a stack of folding laundry

Top 5 Hints to Folding Laundry You Need to Know

Wrinkles are the worst way to start out the morning. Break out the iron, ironing board, spray starch, and get busy. Your pants and blouse both need to be ironed. Wouldn’t it be great to be able to avoid this? Here are some steps that might help with folding laundry.

1. Remove from dryer immediately

When the dryer finishes, the wrinkles start. Pull your clothing out as quickly as you can. As you remove them, fold them and place them in the laundry basket. 

2. Keep hangers near dryer

Once you have the clothes out of the dryer, sort through and remove any slacks or shirts that need to be placed on hangers. It is a good idea to install some sort of hanging/drying rack to hang the clothing from while you fold the remainder.

3. Folding laundry loads of dress shirts

This step can save you room in a tight closet and can help keep wrinkles out of your clothes.  Here are the steps to folding laundry:

  1. Button shirt and lay flat on the table.
  2. Fold sleeves across the middle of the back. Make sure not to fold the seams below the sleeves and match the cuffs in the middle.
  3. Fold the sleeves in again, folding the side seams in toward the middle. 
  4. Fold in half lengthwise, then if needed fold again, then flip it and store it.

This should allow you to store the shirts and not need to iron when done.

4. Fold towels lengthwise first

When folding towels, first fold them in half lengthwise, then in half widthwise. Then continue until folded. This will keep them tightly folded and save room in the closet.

5. Folding laundry jeans addition

Line your jeans legs up and then fold into thirds. They will be wrinkle free when you take them off the shelf to wear.

The most important rule for folding clothing is to do it as soon as it is dry. You will save time on ironing and steaming your clothing, which you can use to have that second cup of coffee while reading the news. Never fill up 2 or 3 baskets with laundry and expect to fold it all at once. It will sit there and stare at you whenever you are near it, reminding you to fold it, all the while looking completely overwhelmed.