The perfectly packed suitcase or neatly organized drawer is not as unrealistic as you might think. Learning how to efficiently fold and store pants is pretty simple and, once you make a habit of it, will come naturally. Folding pants with these neat and tidy techniques helps save space in your drawers and your suitcase while traveling. They also help cut down on wrinkles and keep your pants presentable and easy to find when you need to grab clothes fast. Read on to learn how to properly fold pants and jeans for a smoother day-to-day.
How to fold casual pants and jeans to save space
A basic fold is a good option for keeping drawers tidy because it’s quick, familiar and you can easily fill the whole drawer with your stacks. Let’s look at how to fold pants and jeans to save space in your drawers while keeping your pants organized and easy to find.
Step 1: Lay flat and fold
First, lay your pants on a flat surface. To remove bulk and bumps, make sure that the pockets are not bunched: slip your hands into each pocket and push in all directions.
Once the pants are flat, fold them in half lengthwise so either the front pockets meet or the back pockets meet. Either direction is acceptable. If you find that your jeans are wrinkled, stiff or hard to fold, learn more about how to wash jeans for next time.
Step 2: Tuck the crotch (optional)
Step 3: Fold the pants
Next, fold your pants either in thirds or in quarters, depending on the size of your drawers:
- To fold them in quarters, fold the pants in half bringing the hem at the bottom up to meet the waistband. Fold in half once more to complete the fold.
- To fold them in thirds, fold the hem about ⅔ of the way up the pant leg. Fold the waistband down over the top.
Step 4: Alternate direction during stacking
How to fold casual pants and jeans for travel
When you travel, you need your pants to take up minimal space and arrive with as few wrinkles as possible. When you know how to fold pants and jeans correctly for traveling, you can accomplish both these feats at once. Rolling them up takes up less space in your suitcase and helps minimize wrinkles. And wrapping them in the bottom of the pant leg ensures they stay neat and tidy.
Step 1: Lay flat and fold
Step 2: Prepare the leg
Step 3: Roll and tuck
Care tip: Have your kids help
Folding clothes such as pants is an easy chore for kids that teaches them how to handle a simple part of the laundry process. You can make a fun game out of sorting clothes by color, then stacking the folded pants in a nice, neat pile. Get more ideas about how to involve your kids in laundry chores.
How to fold pants with creases
A unique method for folding dress pants helps keep creases in their proper place without creating new ones. If you prefer to hang your dress pants, you can still use these steps to help you create the proper vertical folds.
Step 1: Lay flat and pinch
Step 2: Fold vertically like an accordian
Step 3: Fold in half twice horizontally
Smooth out the pants with your hands and make sure all the folds and seams line up. Fold them in half horizontally, then in half again.
Revisit more laundry basics
How to sort and separate laundry
Why is sorting laundry so important?
How to wash sheets
Learn how to wash bed sheets to keep them clean and soft with this step-by-step guide that tells you which wash cycles to use.
What do dryer sheets do?
Learn how they work, when to use them and if dryer sheets may be a good fit for your laundry routine.
Want more answers to your kitchen and laundry questions?