Tuesday, March 31, 2009

The ins and outs of folding a fitted sheet

Dear Alix,

It’s driving me nuts, and I’ll be the first to admit that I’m proceeding into a precarious world of neat-freakiness. You see, the thing is, I like ninety degree angles. All of my household linens fold up into tidy, orthogonal bundles for stacking and storage. All of them, that is, except for the fitted bed sheets. When I’m finished doing laundry I’m usually left with a pile of perfectly ordered sheets, pillow cases and towels – a straight and symmetrical tower of linen. Dolloped on top, in all its asymmetrical rebellion, is the fitted sheet. Like a pound of whip cream dumped on a perfectly executed crème brûlée, there it sits. I suspect that there is a way to fold a fitted bed sheet so that it does not involve funny curves and wrinkles the size of small mountain ranges. Does the answer exist or is this the anomaly of laundry organization? Should I just roll the fitted sheet up and conceal it out of view?

What Would Alix Do?

Orthogonally Obsessed

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Dear Orthogonal,

This sheet-folding business is a real challenge, and the more I ask around to determine who actually knows how to do this, the more furrowed brows and puzzled frowns I see. It turns out that you’re not alone in your frustration with the fitted version of the sheet species. You’re in luck, though, because I was fortunate enough to have a mother who taught me the finer points of this household chore (thanks, Mom!) and now I’ll share them with you. Check out the video below for step-by-step instructions:


  1. This is awesome! Thanks for posting the video demo, Alix. My wrinkled fitted sheets thank you too. :-)

  2. I was never taught to fold a fitted sheet, but I'm happy to see that you and I do it the very same way. We may be soul sisters! Nice job on the video, and I always enjoy your blog.

  3. Thanks for the feedback, all. I'm so glad to hear that this is helpful! Even better, reinforcing...

  4. Thank you Alix. Very handy to know. Dan can actually do this (he has a freaky laundry-folding ability) but now I know how to do it, too.

  5. I have this sort of intuitive way of trying to do something vaguely like this, but it really doesn't come out looking at all the same. I have the sense that you must be channeling someone as all the corners come together in the vision of perfection at the end.
    Your blog is an inspiration, and thank you for trying to keep my sheets as neat as my whiskey.