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Sunday, October 12, 2008

Japanese T-Shirt Folding

The internet is a cool place.  It helped me find this:
Japanese T-Shirt Folding

I was then able to take this:


And turn it into this:


Thanks internet!

4 comments:

Mrs. Juicebox said...

I just watched that three times, then I watched another one where they explained it in English without the carnival background music, and I feel like I MIGHT be able to do it now.

This is a very valuable skill, how have the Japanese kept this to themselves so long!?

kelly said...

I've seen it before, and I've always thought it was interesting, but...

1) too difficult for me, since I'm uncoordinated
2) unlikely to work on baby doll style tshirts or tank tops, which take up about half my drawer space.

There's a really good article on the simple dollar front page right now about messiness and how sometimes it's good to be messy, and not just from a time savings standpoint.

Otis said...

kelly is refering to this post by The Simple Dollar:
http://www.thesimpledollar.com/2008/10/12/review-a-perfect-mess/

About point 2, the technique actually works on the wife's tiny clothing and tanks. But the spaghetti-strap ones are still simplest to just fold into squares.

kelly said...

Yeah, I have a whole bunch of spaghetti strap tank tops that I wear under stuff as well. I'm surprised it works on baby dolls. It just seem sometimes that the female form is in direct conflict to neat folding.

My method is to roughly fold stuff as quickly as possible and then put it in one of nine piles in the drawer. The nine piles are ordered by what I wear the shirts with, and how often I wear them (a kind of organization that only needs to be set up once, and then is self perpetuating). The japanese shirt folding may save space, but as it is now, I don't need any more clothing, and additional space would just provide an excuse to go shopping. So my shirt drawer being exactly full is actually a good thing.