The Right Way to Fold Sheets

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.[Tweet “How to fold sheets the Right Way. It makes life so much easier!”]
When you fold sheets the right way, you not only save space, but you also save your sanity.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.
The right way to fold sheetsNext, fold the sheet in half, matching the opposite corners to the corners you laid out. The right way to fold sheets.Tuck the newly folded up corners inside the smoothed out corners.
The right way to fold sheetsStraighten everything out so it’s flat, but again, going with the curves.
The right way to fold sheetsNow 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.[Tweet “How to fold a fitted sheet-It’s not as painful as you might think!”]The Right way to Fold Fitted Sheets.You should have a long foot-wide folded sheet.

Next fold from the end about a foot long all the way to the end of the sheet. So, in theory, your sheet should be about a foot square. Set aside.The Right Way to Fold a Fitted Sheet.Now for the top 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.The right way to fold sheets.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.
The right way to fold sheets. 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.

Put the center of the pillow cases on the top center of your stacked sheets. Wrap each side of the stack with the pillow cases and tuck them neatly underneath.The right way to fold sheets.

You now have a neat little “package” of folded sheets. They look nice, and they fit pretty much anywhere.
When you fold sheets the right way, you not only save space, but you also save your sanity.A few other folding tips…

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.[Tweet “Folding tips on how to tackle the dreaded mountain of laundry.”]

    • 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.These laundry folding tips and tricks will help make folding that mound of laundry a little less stressful!
  • These laundry folding tips and tricks will help make folding that mound of laundry a little less stressful!

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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  • Reply Katie

    Whoa!!! I thought I had a good system but this is WAY better! Now I want to go wash sheets and try it!!

    January 17, 2017 at 3:08 am
  • Reply Alana

    OH MY GOODNESS. You should make the fitted sheet folding into a video it’s unbelievable. Actually all of your hacks are AMAZING!!!!!

    January 17, 2017 at 2:47 pm
    • Reply Tarynn Playle

      Thank you so much! I’m hoping to make a video, just trying to figure out how. ☺

      January 17, 2017 at 3:00 pm
  • Reply Sarah Nenni-Daher

    You mean to tell me rolling them up in a ball and shoving them into the pillowcase ISN’T the right way? LOL Thank you so much for telling me the right way to fold sheets – I honestly had no idea.

    January 18, 2017 at 8:16 am
    • Reply Tarynn Playle

      Hahaha! That way works too, I suppose. It all depends on how tidy you want your closet to be.?

      January 18, 2017 at 8:22 am

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