Of the two closets in our house that I would consider “storage closets” (meaning they aren’t inside a bedroom), one is in the mudroom/laundry room and one is in the hallway that leads to the bedrooms. So as you can imagine, both closets serve a wide variety of different functions.
Although I often refer to the hall closet as the “linen closet”, it also houses office supplies, extra toilet paper, my sewing machine, and more. To prevent that closet from turning into an unmanageable nightmare, everything has to be neatly stacked or folded.
Check out this fitted sheet folding hack in action by watching the videos at the end of the post!
The Ultimate Folding Challenge: The Fitted Sheet
And that brings us to today’s post, where I’ll be demonstrating how to tackle the most challenging fold of them all: fitted sheets. Being able to fold a fitted sheet plays a crucial role in keeping my linen closet in order, and learning how to do it can do the same for you!
And honestly, it isn’t all that difficult to do! Once you’ve read through the steps in the tutorial below and watched the video to see the steps in action, all you’ll need is a little practice to pull it off yourself. :-)
How To Fold A Fitted Sheet Like A Pro
Step 1 – Straighten Out The Top Edge
Start by locating the top or bottom edge of your fitted sheet, then put your hands into the corners along that edge.
Spread your arms out to flatten out the top edge, then carefully set the fitted sheet down on a flat surface.
Step 2 – Corners In Corners
Next, grab the opposite end of the sheet and place your hands into the two corners on that edge.
But this time, do it so that the corners are inside-out, then tuck the corners you are currently holding into the corners on the opposite edge of the fitted sheet.
Step 3 – Fold Along The Elastic
Set your sheet back down on the flat surface like you did in Step 1, holding your arms out to create a straight(ish) edge at the top.
Then grab the two ends of the elastic and bring them together, folding the sheet in half along the elastic edge.
Step 4 – Make A Rectangle
Then, holding the sheet in front of you with the elastic edge at the top, put your hand into the corner of the sheet, lining up all four corners.
Adjust the fitted sheet in your hands so that the top edge lines up with the corners, creating a straight-sided rectangle.
Step 5 – Fold In Thirds (Twice)
Set the sheet down again, and fold it in thirds (like you would fold a letter) to create a long, narrow rectangle.
Finally, fold it in thirds again. Then be sure to give yourself a hearty pat on the back, because you just successfully folded a fitted sheet! :-)
Want To Learn How To Fold Something Else?
While I’m sure that your current methods of folding clothes and linens are serving you well enough, it never hurts to learn another way to do something! After all, you never know when you’ll come across a method you like better (for whatever reason) than the one you’re currently using.
For more tutorials on how to fold everything from ankle socks to jeans, check out this blog post!
What’s your best tip for keeping your storage closets in order?
In my ongoing effort to find the best way to fold a fitted sheet, here is another variation using a stair railing (though the back of your couch would work too!)