HOW TO FOLD A FITTED SHEET

This post is thanks to Laundry Day on Saturday, in which I washed, folded, and put away 1 load of dog blankets, 2 large loads of towels (weighing 46.5 pounds wet), and 3 sets of sheets.  Had to wash the dog blankets because I washed the dog (and then had to deep clean the bathroom too – pet peeve:  wet hair, dog or human – GROSS); had to weigh the towels because I had to dry them at the nearby laundromat (the fuse box our dryer runs on is currently out of commission) and 30 pounds is the limit to one dryer.

As a disclaimer, I learned this technique ten years ago working for a woman who ran estate sells.  Though I’ve used this technique since then, it’s still not easy.  And though I’m no master, I am usually pleased with the end result.

Step 1:  Hold the sheet with the outside facing you.  Locate the 4 corners.

Step 2:  Place one corner on one of your hands, and the adjacent corner on the other hand.  Make sure that the sheet is not twisted.

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Step 3:  With a corner still on each hand, place the corner hanging below each hand on that hand (so that there are two corners on each hand and the sheet is folded in half).  You must make sure the sheet is not twisted.  To me, this is the hardest part of the process; it often involves setting down one hand’s corners at a time.

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Step 4: Place all corners on one hand by putting touching the tips of your fingers together and rolling the corners from the top hand onto the other hand.

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Step 5:  Lay the sheet down on a flat surface and pull your hand out.   The tips of the corners should become one corner of rectangle that the sheet is now shaped.  All elastic edges of the sheet should be towards the center of the rectangle and all edges of the rectangle should be smooth.

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Step 6:  Fold the short side of the rectangle into thirds, hiding the elastic edges.

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Step 7:  Fold the remainder in half, then half again.

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As a bonus, I stack the folded flat sheet, fitted sheet, and one of the pillowcases, then place the stack into the other pillowcase, fold to close and store.

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As I’ve struggled to perfect this technique, I found this video from Martha Stewart, which shows this process.  I do the corners a little differently (my way is easier in my opinion than sliding your hand down and finding one corner at a time; when I tried it this way, the sheet always ended up twisted like the poor lady in the video).  You can see that it’s still a battle, even when you know the technique.

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Advice for Newlyweds when moving in together

This post did not start out this way, but as I was writing about hosting a cookout tonight and being thankful I had stayed on top of my cleaning schedule, I took random tangent.  But then I thought, “This is actually something that someone may need to know” – and it does deal with organization and cleaning, so I’ll go with it.  Plus, I think the advice is applicable to anyone.

 

At the time of our wedding last summer, my husband was 28, and I was 27.  We waited until just before the wedding to start moving in together, so he had lived in an apartment, and I had owned my house for several years.  This means we each had everything we really needed for our current living arrangements.  And that means we had two households worth of stuff to consolidate.

 

HIS STUFF + MY STUFF

 

Not to mention, I had lived in the house for several years AND accumulated a lot of junk.   When you’ve got 1,750 square feet of space to yourself and you like to hold on to random junk, you can accumulate quite a bit.  I’m talking stacks of old bills I thought I needed to hang on to for who knows what reason, magazines I never read but thought I might someday, several random bins of who-knows-what that I had attached some sort of emotional meaning to and couldn’t throw away.  That kind of stuff – you know, junk.

 

HIS STUFF + MY STUFF + MY JUNK

 

Then we’ve got shower and wedding gifts.  We are both blessed with large families and many friends and while we had dreams of a small, intimate weddings, that was quickly out of the question.  And not to sound gift-grabby, but a large wedding means a large amount of gifts – and that means you need a lot of space.  I had been displaying the gifts from our showers in the living room, thinking I did not want to start using them until we were settled in together – but that got a little out of control.

 

HIS STUFF + MY STUFF + MY JUNK + WEDDING GIFTS

 

Then, if you’re a DIY bride like I was, you’ve got wedding stuff.  I won’t really get into the massive amount of stuff that I had to make our invitations and programs as well as decorate the church and reception venue, but I will say that because I am creative and like things my way, plus we didn’t want to spend an excessive amount of money, I wanted to do just about everything myself – and that meant there was A LOT of stuff.  Trying to keep it organized so everything could easily be taken where it needed to be the day before the wedding was not easy.  And that stuff doesn’t just disappear after the wedding.  I had already lined up several other brides who wanted to buy some of the things I had, but some of the stuff was still around for a while (some of it still is…).

 

HIS STUFF + MY STUFF + MY JUNK + WEDDING GIFTS + WEDDING STUFF

 

We started the merging process a little at a time.  A few weeks before the wedding, while the wedding gifts were starting to pile up in the living room and wedding stuff was starting to pile up in the den, we slowly started bringing over boxes of his stuff and going through my stuff.  He would bring over things from one room at a time, and we would work on deciding which items we would keep and which needed to be donated.  The things to be donated were piled into the guest bedroom.

 

HIS STUFF + MY STUFF + MY JUNK + WEDDING GIFTS + WEDDING STUFF  + THINGS TO BE DONATED

 

Somewhere in the middle of this whole process, we decided it was time to finally finish the living room renovation by having carpet installed, and we got such a good deal on carpet, we though we’d have the bedrooms redone.

 

HIS STUFF + MY STUFF + MY JUNK + WEDDING GIFTS + WEDDING STUFF  + THINGS TO BE DONATED + FURNITURE AND EVERYTHING ELSE MOVED INTO THE KITCHEN AND DEN = CHAOS

 

So here’s my point and advice:  the merging of two households creates a lot of stuff.

 

It’s going to take time to organize. Don’t be surprised if it takes a little while to set up the house.  It’s not going to happen overnight.

 

Purge before trying to consolidate.  BOTH OF YOU – not just the one moving.

 

Create a plan.  Talk about space constraints, ideas for the spaces, and maybe even a sentimental objects limit.

 

Don’t attach emotions to inanimate objects.  Placing sentimental value on things leads to hoarding.  Okay – maybe that’s a little extreme, but it does make it unnecessarily hard to get rid of things (which is why it’s a good idea to talk about that before you start!).

 

Compromise and be respectful of one another.  Work together – you’re on the same team now.

 

Go ahead and start using the gifts.  They take up too much space to store.

 

And do not, I repeat, do NOT think it’s a good time to renovate something amidst all the stuff.

 

I will say that even though the house was a disaster at times, the whole move in process went really well for us, other than just taking so long to get organized.