Does that sound easy or lazy? Maybe it's both. Hmm, will have to think on that one. It's a great way to not feel guilty.
- You're spending time with the family
- Or you're making your relaxing time relaxing AND productive.
- You're ticking chores off your "To Do" list. Multi-tasking, yea!
Ok, let's start. Run and grab your t-shirt drawer, or bin or pile. If you're the ultimate multi-tasker, have each family member bring their t-shirt drawer, too. Sit down in front of the TV and turn on your favorite show. I prefer to sit on the floor so I can pile things all around, but you can easily work at a table, if you'd prefer. Depending on your home and your "clean freak" level, you'll want to lay a sheet or blanket down before you start working.
Take your drawer and dump everything out. It's okay to dump it, because we'll be refolding everything before we put it back.
Go through every t-shirt with a critical eye and ask yourself:
1. "Is this in good shape? Are there any holes or stains?" If it's not in good condition, move it to the Donate pile.
2. "Is this shirt one that I really like?" If your answer is no, move it to the Donate pile. Life is too short to wear things we don't really like. It's better to have 3 shirts that you love than 20 ho hum ones.
3. "Is this shirt one that I really like?" If the answer is "Yes" or "I'm not sure", then ask yourself, "Is this flattering on me?" Life is too short, you should only wear things that make you feel GREAT about yourself. If you like the shirt AND it's flattering, move it to the Keep pile, otherwise put it in the Donate pile.
Once you've gone through all the shirts, put your Donate pile in a bag and move it to another room so you're not tempted to raid it and add shirts back to your Keep pile. You can hold onto the bag of Donate for a week or so just in case you find you really can't live without one of the shirts. But most often you'll find that you don't even miss them once you make the decision.
Now take your Keep pile and sort them into piles by color group. The colors don't have to match exactly just break them out into piles by white, black, brown, red, orange, yellow, green, blue, purple. If the shirt has a pattern or multiple colors, pick the dominate color and put it in that pile. Don't get hung up here, there's no right or wrong answer. It's just a tool to help you not a fence to limit you.
So, look at each different color pile and ask yourself:
1. Do I like this color? Does this color look good on me? If no, move the shirts to your donate pile. If you just can't get rid of all of one color, then keep 1 shirt. But if you don't like the color or it doesn't look good on you, really, why keep it at all?
2. Do I have too many of this color?
Look at each color pile. Do you have too many of one color? I can't tell you how many are too many, but be realistic. My favorite color is purple, but 10 purple shirts would be too many for me. If I had 10, I could wear a different purple shirt every day for a week and a half. For me, about 5 purple shirts are plenty. Oops, I've got 6 purple tees in my drawer right now. I guess I need to look at them and find 1 to donate.
Now you're ready to start folding your shirts. Take a tee and holding it by the bottom at the side seams shake it out and then lay it down flat. Straighten it out so there are no wrinkles.
Next take one sleeve and fold it in about 1/4 of the way. Then fold the other sleeve in the same distance. Smooth out any wrinkles.
Take the bottom of the shirt and fold it up to the top. Smooth out any wrinkles.
The fold the shirt in half again so it looks like this:
Once you have all the shirts folded you'll place them back into your drawer. Stand them up like file folders with the folded side up.
You'll be amazed at how many more shirts you can fit into your drawer this way. Put all like color shirts together. I put my shirts in Roy G. Biv order, but in this drawer above, my daughter preferred hers in alphabetical order. Whatever works best for you, just put all like colors together.
By placing like colors together you'll be able to tell immediately every time you look in the drawer if you have too few or too many of a certain color. That will help you next time you're at the store and find a good deal on a shirt, you'll be able to remember if you need more of that color or have enough already. It will also help you when you're getting dressed. No more digging through the drawer to find a shirt. You'll be able to see it immediately.
On the next commercial, return the t-shirt drawer (or pile) to your dresser or closet. This should have taken you about 30 minutes, 60 if you have a whole lot of shirts. Now that you've put these all away, grab a drink and finish enjoying your show.