Is your sock drawer a disorganized mess? You’re not alone. It can be challenging to fold or roll socks in a way that keeps your drawers organized without damaging the sock itself.
To make your life easier and your space a little tidier, we’re going to show you how to fold socks using five quick and easy methods. We’ll also share some easy ways to keep your sock drawer organized.
How To Fold Socks: 5 Quick And Easy Ways
There are so many ways to fold socks, but some methods will save more space than others. If you’re looking for the best way to fold socks to save space, here are five methods to try.
1. Folding Them into A Square
One of the best ways to fold socks to save space is to fold them into a square. It’s a bit more complicated than just folding your socks and calling it a day, but it’s worth the extra steps to save some space.
Here’s how it works:
- Lay the socks on top of each other and create a cross shape.
- Flip each side of the bottom sock over the top and tuck in the toe.
- Now, flip the two sides of the top sock over the bottom.
- Tuck in the tops of the two socks between the folds.
You should now have a perfect square.
When socks are folded this way, they can easily be stacked on top of each other in your drawer and won’t take up as much space as the classic rolled socks.
2. Rolling-up Military Style
If you prefer to keep your socks rolled up, then this is the best way to roll socks to save space. Military sock folding is actually a lot easier than it sounds, and your rolled up socks won’t take up too much space in your drawer or suitcase.
Here’s how to roll socks military-style:
- Lay out socks on a flat surface, stacked on top of each other. Make sure they’re facing the same direction.
- Begin rolling your socks from the toe up towards the top.
- Once you’ve reached the top, tuck your fingers into the inside of the outside sock.
- While holding onto the inside of the sock, pull the outside edge out, down and around. Essentially, you’re using the outside sock to wrap both socks into a ball.
- Tuck the top of the socks neatly into the ball, and you’re ready to go.
Military-style rolling is really quick and easy, so this is a way to save space in your sock drawer without adding too much time to laundry day.
Organizing consultant and TV presenter Marie Kondo believes that your clothes should be properly folded. In her TV special, she shows everyone how to fold socks Japanese style to save space and keep their sock drawer looking tidy.
Best of all, the KonMari sock-folding method is super simple and takes just a second to pull off.
Here’s how it works:
- Lay your socks flat and on top of each other. Make sure they’re facing the same direction.
- Fold into thirds.
- Store your socks upright and standing on their edge in your drawer.
If you have high socks, fold them in half and then fold them again. Use the same technique for folding tights. For ankle socks, just fold them in half and stand them upright.
By storing your socks upright, you not only save on space, but you also make it easier to grab a pair of socks when you need them.
4. Crossing The Socks
If you want to fold socks neatly but don’t want to go through the extra steps in the square method, try this method. You get the same square shape that’s great for stacking, but it won’t take as much time.
Here’s how it works:
- Lay your socks flat and on top of each other. This time, make sure that the heels are facing upward.
- Fold the cuff end forward, about halfway.
- Fold the toe end over towards the cuff end.
- Tuck both toe ends into the top cuff end.
- Once folded, you can stack these socks on top of each other, or you can stand them upright for easy access to your socks.
5. For The Lazy
Looking for a really simple and easy way to fold your socks to save space? It doesn’t get much easier than this method.
Here’s how it works:
- Lay your socks flat and on top of each other.
- Fold in half.
- Your socks are now ready to be stacked on top of each other. Or you can stand them upright on their sides to easily find and grab the socks you want.
- The great thing about this method is that it will work for short socks, tall socks and even ankle socks. Use it for men’s or women’s socks, too.
How To Fold Thick Socks?
The five methods listed above are great for folding most socks. But what about thicker ones? Let’s look at how to fold socks that are thicker and bigger.
Let’s look at the best way to fold socks that are thick or chunky. This method is really similar to the “Crossing the Socks” technique listed above.
- Lay your socks on a flat surface with the heels facing upward. Keep the socks separated for this method.
- Take the cuff of one sock and fold halfway.
- Take the toe end of that sock and fold towards the cuff end.
- Take that folded sock and place it on top of the other sock – right in the middle.
- Now, fold the cuff up over the first pair of folded socks. The cuff end should sit along the edge of the folded sock in the middle. Essentially, you’re creating a sock sandwich here.
- Fold the toe end of that sock up and over towards the cuff.
- Tuck the toe end into the cuff.
You should not have a nicely folded pair of socks. This method is great for thick socks because it won’t stretch the elastic or toes, which helps your socks last longer.
Keep in mind that this folding technique won’t really work for no show socks. If you have thick ankle socks, try folding them in half or rolling them military style to keep them tidy.
How To Organize a Sock Drawer
Folding is just step in keeping your drawers organized. It’s important to know how to store socks and keep them from becoming a cluttered mess. We’re going to show you how to organize socks in wardrobes and drawers.
5 Sock Organizing Ideas
Use these five sock storage ideas to declutter and tidy your drawer or wardrobe.
1. Store Like Pairs Together
After you’ve folded your socks, don’t just stack them in a pile in your drawer. Instead, try storing them in “like” pairs. For example, keep your white socks together and your gray socks in a separate pile. Do this for patterns and different color schemes, too. For example, keep socks with polka dots or argyle patterns together.
Storing “like” pairs together will make it easier to find what you need when getting ready for the day.
2. Use Drawer Dividers
One of the best ways to store socks is to use drawer dividers. Dividers will help keep your pairs organized and easy to access. You can find plenty of options in online stores. Just make sure that the divider set will fit inside of your drawer.
3. Use Baskets in Wardrobes and Closets
If you don’t store your socks in drawers, one way to keep them organized is to use baskets. You can treat baskets just like you would drawers and use dividers to keep your socks separated and organized.
These baskets can be placed on shelves, or you can hang them from closet racks.
4. Store at in Rows Rather Than Piles
One great thing about folding your socks using the techniques above is that you can store them in rows rather than piles. When you organize your socks in rows, you can see all of the clean pairs you have available. This makes it easy to grab the pair you want and get on with your day rather than rummaging through the drawer and making a big mess.
5. Use Drawer Organizers
If you prefer to store your socks in the closet and you don’t have built-in shelving, consider investing in drawer organizers. These are freestanding drawers that give you a simple place to store your socks.
You can use dividers and some of our other organizing ideas to keep your socks neat and tidy in your new drawers.
These are some of the best ways to fold and store your socks. Use these tips and techniques to declutter and reorganize your sock drawer. You’ll save time and frustration by making it easier to find and grab your favorite socks each day.
Remember to be gentle whenever you fold your socks. Rolling them up too aggressively or stretching your socks too much will eventually cause the bands and sock material to degrade. Take care of your socks and they will take care of your feet.