Since baby onesies are a top staple for any newborn, starting with them is a great place to begin when trying to figure out how to organize baby clothes. Today, let’s dig into how to fold onesies, according to Marie Kondo.
The goal is to fold each onesie into a neat rectangle that can stand up on its’ own. This way, you can file the onesies neatly in a dresser drawer.
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Having a bird’s eye view of all the onesies in a dresser drawer is incredibly helpful when pairing outfits.
Once you understand how to fold baby clothes using the Marie Kondo method, it really becomes second nature and it’s easy to upkeep. My nursery drawers stay neat and I feel a lot more organized using the Konmari method.
That being said, I do file them away in drawer dividers so they’re contained a bit more than just being filed away in a dresser drawer.
This way, if I’m in a hurry while pulling a onesie out, the remaining onesies tend to stay put.
This is how they should look when properly folded:
How to Fold Onesies (Using the Marie Kondo Method)
1. Lay Onesie Flat
Lay the onesie flat and try to smooth out the wrinkles and check that the seams are even.
2. Fold in the First Side
Picture dividing the onesie in thirds vertically and fold in the left side, like pictured above.
3. Repeat with the Right Side
Do the same on the right side. Tuck under the sleeve while doing so.
4. Fold Up 1/3 of the Way
Picture the onesie in thirds again and fold the onesie up about 1/3 of the way. It’s not an exact science when it comes to using the Marie Kondo method for baby clothes, so just eyeball it the best you can. You’ll get a feel for it once you start.
5. Fold Onesie Up Again
Now fold the onesie up one more time and leave a bit of a gap at end, like pictured above.
6. Fold Again and Stand Up
Now fold one more time and use the gap you left before to stand the onesie up.
7. File in Drawer Divider
I choose not to file them away in a drawer without a divider, because my goal is to be efficient as possible when pulling clothes in and out of a baby’s dresser drawer. I’ve found having them stacked neatly in a drawer divider allows them to stay put.
I’ve found drawer dividers with a 3 inch width (like these) are the perfect size for onesies folded this way.
Like I mentioned before, there’s not an exact science on how to fold onesies using this Mari Kondo’s method. Here is what Marie Kondo wrote about using her method with baby clothes:
I get a lot of questions asking how to fold baby clothes. It’s simple: follow the @konmari.co Method, but reduce the number of folds until you find the rectangular shape that they can hold best.Marie Kondo
So your main goal is to get each onesie folded into a little neat rectangle so it can be filed away in a nursery dresser drawer, rather than stacking onesies on top of each other. You may only need to fold up twice, rather than three times.
This is now my main way of folding our clothes and I’m so used to doing it this way that it has become second nature. I’m able to fold our clothes using the Marie Kondo method very quickly.