Save shelf or drawer space—and keep your shirts wrinkle-free—with this speedy folding method.

What You Need

  • t-shirt, flat surface

Follow These Steps

  1. Lay shirt flat.
    Working on a waist-high countertop or other similar surface, lay the shirt face up, with the collar at your right.
  2. “Section off” the shirt.
    With your left hand, “draw” an imaginary line from the top of the shoulder furthest from you to the bottom hem of the shirt, about two inches from the top edge. Draw a second line down the middle of the shirt (vertically, from your perspective, across the stomach). Then, with your left hand, pinch the shirt where the two lines intersect. With your right hand, pinch the shoulder that’s on horizontal line.
  3. Cross over your hands.
    While holding the shirt at these two points, cross your right hand over your left wrist, and pinch the bottom hem on the horizontal line. You now have the shoulder and the hem in your right hand and the middle of the shirt in your left. (It will look a little messy when you cross—don’t worry about it.)
  4. Lift and uncross your hands.
    Uncross your arms as you lift the shirt so that it hangs in front of you. Shake out the T-shirt, readjusting your fingers slightly so the shirt hangs down smoothly.
  5. Make your final folds.
    Using the surface, fold the other sleeve under. Fold in half.

    Tip: Fold T-shirts as soon as you remove them from the dryer to minimize wrinkles. Too late for that? Spritz your shirt with Real Simple Clean Wrinkle Release Treatment

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