Not exactly an IT tool.
I use a lot of tools and gadgets to make my life easier, not just computer related stuff. And, I have to admit, while I intended to use my Tools for Tuesday “themed” posts for all kind of day-to-day things I use to upgrade my quality of life, a device to fold t-shirts was not quite what I pictured sharing.
Of course, like a lot of networking geeks, I tend to dress pretty casually, especially on the weekends. And, when you factor in the fact that I live in a suburb of Hell during the Summer here in Houston, well, it shouldn’t be a surprise that I have quite a few t-shirts. In the past, before I met my blushing bride, the Organizing Decorator, my closet was a kind of haphazard firetrap filled with, among other things, shelves of t-shirts. It was hard for me to deal with and they took up a lot of room and it took forever to fold them when I took them out of the dryer. It was my least favorite thing about both laundry and my closet, even though I love my t-shirts. Naturally, my wonderful wife had a solution for me, but, well, the fact that it was a favorite tool of Sheldon from Big Bang Theory didn’t really help her case.
But, when I left her to go to DEFCON XX in Las Vegas for a long weekend back in 2012 before we were married, she helped me understand how such a small thing could improve my life immensely by folding all my t-shirts with her FlipFold and reorganizing them for me. It was, quite honestly, amazing. They were all folded to the same size rectangle and could be stacked neatly so they took up about two-thirds of the room they did before! And, I could find just the right one when I wanted it! No more searching for my favorite Tee Fury design or that Threadless reprint I found on sale or whatever hard core geek t-shirt I may be looking for, for hours on end. The neat stacks make them all easier to find, and give me room for more! Not to mention that they look better when I put them on, too!
And, yes, it does make folding them after laundry easier and faster, too. (Though I have to admit, the spectacular spouse has been doing my laundry a whole lot more than I have!)
My FlipFold was a gift, so I don’t recall how much it was at the time, but it was worth it. You can get your own, in a rainbow of color options, at FlipFold.com.
(And, yes, it is one of the many contributing factors that led me to marry her. Not the only one, but certainly one of them!)