How to Fold Pajamas and Organize Them

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 I know, I know.  Your pajama drawer seems like the least of your organizing worries.  But once in a while we need to tackle an easy organizing job for immediate gratification. And this one is it.  Here  are  some easy tips on how to fold pajamas and organize them. 
pajamas in a drawer with title text reading How to Fold Pajamas
 I like to tackle chores and tasks while watching a movie or favorite TV show so that it doesn’t seem so much like a chore. I call this couch potato organizing. In the span of one 30 minute show you can easily fold pajamas and organize one drawer of pajamas.
Grab your entire pajama drawer.  Turn on your favorite TV show.  Sit down and let’s get to work.
Sort out any pj’s that don’t fit, are damaged, are stained or you don’t love.  Put those to the side.  Later you can go through and separate out the ones to donate.

How to Fold Pajamas

This pajama folding technique works for:
  • Folding Pajama Sets
  • Folding Pajama Pants
  • Folding Pajama Shirts or Tops
  • Folding Nightgowns
  • The Best Way to Organize and Store Pajamas
Grab all the pajamas you will be keeping.
Let’s start with a pajama set.  Lay the pants out and fold them in half with one leg on top of the other. 
pajama pants folded in half lengthwise
Then fold the pants in half so that the hem meets the waist band.  Set the pants to the side. 
pajama pants folded
Grab the pajama top.  Fold one arm and about 1/4 of the shirt. 
showing how to fold a pajama shirt
Fold the other arm and the other 1/4 of the shirt in. 
a pajama shirt with the arms folded in
Fold the shirt in half .
a folded pajama shirt
 Place the folded side of the shirt on top of the folded side of the pants.  
folded pajama shirt and pants
Take the waist band side of the pants and fold them in 1/3 of the way. 
showing how to fold pajama shirt and pants together
Then fold it again so that it makes a neat roll.  Now your shirt and pants are folded together in a neat compact roll.  No losing the top from the pants in the drawer.  No digging through the drawer to find 2 pieces that match. 
pajama pants and shirt folded together
  Simply file the pajama rolls in your drawer so that the fold side is up.  You can easily see everything you have and your drawer will stay neatly organized. 
pajamas folded in a drawer
 My son prefers to have his pants folded separately from his shirts.  We’ve been folding and filing his pajamas for 6 years (since he was 7 years old). My son is responsible for putting his clean clothes away in his drawer and he’s been able to keep his drawer this neat all the time.   Really.  It works. 
pajamas folded in a drawer
Knowing how to fold pajamas and organizing them by filing keeps your drawers neatly organized. You’ll also be surprised by how much more room you’ll have by filing instead of stacking.
Now you’ve been able to organize your pajama drawer during the time it took for you to watch your favorite TV show.   So you weren’t wasting time watching TV, you were working.  Want to watch another show?  Go put this drawer away and grab another one on the commercial.  Hurry. 

Looking for More Folding Ideas?

  • How to Fold Clothes and More – Knowing how to fold clothes properly to keep them neat and organized makes all the difference in reducing stress and mess. These tips on how to fold clothes and how to fold linens are field-tested in my family of five. 
  • How to Fold Jeans – Learn how to fold & organize jeans like a professional to save space & make your drawer or closet tidy. Works for pants, too.
  • How to Fold a Sweatshirt – A simple tutorial for the best way to fold a sweatshirt so that it stays neatly organized in a closet or drawer. Works for all sizes.

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  1. This is a great idea! Never knew there was a good way to fold PJ’s. I usually just shove them in a drawer!

    Thanks for linking up to the In and Out of the Kitchen link party! You are great!


  2. Hi Susan, I think I had to refold and restack the girls clothes in their dresser drawers a few times a week because they like to pull items out and shove them back in again. (they are four and five years old) About two weeks ago, I started filing their clothes and I’ve found their drawers stay tidy longer than when they were stacked. I love this way of organizing their clothes. And yes there seems to be more room too.

    1. Darlene, isn’t it amazing, that filing tee’s and pj’s makes such a difference in keeping everything nice and neat? I’m glad that it’s working well for you. If it helps my 10-year old son keep his clothes neat, then it really must work :).

  3. Meanwhile, over here in Israel, I don’t have drawers – I have closets with cavernous shelves. They hold a lot and it is hard to find anything. If you can think of a way to put away clothing on a shelf that is about 2 1/2 feet wide and a foot and a half deep (take your time!) I’d be grateful. Right now I manage by having stacks of different types of clothing and taking what is on top… 🙂

    1. Judith, I’m dreaming of a “business trip” to come help with your shelves. 🙂 But now you’ve got me thinking. Stay tuned for some ideas I have cooking to help in your shelf situation.

    2. Boxes covered in wallpaper or contact paper to make ‘drawers’ and then use the file method? You can even make your own boxes to fit the space if necessary. How much space between shelves? That would also be an issue.

    3. Narrow boxes covered in wallpaper or contact paper – made to fit the space if necessary and you’re crafty – then use the ‘filing system’? I would suggest tailoring the box width to the clothes. You could get several on one shelf. Depending on how much room there is between the shelves you might want to make two rows. That would necessitate picking up one and setting it somewhere while you get stuff from the bottom box, but there are trade-offs for about everything, I suppose. Good luck! Hope this gets you to thinking of a solution.

  4. You won me over with couch potato, great idea, I fold my washing in front of the tv 🙂

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  6. Now THAT is organized– wow, nicely done! PJs can get to be such a mess…Visiting from The Chicken Chick’s linky party today.Smiles, Suz@ MaytagnMom in N.W. Illinois

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  8. Great idea…. now I’ve gotta tackle my Tshirt gown drawer….lol… but at least I know what to do with it now.

  9. Love this idea…but…. now I have to redo my t-shirt gown drawer!! But at least I think I’ll have more room.

    1. Many of my friends roll their clothing, towels, etc. I’ve found that there are folders and there are rollers. I won’t hold it against you, Wolfie. 🙂

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  11. Thank you for your helpful suggestions……..One question though How do you get grown children (girls) to take their “stuff”? The girls are over 30 years old and they want to store childhood, high school and college stuff in my attic! ( it is overflowing! )

    1. I hear you, Tica! I’ve been working with my own teen and 20-something children. One thing that has worked well is when they’re home we pull out one tub or category and have a walk down memory lane party. We pull everything out and relive the memories and have a great time. As we go through it they choose what they want to keep. I’ve given them a 2 year timeframe. If they don’t take those items they choose to keep in that time, I’m going to donate it.

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