Andrea Funk

By: Andrea Funk on November 25th, 2013

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How Many T-shirts Does One Person Need?

Most Americans will admit that we all have too much stuff! And we will also admit that it is hard to let go of this same stuff.  And one of these things we have too many of is T-shirts.

Why Do We Have So Many T-shirts?

Because T-shirts are not just another item of clothing, they are a mnemonic device for storing memories. Most T-shirts that you are given or that you purchase have a memory associated with it. So if you get rid of the T-shirts, you might forget the event or reason the T-shirt was purchased. And memories are important to hold on to!

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Nice thing about T-shirts is that they are not cake!  If you have a T-shirt quilt made from your T-shirts, you can get rid of the bulk of your T-shirts – freeing up drawer space. Yet you can keep the memories of the events because the designs from the T-shirts are retained on the face of the quilt. It’s like wearing all your T-shirts at once!

How Many T-shirts Do You Need to Have in Your Drawer?

This is the question! How many T-shirts does one person really need? Because of all the memories associated with T-shirts, this can be an emotional question. Here are two methods you could use to help you determine how many T-shirts to keep.

Method 1
Try to take the emotion out of the question and break it down to numbers. So rather than asking how many, figure out how many T-shirts you actually need. Here are the mathematical components:

  • Laundry how to care for a T-shirt quilt. Frequency of Laundry - If you do laundry each week, you will need fewer than if you do laundry every other week.
  • Number of T-shirts Worn Each Weekday - This will depend on what is worn to work, to workout in and to sleep in.
  • How many T-shirts are Worn on the Weekend - This will depend upon the typical weekend activities and frequency of changing T-shirts.

Here are two examples:

Too Many T-shirts
  1. Fred
  • Does laundry every other week
  • Wears 2 T-shirts each work day
  • Wears 3 T-shirts each day on the weekend
    So Fred will need ((2 x 5) + (3 x 2)) x 2 = (10 + 6) x 2 = 32 T-shirts
  1. Joe
  • Does laundry every week
  • Wears 1 T-shirt each work day
  • Wears 2 T-shirts each day on the weekend
    So Joe will need ((1 x 5) + (2 x 2)) x 1 = (5 + 4) x 1 = 9 T-shirts

Method 2
If you can’t break down how many T-shirts you need into numbers, try this method of using what you need.  Begin by taking all your T-shirts out of your drawers and put them somewhere out of your room, but accessible.  When you need a T-shirt, go grab one and wear it. When you wash that T-shirt put it in your drawer. Each time you need a T-shirt and you don’t have one in your drawer, go grab a T-shirt. But if you have one in your drawer, wear that one.

Continue operating like this for 3 to 6 months. After that time period, the T-shirts that are not in your drawers are excess. 

If during this time period you get a new T-shirt, either put it in your drawer or in the excess stack. But if you put it in your drawer, you must take one from your drawer and put it back in your excess stack.

Either method will help you figure out how many T-shirts you need to keep for wearing and how many are available for a T-shirt quilt.

Are you ready for a T-shirt quilt? Start your process here.

To learn more about having a quilt made from your T-shirts, download our free T-shirt Quilt Buyer's Guide. It's a great place to learn about the different styles and quality of T-shirt quilt. 

T-shirt Quilt Buying Guide

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About Andrea Funk

Andrea Funk is the inventor of T-shirt quilts made with multiple blocks sizes. The modern method of making T-shirt quilts. In 1992 she founded Too Cool T-shirt Quilts. Her life has been immersed in T-shirt quilts ever since.