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How to Roll Shirts & Underwear in the Navy

Members of the Navy serving on naval vessels have extremely limited storage space for their clothes. To maximize this space and keep things organized, they often roll their T-shirts and underwear using a method called the military-style roll. Adopt the technique yourself to accommodate limited storage space at home or when you're packing a suitcase for a long trip. Members of the military typically do not roll their dress shirts, which would end up wrinkled.

How to Roll T-Shirts

  1. Lay a T-shirt out flat with the front side up on a hard flat surface. Smooth out any wrinkles or creases with your hands.

  2. Fold the bottom third of the shirt to the shirt's underside. By doing this, the bottom edge of the shirt is a folded edge.

  3. Fold the right half of the shirt over the left half of the shirt.

  4. Fold the left third of the shirt toward the middle of the shirt.

  5. Fold the right third of the shirt over the left third of the shirt.

  6. Roll the shirt, beginning at the neck edge, down the length of the shirt to the folded bottom edge of the shirt. Roll the shirt tightly and evenly.

How to Roll Underwear

  1. Lay your underwear flat with the front side up on a hard flat surface. Smooth out any wrinkles or creases with your hands.

  2. Fold the right half of your underwear to the middle.

  3. Fold the left half of your underwear to the middle.

  4. Beginning at the waistband, roll the underwear tightly and evenly down the entire length.

    Tip

    If your underwear or shirts have snaps or buttons, make sure they are fastened and buttoned before rolling them.

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About the Author

Lisa S. Kramer is a licensed attorney practicing civil litigation and estates and trusts law in southern Florida. She received her Bachelor of Arts in English from the University of Florida, where she graduated Phi Beta Kappa and cum laude. Kramer earned her Juris Doctor from the University of Florida Levin College of Law.

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