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Fold, Roll, or Hang? The Best Ways to Store Your Clothes

Fold, Roll, or Hang? The Best Ways to Store Your Clothes

How you store your clothing is important because you look your best when your closet looks its best.

There are many ways people arrange their closets — some hang everything while others hang only wrinkle-prone items and fold, roll, or stack everything else. Rods, bins, drawers, shelves, and cubbies are ready to do their job. But what goes where? You need to decide where to put the items to make the most of space and to be sure you can see and find them easily.

Let it All Hang Out

 A hanging rod can be prime real estate, so you want to be sure you’re using it to best advantage. Some items are obvious; dresses, skirts, suits, and tailored shirts or blouses, especially items you wear for business, are best hung. Also, if you’ve spent valuable time ironing, it probably deserves a place on a hanger.

Keep in mind that items like knit blouses, sweaters, or some stretchy clothing might be susceptible to distortion where hangers poke into the shoulder areas. Curved, padded or wooden hangers are a good choice for clothing prone to lose its form. Just like your clothes, hangers come in all shapes and sizes. Whether wooden, notched, or non-slip, having an assortment of different hanger styles is a good way to keep each hanging item in the best condition.

If you have the space, you can choose to hang many things others would have to keep in a dresser, even T-shirts and lingerie. Hang by category and choose the best hanger style for the item. For skirts, use a hanger with movable clips. You can also hang pants on this style hanger, by either the cuffs, the waistband, or folded in half with the folded part grasped by the clips. For strappy dresses, choose hangers with notches so the garment won’t slide off the hanger. Hang suits on thick, sturdy hangers designed for the purpose. To save space and keep your ensembles matched, consider tiered or multi-hangers.

Filing and Stacking

 Sometimes there just isn’t enough room to hang everything, and you might prefer not to anyway. Bins, baskets, shelves, and drawers add flexibility to your storage and are often preferable for storing certain items. It’s easy to categorize and reorganize pieces as needed. Having a few bins and baskets is particularly convenient because they’re mobile, easily making the trip from the laundry room to your closet.

Assuming you can get everything uniformly folded, stacking on shelves or in cubbies is a tidy technique. This also lets you see everything at a glance. The disadvantage of this method is that to get an item from the middle of the stack, everything else must be disturbed. Jenga might be entertaining on game night, but it’s no fun to have to reorder and restack toppled piles. A good way to avoid this pitfall is to keep the stack at a reasonable height—for example, no more than five items tall for thicker items. Also, only use this storage method at heights easy for you to access. The higher you have to reach, the bigger potential for a clothing avalanche.

For bins and drawers, lifestyle guru Marie Kondo has popularized “filing” folded clothes so that they “stand on end.” This style works for everything from T-shirts and blouses to jeans and leggings. With filed clothing, you can still identify individual pieces and slide them out without causing mayhem.

Folding and Rolling

 For folding shirts, you can freestyle it or use a folding board. Mastering the perfect T-shirt fold seems like one of the mysteries of the universe. One nifty T-shirt technique is the Japanese fold. The folding board method is another popular method for folding T-shirts. This site also describes the folding board and tailored methods for a dress shirt, and the creased or fold method for slacks. Here’s Kondo’s technique for folding a dress shirt. Remember, when it comes to folding, squares and rectangles are your friends. As for socks, most of us are used to either rolling or balling, but there’s a cool folding method that is a real winner. You start with an “X,” do some tucking, and end with a secure, neatly folded bundle that you can file, stack, or drop casually into a basket or drawer.

Rolling clothes is a technique that people often associate with packing a suitcase, but it can work in your closet too. After all, the intention is the same — using space efficiently and keeping clothes shaped and wrinkle-free. Rolling is not recommended for woven cottons, some other natural fibers, and items that would similarly wrinkle. But it can be perfect for knits, fleece, casual fabrics, and synthetics.

Find Your Perfect Closet

 There are loads of methods for storing your clothes, and guess what? Closets by Design can accommodate every one of them. Our custom closets are more than a place for your clothes to hang out. We’ve also got a multitude of drawers, shelving, and other design options to make your closet an integrated, efficient system. Let us help you put together the package that’s right for you, your fabulous wardrobe, and all your accessories! Call one of our designers today for a free consultation.

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