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.
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.
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?