How To Fold Clothes To Save Space

How To Fold Clothes To Save Space

You can take all the time in the world to take everything out of your closet, declutter, and then put it back in. But the truth is if you’re not folding your clothes properly, you’re probably missing out on a lot of valuable space in your closet. You might be left wondering then how to fold clothes to save space.

With a little bit of strategy, there’s a way to save space and stay organized in just about any closet! You won’t be left digging to the back of your closet for your favorite pair of jeans and are certain to have ease of mind in seeing your things organized each and every day.  

Tips on How to Fold Clothes to Save Space

Whether it’s your pile of t-shirts or that bundle of socks you just can’t seem to keep organized, we’ve compiled this list of tips on how to fold clothes to save space so you can tackle just about any garment!

Dress Shirts

Dress shirts are one of the most intricate pieces of clothing to fold. You of course want them to stay as smooth as possible so you can grab them on the go and not have to worry too much about wrinkling them. You also want to save space in your closet while you’re in the process which is why you might try to avoid hanging them.

Your first step is to button up each of the buttons and then spread the shirt button-side down on an open surface. Bring the right sleeve to the centre of the shirt and make a fold across the armpit seam. Fold the sleeve at a 45-degree angle and repeat those steps on the left side.

Take the bottom third of the shirt and fold it up. Fold one more time so the part that is folded will reach the top of the shoulders.


T-shirts are a bit more flexible when it comes to folding. Start by folding one arm in at the armpit seam and then folding the length of the t-shirt into the centre. Repeat each of these steps on the other side to make your shirt into a rectangle.

Fold the bottom of the shirt up to the top to cut the size in half and then smooth it out to place it in your closet. This compact fold is sure to save you a ton of space while also looking really clean at the same time.


The way you choose to fold your towels can actually make a big difference when it comes to saving space.

Start by folding your towel in half lengthwise two times. Turn the towel so that it’s placed lengthwise in front of you and so the outside or decorative part of the towel is facing down. Fold each of the side edges into the centre so it’s folded into thirds.

Once those steps are complete, simply flip your towel over and put it away with the folded edges facing out. Your towels will never be quite as compact!

Short Socks

One of our favorite hacks for how to fold clothes to save space is with short socks.

You’ll start by making a T by placing one sock over the other. Take the right edge of the bottom sock and fold it over, then repeat for the left side of the sock.

Fold up the top sock and allow it to overhang on top. Your last step will be to fold the overhang portion of the sock so it’s between the layers of the bottom sock. You’ll be able to fit more socks in your drawers than ever before.


Sweaters can be bulky and take up a lot of precious space in your closet. But folding them correctly can help save a ton of room. Especially if you have a lot of them!

Start by placing the sweater face down and fold one of the sleeves in towards the centre of the garment. Do this again with the other sleeve.

Fold the bottom edge up so the sweater is folded in half. Simply turn your sweater over and add it to the pile in your closet. Bye-bye bulky knits.


Folding your underwear? Who would have thought!

Folding your underwear is a great way to help save space and help you find the pair you’re looking for. When your underwear is tossed into one giant pile it can be hard to sift through them. Not to mention doing so means you make a mess each and every time.

Women’s and men’s underwear can be folded slightly differently. For women’s you’ll want to fold it in half and then fold it in half again from top to bottom.

For men’s underwear start by folding it into thirds from each side. Then fold them top to bottom, right in half.


It’s true that your pants can end up taking up a large majority of your closet if they’re not folded correctly.

Lay your pants on a flat surface and smooth them out to remove any bumps. From there, fold them in half lengthwise so the front pockets touch and then fold them again into thirds or quarters depending on what will fit best in your closet. You will want to bring the bottom hem up.

An extra hack: alternate the direction of each pair of pants while stacking them. This will help to keep your pile from toppling over.


Last but not least in our list of tips for how to fold clothes to save space is dresses. Hold the dress by the shoulders and fold it so they’re touching back-to-back.

Find the seam that runs along the sides of the dress and make sure they’re properly lined up. Shake out any wrinkles and lay the dress down on a flat surface. Fold the side third of the dress in towards the middle followed by the other side. Fold the dress into thirds to complete your fold into a rectangle.

Making the Most out of Your Closet

How you fold your clothes can make all the difference in how you utilize your space, but making the most out of your space is made even better with a custom closet. Whether it’s a small area or a large area ready for a walk-in closet and seating area, JB Closets has the experience and tools you need to get a closet that will help you make the most out of your space.

We take the time to get to know you, your habits, and your home so we can create a closet that will suit your needs perfectly. Ready to get started on creating the custom closet of your dreams? Schedule a consultation today!



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