How to Fold Undershirts, Boxers, Boxer Briefs, and Socks

March 29, 2019 4 min read

How to Fold Undershirts, Underwear and Socks

The Marie Kondo way to fold shirts is the trendy new shirt-folding technique, but here’s a secret: Your mama was folding undershirts long before Marie Kondo, and you’ll be folding ‘em long after the tidying up craze fades.

You probably fold your undershirts, but do you fold your boxer briefs and socks? If not, maybe now’s the time to start. Proper folding frees up space in your drawers and helps you quickly find what you need. Follow our simple tips for folding underwear, socks, and undershirts.

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How to Fold Undershirts

There are many ways to properly fold an undershirt; the best way is ultimately a matter of personal preference. Here’s a simple step-by-step technique we like:

  • Step 1: Lay your undershirt face down on a flat surface. Smooth out any wrinkles in the fabric.
  • Step 2: Take the first sleeve and bring it into the center of the shirt including the side of the shirt. It should be aligned perfectly along the long edge of the shirt.
  • Step 3: Follow the same step for the second sleeve. The folds of both sides and sleeves should be as evenly spaced as possible.
  • Step 4: Make sure all surfaces of the undershirt are as flat as possible to avoid wrinkles.
  • Step 5: Take the bottom of the shirt and fold it up towards the bottoms of the sleeves keeping the shirt as flat as you can.
  • Step 6: Fold the bottom part of the shirt again, so it comes up to the shoulders.
  • Step 7: Flip the shirt over and make sure the collar is flat.
  • Step 8: Smooth everything out and place in your drawer.

You can also use this technique for your T-shirts, casual polo shirts, short-sleeved collared tees, and other shirts.

The folding process works best when you take fresh, clean garments directly from the dryer.

How to Fold Boxer Briefs 

Anyone who has served in our nation’s armed forces knows the best way to fold boxer briefs in the military. For those who’ve never served, here’s how to fold your underwear:

  • Step 1: Place your boxer briefs on an ironing board or another flat surface, making sure the waistband is at the top.
  • Step 2: Smooth out the fabric.
  • Step 3: Fold the waistband over the outside of the boxers about 2 inches. You will have to flip the boxers to do the back as well.
  • Step 4: Place them facing up and then make sure they are resting flat again.
  • Step 5: Fold the left side into the center of the boxers and smooth.
  • Step 6: Then, fold the right side all the way over to form a rectangle and smooth.
  • Step 7: Starting at the bottom and working up towards the waist, tightly roll your boxers keeping them as even as possible.
  • Step 8: Fold the waistband over the roll to keep it tightly in place. Place in your drawer.

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How to Fold Boxer Shorts

Folding boxer shorts requires a different approach than boxer briefs. The “Square Fold” adapts to the “slope” of the boxer design.

  • Step 1: Place your boxer on an ironing board or another flat surface, making sure the waistband is at the top.
  • Step 2: Smooth out the fabric.
  • Step 3: Fold the slope of the sides in on both sides by about two inches to create a rectangle.
  • Step 4: Fold the left side into the center of the boxers and smooth.
  • Step 5: Then fold the right side over to form a rectangle and smooth.
  • Step 6: Fold the top at the waistband down about 2 inches.
  • Step 7: Fold the bottom up towards the waistband and tuck it into the area of the waistband at the top to create a little bundle. Smooth and place in your drawer.

Proper folding frees up space in your drawers and helps you quickly find what you need.

How to Fold Socks

Our favorite sock-folding technique saves space in your drawer and prevents wear and tear on your socks:

  • Step 1: Adjust your socks so that the heel is facing up and the arch of the sock is face down.
  • Step 2: Place the socks one on top of the other as evenly as possible, heel side up.
  • Step 3: Adjust the socks so that the toes are at the bottom.
  • Step 4: Put four fingers on the heel of the sock and then fold the leg holes over to cover all four fingers.
  • Step 5: Keeping the toes flat, fold them up and tuck them into the top leg hole.
  • Step 6: Smooth and place in your drawer.

General Folding Rules

  • The folding process works best when you take fresh, clean garments directly from the dryer and fold them right away.
  • The key a proper fold is starting with a flat, clean surface, and adjusting and smoothing as you go.
  • The surface must be larger than the garment you are folding.
  • Make sure the surface is flat, or you won’t get achieve the desired fold.
  • Ideally, you want a surface that is counter height. Your washing machine might be a good choice because it is right beside the dryer, and it is flat and high enough.
  • An ironing board may work for socks and boxers, but it is too small for undershirts.

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