Wednesday, September 30, 2009

Fabulous Folding

I don't know what it's like in your neck of the woods, but fall is definitely in the air here in the mountains! We've got cool mornings and nice days and the sky is that brilliant shade of blue that only comes around in the fall months. And I'm loving it...except that I have to change clothes several times a day.

Most people I know have to give their closets a big shift when the seasons change. Thankfully (even though we have a smaller house) our master closet is the perfect size for us. Whether you're changing the tank tops for the sweaters or just picking out your clothes from a different portion of the closet, this tip is for you!

I once heard someone say that each time you pick out an outfit for a new day, you should feel like you are "shopping" in your own closet. Even though I have to go straight for the clearance racks, one of my favorite stores is The Gap. Yeah, they have great clothes, but I think the thing I love most about it how organized and presentable everything is. So, with those thoughts in mind, I went to work in my closet. Once I had all my hanging clothes sorted by color (yes, I am THAT girl!), I had to tackle the folded clothes....the major culprit: sweaters.

You can't hang sweaters because they get those annoying little dimples in the shoulders and folding them seems impractical because they just fall over and then it's an even bigger mess. But The Gap does it...and it works. I wasn't about to run out and buy one of those expensive folding things like they use, so my Simple Girl mentality kicked into high gear and came up with a solution...a cutting board.

You heard me right...a cutting board. Thanks to IKEA, I found this one in a set of 3 for less than $6.
(I've taped a laundry label reminder sheet to mine for easy reference. Thanks, Real Simple!)

And here's how crazy easy this is:

Start with your sweater face down (you should be looking at the back of the sweater).

Place the cutting board in the center of the sweater and line the top of the board with the very top of the collar.

Then, you start folding. I start with the left side, but it really doesn't matter which you choose to start with. Basically, just fold the side of the sweater over the board, then fold the sleeve back.

Then, fold in the other side.

Next, you flip the shirt. I place my left hand on the back of the sweater (across the sleeves) and use my right hand to flip it. It should look like this:

You can see that the cutting board is still in the sweater.

I really like this cutting board because of the notch cut out of the top. It makes it easy to grab and pull out of the folded sweater.

And now, you have a perfectly folded sweater!

And here's my favorite part. All my sweaters are folded the exact same way and to the exact same size, so they stack perfectly. They're easy to pick up and move and look so nice and neat on the shelf. They're fun to look at and it makes laundry just that much less of a pain!

*sigh* Pretty :)

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