I looked in my linen closet this weekend and knew that it needed some love. Not just a little love…I’m talking about a complete take everything out, refold and organize all the sheets, bath towels, wash cloths, and beach towels. This included folding the dreaded fitted sheets. It’s amazing what I found in there. I am blessed to have many closets in my home, but I have found the more space I have, the more ‘stuff’ I keep that I really shouldn’t. Many of the sheet sets that I have look nice, but I noticed the elastic on some of the fitted sheets have seen better days. I also have too many sets. Some very organized and smart ladies I know use the one in/one out method. When they buy a new set of sheets, they get rid of an old set. This is especially helpful if you are short on storage space.
You can also consider keeping a spare set of sheets in each bedroom closet. You will have the correct size for that bed, and it will save you space in your linen closet.
First, I decided what I wanted to keep and what I needed to donate. I then began the folding process. Fitted sheets are always the most frustrating to fold, but once you understand the process, it gets so much easier. They also look very nice and take up less space than when they aren’t folded using this method.
Okay, let’s begin!
Step 1: How to Fold a Fitted Sheet
When you see that there are 9 steps in this process, please don’t be intimidated. I purposely broke this process down into very specific steps hoping that it will be easier to follow.
You will need a flat area to fold on. I typically do this standing beside my bed. It’s easier when you have a large flat space to work on. For the purpose of this post, I’m using a twin bed sheet. The process is exactly the same for a king size bed sheet, it’s just quite a bit larger and takes a bit longer to fold a king fitted sheet.
Spread out the sheet out so that the right side of the sheet is facing down. (The wrong side of the sheet is facing up.)
Place your hands inside the bottom two corners of the sheet with one hand in each corner. When you do this, you want the seams of the wrong side of the fabric facing toward you.
You are going to place these two corners inside the top two corners, so slide your hands with the bottom corners on them straight up the sheet. You will be placing them inside the top two corners.
Keeping your hands inside the corners, lift up the sheet and shake it. You are now going to take the corners in your left hand and flip them over the corners in your right hand so that all 4 corners are in your right hand.
Give it another gentle shake and with your right hand holding all 4 corners, grab the opposite end and lay it down on your flat surface. It now should resemble a rectangle with the elastic edges folded inside on 2 sides.
Now, fold the curved elastic edge on the long side of the sheet to the inside about 12 inches.
Continue to turn and fold it over, smoothing it out until you get to the end of the sheet. You now have a long, folded sheet about 12 inches wide by the length of your sheet. The tighter and smoother the folds, the less likely that your sheet will become wrinkled.
Now fold this long section into thirds or fourths depending on how large your bed sheet is. The goal is to make it look like a folded flat sheet.
Now fold the flat sheet and the pillowcases neatly and place them on top of the fitted sheet. With a little practice, you soon will be able to fold the fitted sheet and the flat sheet to be the same size.
When you first attempt this, if you are anything like me, you may be totally confused. ♥ With practice, I promise that it becomes easier. The end result is very nice, and I know you will be happy with how it looks. Now, when I open my linen closet, it makes the nerdy organizational side of me happy!
Hint: There are several videos on YouTube.com that can help you, especially if you are a visual learner. Just search for ‘how to fold a fitted sheet’.