In the grand scheme of things, folding your baby clothes fresh from the laundry is a very simple task. But that is not the case when it comes to baby apparel.
Due to its naturally small size, folding baby clothes can be time-consuming and stressful. This is especially true if you also need to manage your drawer space.
Folding baby clothes the traditional way is quite efficient since the process is easy and fast. Unfortunately, this method is not that storage-friendly, as it can fill up your drawer real quick without even organizing it. Due to this storage problem, some parents are using the KonMari to save more space and organize things easily.
Traditional Way To Fold Baby Clothes
The traditional folding method is usually how most people fold their clothes. Once done, the folded clothes would be stacked upright and are stored on drawers. What makes this method easy and fast is its familiarity and the uniformity of the processes: even if you do this method absentmindedly, the folded clothes wills still look pretty neat and organized once stored.
The downside is that you need to dig into your assorted clothing to find particular apparel that you want to use. Albeit smaller, this problem is also applicable to baby clothes.
Flip the baby onesies so the backside is facing you. Fold the sleeve-side into the body, until the end seams of both fabrics meet in the middle. To finish the task, flip the diaper part into the middle side and fold the other half on the top of it.
Folding baby pants and trousers are quite straightforward. Lay the pants on a clean table and make sure the front side is facing you. Fold it in half, hiding the “crotch” part inwards before layering it in into three parts. Hiding the crotch area makes the folded pants look neat and more compact.
Make sure that the back part of the clothing is facing towards you. Tuck the sleeved part into the body, and fold it again downwards toward the knees. Do this again to the other sleeve.
Fold the hood part (if there’s any) into the middle, make sure that all seams are aligned with the main shape of the body. And lastly, tidy up the knee part and fold it towards the middle.
KonMari Baby Clothes Folding Method
The KonMari method or the “filing” method is an alternative way of folding your baby’s clothing while organizing your drawer at the same time. Developed by Marie Kondo, it leverages the relaxing aspect of organizing things and aims to bring out the joy of organization (while showing practicality by saving space).
Folding Trousers / Pants
Folding baby trousers or pants with the KonMari method is almost similar to the traditional ones. But instead of layering it into a compact square-shaped fabric, you will need to roll it until it’s a more compact cylindrical shape instead. These rolled pants are then stored in the drawer in a “standing” position.
Whether it’s baby pants, onesies, or sleepers, all clothes will look similarly the same: like a spring roll. For onesies, you will need to fold the sleeves into the body. Roll it like you’re making a piece of spring roll. Once done, these baby clothes are ready for storage.
And last but not the least, the baby sleepers. This time, flip the front side of the sleeper facing towards you. Tuck in the sleeves toward the chest part. Next, fold it in half horizontally, before rolling it like a spring roll, similarly to clothes done with the KonMari method above.
Traditional VS KonMari Baby Clothes Folding
KonMari is recommended for those who have tons of smaller clothing items that they want to organize and quickly access from the drawer. This method is perfect for people who like to see everything that is in the drawer in just one glance.
However, it might take a lot of getting used to KonMari before this method comes naturally. You might have to re-do a lot of clothes, do some readjustments to fit more items in your drawer. Although it seems easy, the first rolls will not likely look neat and compact. Hence, this method is actually better for baby clothes.
Traditional folding is perfect if you want fewer crumples on your clothes. It is also the best option for people who just want to get the task done and dusted within the least amount of time. This method is also better on larger items such as blankets, bigger shirts, and pants.
Put your regular baby items in one location, and organize them based on clothing and sizes. If you have more than one newborn, you might want to get a separate drawer or utilize the other layers.
After you fold all the baby clothes you can put seasonal items in a separate compartment so you can access these clothes as soon as you need them while maintaining cleanliness.