What do you do when your wardrobe consists largely of T-shirts, and you don't have enough room to store them? Not everyone has enough closet space to hang those T-shirts, so dresser drawers get used—and are often crammed to overflowing. Furthermore, the T-shirts at the bottom of the stack rarely get worn, because no one can see them. One solution: Fold the T-shirts and file them away, saving space and adding visibility.
Brittany Moser, on her Darkroom and Dearly blog, shows how much space she saved when she went with the folded approach. Brittany says the shirts do tend to get creases—but no more than when she folded them and laid them flat. She takes the one she wants to wear that day into the shower room with her, to steam out the creases.
Andrea Dekker has a video showing how she folds T-shirts, and Brittany has provided these step-by-step images. This all seems easy enough—but for those who want more help (or a cleaner look), there's Pliio.
The Pliio clothing filers, made of paperboard and polypropylene, were created by professional organizer Clare Kumar and designer Yuriko Zakimi. The filers help anyone fold T-shirts to a uniform 6 inches by 9 inches—in under 5 seconds. The inventor says that Pliio drawer makeovers have yielded 20-30% more storage space.
As organizer Julie Bestry explains (and you can see in the video): "A Pliio folding filer is a pad about the size of a small placemat, which is placed in the center of the article of clothing you wish to fold. You manually fold in the sides/sleeves to conform to the edges of the pad, and then fold the Pliio from one end to the other."
Jeri Dansky has been a professional organizer since 2004, helping people whose clutter is driving them crazy—and helping the mostly organized do even better. She works with her clients to de-clutter and organize the stuff and the papers in their homes and offices.