While researching this topic, I discovered there was a huge conference with the same title of today’s post. So, of course, I had to check this out. I was curious as to what age demographic they catered to.
It seems the Upside of Downsizing® Conference helps boomers and seniors simplify their lives by downsizing. They provide helpful ideas and insight about how to make a successful and profitable transition to a healthier and more manageable living environment. The conference is built on the principles of service, support and respect to others, and is designed to enrich the lives of boomers, seniors, and their families by promoting healthy, safe, and meaningful lifestyles.
Well, they are right on target with the demographic. Hopefully they will expand their conference reach to the Midwest…right now it is held in Washington and Oregon.
So on to the upside of downsizing…
I have been asked to research and report on a new way to fold clothes to maximize space in dresser drawers. A hefty challenge…and one I would attempt with the process of switching from winter to summer clothes in my own dresser. Indeed, my efforts were rewarded. I was pleasantly surprised with the extra space in every single drawer. I refolded the clothes in the drawers housing underwear, tee shirts, Capri’s, jeans, and pajamas. Success!
Here are the results to help you save room:
For me, folding shirts like this is a different method than I’m used to. It’s ideal to have the pattern of the shirt facing up so you can distinguish between them.
- Lay out your shirt with the print facing up. (In this case, it’s the back of the shirt)
- Fold the shirt in half length-wise, print still facing up.
- Fold in your sleeves (this takes an extra fold with long-sleeved shirts)
- Fold your shirt in half width-wise, with the sleeves tucked inside the fold.
- Fold one more time width-wise. (In this case I tucked the bottom up behind, in order to best show off the pattern.)
Stack shirts in rows in your drawer with the patterned fold at the top.
Get your pants to fit nice and efficiently in your drawers with this trick! By folding your pants this way, you can visibly see all of your pants instead of having to dig around in your drawer for your favorite pair. It works great with jeans, yogas, leggings, and etc.
- Fold your pants in half
- Fold the legs up to the crotch
- Fold the whole thing in half
- And again…You should end up with something like this…
And, there you have it! I was totally convinced after I changed from my original plan of folding to this new method. Unfortunately, it leaves more space than I realized. So I am now planning a road trip to shop for more clothes to fill the empty spaces.
What do you think? Give this method change a shot…I did. Let us know your results, or your suggestions to yet another method of folding clothes and saving space.
As always, I am…a changed Boomer Explorer.