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This End Up

Martha Stewart Living, January 2009

Tame your T-shirts by folding them into thirds and arranging them folded-end up in the drawer, rather than flat (this is an overhead view). Metal bookends, painted blue and outfitted with rubber surface protectors, hold the shirts upright, letting you see each one.

Comments (16)

  • Sakura_of_the_sea 30 Apr, 2011

    The only drawback I see is that you can't easily see the prints of your t-shirts this way.

  • Tezz 26 Apr, 2011

    how clever

  • Charthestar 25 Apr, 2011

    Main reason not given in her explanation which is that you can see all your t-shirts at once and since they are all different in the front you can easily find what one you are looking for. I have been doing this for years- read it in a get organized article. The bookends I think is a great idea. Try it you will see how great it is especially if you have a lot of t-shirts.

  • HelenWoodson 25 Apr, 2011

    I fold t-shirts, sweaters, pajamas, etc. in half lengthwise and then roll them up. This saves space and reduces wrinkling.

  • DeniseJanet 25 Apr, 2011

    I do something different. I have four boys in my household from M to XL. I fold in fourths. Fold shirt in half lengthwise, with sleeves together fold in laying on shirt.
    Fold shirt in half (hem to neck) and in half again. They stack in drawers neatly and almost look ironed when they boys put on! A short cut for me with on going laundry.

  • tess_of_st_paul 25 Apr, 2011

    Again, How to fold into thirds (my t-shirts are XL): 1 Lay shirt face down, 2 fold arms in, 3 fold bottom up 1/3, 4 repeat #3, 5 fold right in 1/3, 6 fold left in 1/3. Viola - folded in 1/3s and neat. I might try this since it would probably let me put more t's in a drawer.

  • tess_of_st_paul 25 Apr, 2011

    How to fold into thirds (works well

  • grannyj3 25 Apr, 2011

    Folding in 1/3rds works only for very small T-shirts. Need to fold more times to make them manageable for anything larger. It does work then.

  • Grandmacharie 5 Apr, 2009

    I finally got it...the book-end looked like it had a big piece of blue foam wrapped around the top, but it's actually the book-end painted blue. Looks like it might work pretty well, could work for magazines, etc., too.

  • Chic_Happens 5 Apr, 2009

    Sounds like it could get a bit cumbersome as you try to add freshly laundered shirts to the stack and they topple over.

  • writergal 5 Apr, 2009

    I didn't get it at first. The initial photo doesn't note it's looking down in a drawer. I thought it was looking at the shelf.

  • lschrade 5 Apr, 2009

    Oops, I see you got your answer. :-)

  • lschrade 5 Apr, 2009

    What don't you understand? I have tried this, but used inexpensive IKEA bookends, and I like how I can know see all my tank tops at once.

  • lighthouselady517 5 Apr, 2009

    It took me a bit as well. The picture is looking down into the drawer. The tee's are standing up with the bookends holding them straight so you can see them. I like this and I plan on trying it.

  • mystie1296 5 Apr, 2009

    oh i see you put the tshirts vertical instead of horizontal! neat idea!

  • Teodora 5 Apr, 2009

    uhmm..i don't understand.. can somebody help?