I have always had a reputation for being
cantankerous particular about my bed. It has to be made, it has to be made my way, and it has to stay the way I left it all day. My poor sisters — I would go into a panic if I walked into our bedroom and saw a person-shaped depression in my down comforter.
I’ve gotten better… Marginally. I still like a well-made bed, and I refuse to get into anything other than smooth, tidy sheets at night. (Yes, I’m one of those people who, even if I’m in bed sick all day, will make the bed before climbing in and falling asleep for the night. I’m convinced my sleep is better when I do this.)
A well-made bed for me, though, starts with carefully folded sheets. I guess I also have a reputation for best sheet-folder, because somehow I’ve been nominated to offer you this “how to fold a fitted sheet” tutorial.
(And, by the way, this chore is much easier if you have a sister to help you out, which is one reason to make folding laundry a joint chore for your daughters!)
Grab your sheets, and let’s go!
1. Starting with one side, slip your index fingers inside the pockets, holding the sheet up by two points.
2. Bring the tips of your index fingers together.
3. Flip one pocket over the other.
4. Do the same with the other side, but flip the pockets in the opposite direction. (Ideally, someone is helping you. I don’t recommend the make-do approach you can see depicted in the photo.)
5. Slip hands inside the doubled-up pockets, index fingers again holding the sheet up by two points.
6. Slide one pocket inside the other. (There will be an obvious way to do this.)
8. Look! You’re almost there!
9. Lay sheet flat. Smooth, and straighten all sides.
10. Fold in thirds lengthwise, by folding pocket side toward the middle…
11. …and then folding the straight side toward the middle. (Like a letter!)
12. Fold in half, and then half again.
13. Good job! (Spiritual gift of encouragement oozing out of that photo, don’t you think??)
14. Now your fitted sheet will be the perfect size to fit inside a folded flat sheet, along with folded pillow cases — and that’s how I store my sheet sets.
Got it? Good! Now, go forth and fold away!