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How to Fold a Fitted Sheet

AKA A Tutorial in Witchcraft

Warning: This post contains uncomfortable topics, including, but not limited to housework, responsibility, and adult life. It may not be suitable for all audiences. Parental supervision advised. 

Housekeeping is one of those things, no matter how hard you work at it, it never stays done. Twenty-four hours later, it all has to be done again. Unless you’ve got kids. Then we’re talking mystery brown-colored finger prints on the walls, lego booby traps in every room and on the stairs, and surprise green tomatoes in your pockets. <Don’t ask. You don’t want to know.> Housekeeping becomes  an hourly affair. And laundry feels like The Never Ending Story.

Scene: Laundry day approaches. Again. Time to wash the bedding. Soap, water, wash, dry, repeat. Fold.

Enter: The ever-confounded Fitted Sheet, the bane of many a poor soul’s existence. Your greatest nemesis.

How the heck are you supposed to fold the Fitted Sheet? Rolled, balled, crumpled. Try a little origami? Toss it in a closet, toss it in a corner, toss it in the trash and just start over. What does it matter how neat the linen closet looks anyway, as long as everything is clean?

Okay, well I suppose there are some reasons for keeping a tidy linen closet…

  • A place for everything and everything in its place…
  • Cleanliness is next to godliness…
  • So you won’t be embarrassed when your in-laws come to visit…
  • Or just to make all your friends think you’re a Rockstar-Status Housekeeper <RSH. Oh yeah, it’s a thing. Look it up.>

Yada, yada, yada, everything your mother told you when you were growing up. You get the point, let’s move on.

So, you’re convinced your linens need a little more order, but you’re not quite sure how to go about it? Don’t despair just yet. Today you’re learning a little bit of witchcraft, as my husband likes to call it.

This little gem I inherited from one of my best friends, my grandmother. And let me tell you, no one cleans house more meticulously than my grandmother. She keeps her house so neat, she irons her sheets. The term Rockstar-Status Housekepper was coined after this woman. If there’s someone you want to learn immaculate house keeping from, she’s the one.

So here it goes, from hot mess to no stress in five minutes flat.

Look familiar? Don’t worry, there’s still hope.
Tuck the upper two corners right-side out.
Tuck the bottom two corners inside-out.
Tuck the bottom left corner into the upper left corner and the bottom right corner into the upper right corner, so that your fitted sheet is now neatly folded in half, hamburger style.
Now take your left corners all neatly tucked into each other, and reverse the tuck. (So the corner that was originally bottom left is now right-side out, and the corner that was originally upper left is now inside-out). Then tuck the left corners inside the right corners, so you’ve now neatly folded your sheet in half once again.
Fold the bottom of the sheet up one third.
Fold the top of the sheet down one third.
Fold the right side of the sheet in one third.
Fold the left side of the sheet in one third.
And voilá! To summarize, if your flat sheet has been folded strictly into halves, and your fitted sheet was folded into halves twice and then into thirds twice, both fitted and flat sheet should come out folded quite neatly to about the same size.
Got it? Good. Fitted-sheet folding like a Boss.

Protip: After folding your sheets, try tucking them into the pillow case for storage in your linen closet, just like the professionals do it.

*This demonstration was performed on twin size sheets, but the concept will apply to any size sheets. 

Further Reading:

For some green housekeeping ideas, check out my post Spring Clean Your Cleaning Routine: My Interview with a Norwex Consultant.

Questions of the Day:

1. How do you fold your fitted sheet?

2. What’s your least favorite household chore?

22 thoughts on “How to Fold a Fitted Sheet

  1. I try this technique and don’t ever make it past step two. Lol. Usually some crisis develops. But even only getting to step two then quickly folding it twice more still makes it slightly less messy. 😉

  2. Love that you have the instructions and photos! Trying to explain this process over the phone is so hard! I’ll just point people to this post!

  3. This was really helpful, it looks perfect!
    I think my least favourite household chore is hoovering-but luckily I have one of those robot vacuums now which does the job for me 🙂

  4. This is perfect! Usually my sheets just end up in a pile shoved in the closet, after I’ve tried and failed miserably with folding them correctly.

  5. You just changed my life haha! No more scrunched up fitted sheet in a drawer that already doesn’t fit my sheets!!!!

  6. This is brilliant! I usually get frustrated halfway through and give up.
    My top tip, though, is to make ‘bed packs’. When I wash and dry sheets/duvet covers etc for a bed, I fold the sheets, duvet cover and all-bar-one pillow case, then pack the sheets etc into that pillow case, so when you come to change sheets again, you know you have the whole lot in one pack. Keeps the airing cupboard tidy too!

  7. I LOVE folding laundry… but I swear, fitted sheets will be the death of me. I look forward to trying out your technique next time I need to fold one!

  8. You made this look easy – There must be some magic involved. There has to be!

    P.S. I love your warning at the beginning… Actually, I just love your writing style! New subscriber, here!

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