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    You Don't Have To Work At The Gap To Fold Your T-Shirts Like A Pro

    None of which are the KonMari Method. Sorry, Marie.

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    If you’re going to the gym, what do you wear? A T-shirt. Going to sleep? A T-shirt. Off to a casual brunch to show off your whimsical, ironic love of a band from 20 years before you were born? Yep, that’s right: You’re putting on a T-shirt.

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    Whether you favor overpriced vintage tees or are a connoisseur of the Hanes five-pack, the T-shirt is ubiquitous and eternal. Just as omnipresent, however, is the mess derived from owning too many tees. Recreating that pristinely folded look of a freshly store-bought shirt can be near impossible after the first wear and wash. Until now!

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    After deconstructing T-shirt displays all over the mall and asking the advice of expert-folding employees at places like The Gap, Uniqlo, and Anthropologie, we gathered some of the most effective ways to fold (and store) your tees. None of them are Marie Kondo’s wildly popular method, because, well, there’s a whole show for that. Instead, we’ve rounded up a few ways to fold a tee that you might not already know. Even when you’re not wearing them, your shirts are gonna look good.

    The Double-Shoulder Method

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    You can see this method in action throughout many retail chain T-shirt stacks, just with a bit more care and precision than you may be used to at home.

    1. Hold your shirt up with the front of the shirt facing you with your middle finger gripping the front of the shoulders and index finger gripping the back of the shoulder.

    2. Use your index finger as a marker for where to fold.

    3. Continuing to hold the shirt up, use your middle fingers to fold each sleeve and side of the shirt inward across the back of the T-shirt, folding where your index finger is. This can be done on each side simultaneously. Once completed, the shirt sleeves and sides will be touching but do not need to be crossed over one another.

    4. Lay the partially folded shirt on a flat surface, with the front facing down and the collar closest to you.

    5. Gripping the end of the shirt closest to you, fold the shirt in half and align the collar with the shirt’s bottom hem. This will result in a folded rectangle of your T-shirt facing outward.

    Storage Tip: Feel free to start stacking your tees. Or fold it in half again if you’re dealing with limited horizontal space. If you’re feeling creative, fold the shirt in half once again, but then roll from the bottom so it can be easily displayed in your drawer.

    The Burrito Roll

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    Who doesn’t love a good burrito? Sometimes also referred to as the “Military Roll” or the “Ranger Roll,” this method keeps tees folded extra tight and can be perfect for conserving room or packing a suitcase. It’s also a little more forgiving if you don’t get all the lines perfectly straight during the fold.

    1. Lay your shirt flat, facing upward on a flat surface and smooth it out.

    2. Create a cuff at the bottom of the shirt, all the way around, by folding up about three or four inches from the hem. The fabric of the cuff will be inverted, so you’ll be seeing the inside for the shirt.

    3. Gripping one side of the shirt (either the right or the left) by the sleeve, fold it over to the opposite side so that the crease occurs right around the edge of the collar of the folded side. That folded side (particularly the sleeve) may extend past the collar of the non-folded side.

    4. Fold the sleeve of the folded side in the opposite direction (back to where it came from) so it creates a straight line.

    5. Repeat steps 3 and 4 on the opposite side, stopping a little just before the edge of the T-shirt.

    6. Now your shirt should look like one long column with a cuff. From here, roll the shirt as tightly as possible beginning at the collar and working your way down to the cuff.

    7. Now that it’s all in one firmly packed roll, use that handy cuff you created to make a little house for your rolled shirt by tucking the rolled shirt into the cuff. This will keep the T-shirt from rolling out.

    Storage Tip: This is an ideal method to prevent your clothes from unraveling and, like the KonMari method, makes it easy to look at your shirts at once without going through a pile. You could run the risk of stretching the bottom with the cuff — it just depends on the fabric.

    The Sideways Column

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    This method rests on the act of folding the shirt in half vertically. A former longtime employee of Anthropologie shared this technique, which she learned on the job and still swears by. This sideways method is a mix of what makes some other methods great, offering both a compact final product and not being too time-consuming.

    1. Hold your shirt up with the front of the shirt facing you and your middle and index fingers gripping each shoulder.

    2. Fold the shirt in half vertically by making the back shoulder corners touch.

    3. Lay the sleeves straight and fold them together across the top of the T-shirt so that they meet the collar at the point where it’s been folded. The T-shirt should now look like one long column.

    4. Fold the column in half by aligning the top of the T-shirt at the collar with the bottom at the hem.

    Storage Tip: To make the shirt even easier to view in your drawer, you can fold it in half again and do a small roll from there, though it won’t stay intact as effectively as the burrito roll.

    What about hanging T-shirts?

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    We posed the question to a few employees at the Gap, Uniqlo, and Anthropologie: Is it ever okay to hang up a T-shirt instead? The unanimous response: No! While some stores may opt for this method to make it easier for customers to scan through different T-shirt designs, at home, it’s best to avoid. Why? The rule applies to sweaters as well: the hanger creates a line, commonly resulting in a not-cute sagging across the shoulders. It will ruin your shirt before you even get the chance to spill wine on it.

    Isn't there an easier way?

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    Of course! Growing more popular are shirt-folding boards (you can find a bunch on Amazon), for anyone who just finds the built-in precision of the board easier to manage. Though some may vary, they’re all fairly straightforward in producing a double-shoulder fold.

    There you have it. Now you have all the tools (unless you’re waiting on that folding board to arrive) for a euphorically tidy T-shirt drawer. Happy folding!