A cluttered closet can leave you — not just your clothes — tied up in knots. Overstuffed drawers? Wrinkly folded clothes? Is that never-ending search for a matching pair of socks stressing you out? Then we have some laundry tips and tricks to help you upgrade your sorting skills. Read on to learn the best way to organize your closet, keep your clothes looking fresh, and maximize your laundry day routine.
Be vigilant after laundry has dried
Doing laundry is a household task most people dread. Fortunately, with SaltyLama’s eco-friendly laundry sheets, this chore is simpler and sleeker than ever before. These ultra-concentrated lightweight sheets come in biodegradable paper packaging rather than unwieldy plastic jugs. They will save you cabinet space and come pre-measured, which means no more second-guessing how much detergent you need. Just toss a sheet into your machine for a powerful, toxin-free clean without spills or residue.
But after your work is done, don’t leave those freshly laundered clothes waiting in the dryer. Once they’re clean and completely dry, fold them straight away to help prevent wrinkles. To stay organized, we recommend sectioning out your items by category, so you don’t lose anything or mix them up later. You can categorize your clothes by separating your shirts from your pants, dresses from your sweaters, and so on. This will make it easier to find what you’re looking for later.
Now, we do have some tips for the best way to fold shirts and the rest of your clean clothes. Let’s dive into the best folding techniques.
Use the right folding techniques
Choosing the best way to fold your clothes can make a big difference in how much space they take up and how organized they look. The KonMari method, for example, involves folding clothes into small rectangles that stand upright, allowing you to see each item at a glance. The additional folds and upright position create fewer wrinkles and save space. The extra space will allow you to easily organize your closet and find what you need.
You can also use a folding board or simply fold clothes in thirds to create a uniform size that fits nicely in drawers. These clothes organization ideas and folding techniques will seriously help upgrade your dresser drawers!
Stack clothes vertically
Stacking clothes vertically rather than horizontally can be a game-changer when organizing your drawers and saving space. This method helps you see everything you have and prevents clothes from getting wrinkled and squished.
To stack clothes vertically, start by folding your clothes using the KonMari method or any folding technique that works for you. Then, instead of stacking clothes on top of each other in a pile, stand them up vertically in your drawers.
There are a few ways to achieve this. You can simply line up your folded clothes in rows, with each item standing upright. Alternatively, you can use drawer dividers to create sections for different clothing categories, such as shirts, pants, and socks. This method saves space, makes it easier to see everything you have, and allows you to fit more clothes into your drawers. Plus, it makes finding what you’re looking for easier without digging through a messy pile of clothes.
Use hangers strategically
Hanging clothes can be a great way to keep them organized and easily accessible. However, some clothes are better left folded. If you’re strategically hanging your clothes, you can maximize space and keep them looking their best. For example, reserve hangers for best hanging items, such as dresses, suits, blazers, and jackets. These items tend to wrinkle easily and are best kept on hangers to maintain their shape.
Consider using specialty hangers like velvet or padded hangers to prevent clothes from slipping off. You can also use hangers with clips to suspend pants or skirts.
You can save space by using slimline or cascading hangers, which allow you to organize multiple items on a single hanger. Plus, if you have a double hanging rod, hang shorter items like shirts and blouses on the top rod and longer items like dresses and pants on the bottom rod. These tips help maximize your closet space and prevent longer items from dragging on the ground. Be strategic in how you hang your clothes to maximize space, keep them looking their best, and make finding what you need in your closet easier.
Don’t overstuff drawers and bins
You're probably overstuffing if your clothes get tangled up every time you pull open your T-shirt drawer. Those overflowing drawers and bins can make it harder to find what you’re looking for — and cause clothes to wrinkle or become misshapen.
Keep drawers and bins about 80% full, and consider using smaller bins or dividers to keep items separated. Following all these tips will help maximize your closet space and prevent overstuffed drawers.
Iron when necessary
While ironing can be a pain, it is particularly handy on stubborn items and when we want our clothes to look in tip-top shape. Make sure you follow the recommendations on the care label. This tag will mention whether it is safe to iron, the appropriate temperature, and other must-know information.
When ironing your clothes, ensure the garment is clean and dry. Spray it with a light mist of water to help relax the fibers and allow the iron to do its job. To avoid stretching or distorting the fabric, iron in the same direction as the weave. For example, if you’re ironing a shirt, start at the collar and work down the front, then move to the sleeves and back.
With these simple laundry tips and tricks, you can quickly create a more organized wardrobe with the KonMari method for folding clothes. So, declutter and start folding your clothes in a way that works for you. Your future self will thank you!