I suppose you could argue that there is more than one right way to fold sheets, but this is my way. As a former massage therapist, I spent plenty of time folding sets of sheets at least a few times a week.
It had never crossed my mind to write a post about it before. But when I returned some sheets I had borrowed from my mom, she asked me to show her how I folded them. It is because of that I thought I may be on to something and should share my sheet folding techniques with you.
It is my personal belief that every bed in the house should have two sets of sheets. That way, there is a set on the bed, and there is always a neatly folded clean set in the closet.
To make it as painless as possible, be sure you have plenty of room and a flat surface to do your folding. I fold everything on our king size bed. I always make the bed first and clear it of any random stuff.
The (dreaded) Fitted Sheet.
Take the top two corners and lay them directly in front of you. Straighten the folds, but straighten it out with the curve of the sheet.
Next, fold the sheet in half, matching the opposite corners to the corners you laid out. Tuck the newly folded up corners inside the smoothed out corners.
Straighten everything out so it’s flat, but again, going with the curves.
Now fold the sheet lengthwise to make it about a foot wide. So you may have to fold it three or four times, depending on the size of the sheet.
Fold it in half, then lay it out on your flat surface. Start from the bottom and fold in one foot increments as you did with the fitted sheet, until you get to the end of the sheet.Now you have a long foot-wide flat sheet. Fold from the end in one foot increments again to get to the end. You should now have another sheet that is about a foot square.
Place on top of your fitted sheet.
Lastly, the pillow cases. Lay them on top of each other neatly on your flat surface. Fold in thirds length-wise.
As I mentioned before I like to fold everything on my king sized bed. It doesn’t matter where you fold, as long as you have space to do it.
If you’re anything like me, you tend to have a LOT of laundry to fold all at once. I know there are rules for laundry, separate certain items of clothes, colors, etc, but I wash everything together.
If you’re really OCD about your laundry, you won’t have to worry about any of this. But if you are like me, and you end up with a giant pile of clothes that is overwhelming, some of these tips might help.
- Fold towels, blankets, sheets, and other large random items first. This reduces your pile significantly, and they’re super fast to fold.
- Don’t worry about socks or underwear as you’re folding. Throw them all in one big pile out of the way. Worry about them later.
- Designate a spot of your folding area to each family member. This makes it easy as you’re going through, you can quickly fold, then stack in the designated section. Then once you’re done folding, everybody’s stuff is already together.
- Don’t worry about clothes that need to be hung up. Put those aside too, next to your socks pile.
- Use your laundry basket at the end. Both of my kids’ bedrooms are downstairs. When I’m done folding everything, I place all of their clothes in the laundry basket so I can make one trip downstairs to put everything away.
- Hang up all of your hang up clothes at once.
- To quickly put your socks together, stack all of the matches, then fold each pair together.
I hope these folding tips will help make that mountain of clothes seem a little less painful next time.
What folding tips do you swear by? Please feel free to share them in the comments below!
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