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how to fold a fittest sheet – Potentially the lamest post I’ve ever written

I mean really – folding sheets?  It’s like blogging Mardi Gras up in here!  Show me your pillow cases and I’ll give you some beads.  Wink wink.

Fitted sheets used to be the bane of my existence.  They cluttered up the corner of the multi-purpose closets we’ve had in previous apartments (I’ve never had a dedicated pantry or linen closet until now), and I hated trying to fold them and make them look like a chimp didn’t put the laundry away.

Hand to god, this is pretty much what my fitted sheets used to look like after folding.

And this is what they look like now.  THIS makes my type A self very very happy.

Once I finally figured out how to fold one and not make it look like a pile of crap, I was a happy camper.  Despite the fact that this post has the potential to be super lame, I’m sharing my laundry folding “gift” with you in hopes that you can convert your linen closets from rat’s nest to organized bliss.

And because my mom taught kindergarten, first, and second grade for almost 30 years, I’m going to use the old “hamburger” and “hot dog” descriptive directions.

Step 1
Lay the sheet down in a large space.  Arrange it so that little elasticky (it’s a word!) corners all faces inward.  If you’ve ever jumped so hard on a trampoline that you bounced off and ended up underneath it, this view will look familiar to you.  Not that I’ve ever done that…

Step 2
Gather the two bottom corners and tuck them in to the top corners.  Your sheet will now look like a hot dog.

Step 3
Fold the left-hand corner of sheet over the right-hand corner of the sheet.  You now have a hamburger.

Step 4
Fold it in half once more.  And now you have a beautifully organized fitted sheet.  And a hot dog.

Step 5 (this one is for the truly anal-retentive amongst you)
Tuck the flat sheet, fitted sheet, and one pillowcase in the other pillowcase.  Then you’ll have a nice and tidy little sheet package.

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18 comments on “how to fold a fittest sheet – Potentially the lamest post I’ve ever written”

  1. You’re a dork. But, I love you anyway. 😉

  2. OK, I’m hurting myself laughing. Once upon a time, when I didn’t have a job and lived alone, my sheets were perfect in the linen closet. Arranged in matching sets, corners perfectly aligned, they were tied in coordinating ribbons with perfect bows. Not even kidding.

    These days they all look like your before pic. I had actually forgotten how to fold the fitted sheet, and curse myself every time I have to do that.

    Thanks for reminding me how to do it right and that my sheets don’t have to look like crap.

  3. Once upon a time, I saw this on tv, but I had forgotten how. Fitted sheets caused me a great deal of agony sort of stuffed on the shelf. Now, I just don’t care any more. I am going to leave pretty folded sheets to the young and able-bodied…lol. I am neither. But, I do appreciate the effort you make to fold nicely. Thanks for the refresher.

    LOL…”make them look like a chimp put the laundry away.” That is the funniest thing I have heard all day.

  4. YES, I DO love having neat stacks of folded sheets (and towels, etc) in the closets…Jim on the other hand does NOT understand the need for this, therefore I am the designated sheet folder (and towels) in this house!

  5. That’s the Martha method! Perhaps the single greatest thing (only thing?) Martha has added to my life is the pocket tuck sheet fold. ONLY way to go! And folding your sheets ins’t anal…anal would be tying the sheet stack together with a color coordinated grosgrain ribbon and labeling the shelves with things like, “guest” “daughter” and “master” or “summer cotton” and “winter flannel.” THAT’S anal.

  6. I’m cracking up at all the varied ways that we do our sheets! Mary, yes I am a dork, but that would make you a dork lover, no?

    Erica, I have no use for Martha, but since I now know that this method is hers, I’ll cut her a wee bit of slack.

  7. Not Lame!! Found you over on Frugal by Choice’s Mostly Homemade Mondays, thanks for sharing!!

  8. OMG thank you for this! I have the worst trouble and anytime I ask someone how they do it, they can never tell me, you make it look so easy!

  9. THANK YOU!!! I needed all that information AND the pictures! And the suggestion of putting everything in a pillowcase is so genius that I’m embarrassed I didn’t think of it earlier. This might be my next project!

  10. Wow! my wife was right. The things we guys don’t know.

  11. This is how I do all my fitted sheets but I take it one step further.. I turn one of the “tucked” corners from the hot dog-styled picture and tuck the corners into the other side. IT makes it even more of a perfectionists fold 🙂

  12. this is AMAZING.

    and funny.

    and resolves an itchy question i’ve had for years.

  13. Love your sense of humor…and I thought putting my flat sheet and pillow cases inside my fitted then rolling them up was creative!

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  15. While at this point I have actually figured out how to fold the damn things myself(unfortunately for my fitted sheets -may they rest in peace), and have also thought of the cute little ‘package’ of sheets one day not-so-long ago, I love that you posted this! Had I not figured it out, and if any had survived my aggravated assault, this would have been tremendously helpful!

  16. I seriously love this! My fitted sheets are such a jumble my cats think they are 1. a dandy place to relieve themselves 2.perfect place to hack up a hair ball or last but not least if # 1 and 2 have not occurred the best place to sleep and shed.Do I have a surprise for them. TY TY

  17. my side hurts from laughing!..my husband is sitting at the table with me writing recipes for a competition and keeps looking at me asking can I share so Im reading and laughing at the same time…oh did I mention Im drinking wine!…Well he knows my struggle with fitted sheets..I leave them in the basket, on top of the dryer or even roll em up as small an as compact as possible and add them to the linen closet…it looks a mess..I hate it so much…so I am GLAD you wrote this LAME A** POST! (not really);-)….THANK YOU THANK YOU THANK YOU!…going to fold fitted sheets but I’ll bookmark you so I can come back….Vapor rub disks AND how to fold a fitted!…you won my heart!

  18. I am obviously very late to this discussion, but I stumbled upon this site and have enjoyed your honesty and swearing. When I saw the “Hippy Shit” tab at the top, I knew I loved this blog, but this post just sealed the deal. This post may just have changed my life. Now I can reintegrate my fitted sheets into the closet areas occupied by other, easier-to-fold linens. Who knew?