of the shirt as well. The two should meet at the center of the shirt.
  5. Fold the bottom third of the shirt up.
  6. Now, bring the bottom half of the shirt up so that it meets the shoulders of the shirt.
  7. Turn the shirt over and admire your handiwork.

How to Fold a Long-Sleeve Sweater

Sweaters can be the trickiest things to fold. Not only do you have to manage those long sleeves and minimize wrinkles, but you’ll also want to reduce bulk as much as possible.

Try the KonMari Method for Storing Sweaters

To save even more space, especially when storing sweaters, many style experts recommend using the KonMari method. This technique is designed to minimize clutter and ensures that there’s a designated spot for each piece of clothing, even when it comes to bulky items like sweaters. Follow these steps to execute the KonMari method perfectly.

how to fold sweaters

  1. Place a sweater in front of you, and ensure that it’s completely flat.
  2. Flip the sweater around so that the back of the sweater is facing upward.
  3. Fold the left quarter of the sweater inward, and fold the arm back onto the left side of the sweater.
  4. Then do the same for the right side. The two halves should meet neatly at the center, and the sweater should form a neat rectangle.
  5. Fold the top third of the sweater down toward the bottom edge.
  6. Repeat this process two more times, folding the sweater inward on itself. Stop when the sweater can easily stand up on its side or when it can’t continue to fold and maintain its shape.

Whether you need to save space in your closet, you have to pack for a trip, or you want to store clothes during the off-season, these tips will show you the best way to fold your long-sleeve tops (and UP your life in the process). Remember: tidy closet, tidy mind.

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