Simplest, yet highly effective LifeHack - Folding

As a programmer, engineer, and mildly obsessive compulsive, I peruse such sites as 43 Folders, DIY GTD Planner, and other life-hacking kind of fare.

While these are all very cool, I just came across what is probably the most life-changing 'hack' to date, how to fold a T-Shirt in 2-seconds. The aptly named fold-your-shirt.com shows you how to do just that. I currently employ the Zeno's School of Folding in which I continually fold my shirt in halves (until it disappears). This 'new' method is actually incredibly easy to try.

This folding takes 5-10 seconds at least per shirt. Considering a load of laundry has approximately 20 shirts (both the 'T' type and 'polo' variety), we're talking about a 3-8 second savings per shirt for a total of 1-2.6 minute time savings.

Now I do laundry about once every other week, so that is 20 wash days (figure I get 1 wash at home during holidays) per year, 20-53.3 minutes per year. Over the 20 years I've been doing laundry (my momma got me workin' young), that's 6.66-17.76 hours I've lost (not including doing family's laundry).

Now that's a trick worth learning.

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Andrew Turner is an advocate of open standards and open data. He is actively involved in many organizations developing and supporting open standards, including OpenStreetMap, Open Geospatial Consortium, Open Web Foundation, OSGeo, and the World Wide Web Consortium. He co-founded CrisisCommons, a community of volunteers that, in coordination with government agencies and disaster response groups, build technology tools to help people in need during and after a crisis such as an earthquake, tsunami, tornado, hurricane, flood, or wildfire.