Folding a fitted sheet, that bane of tidy bedrooms and neat linen closets, can feel like trying to neatly arrange a bowl of spaghetti.

But fear not, for I, Olivia, am here to guide you through this with grace and a touch of whimsy.

And let's not forget Missy, my feline companion, whose idea of helping often involves turning a simple task into a playful escapade.

Key Takeaways:

  • Master the elusive art of folding a fitted sheet with a step-by-step guide.
  • Discover tips and tricks to make folding fitted sheets less of a wrestling match.
  • Learn how to neatly store your fitted sheets to keep your linen closet looking sharp.

Step 1: The Fitted Sheet Face-Off

Stand with your fitted sheet spread out before you ready to turn chaos into order. The sheet's elastic edges looking like they're ready for a duel.

However, you approach with confidence and pick up the sheet by the top two corners, ensuring the shorter side of the elastic edge of the sheet is facing you.

You're now in the starting position, ready to show that sheet who's boss.

The goal? To bring beauty and harmony to our homes (and to outwit Missy, who sees this as a prime opportunity for mischief).

Fitted sheet right side out and wrong side out with Missy

Step 2: The Corner Tuck Maneuver

With the top corners in hand, flip them inside out with the elastic edge facing out. Now, here's where the magic happens: tuck the right corner into the left, to create a little fitted sheet burrito.

You'll feel a sense of victory, but the battle isn't over yet. March forth to the next step, brave folder.

Step 3: The Elastic Tango

Stride down to the other end of the third corner of the sheet, maintaining the grip on your burrito'd corners. Find the remaining two corners, and repeat the tuck.

You'll now have elastic facing all four corners neatly nested together, and the sheet will start to resemble a more manageable shape. It's like you're dancing the tango with the elastic, and you're leading.

Sheet with Missy on top and Callie looking on from window perch

Step 4: The Final Showdown

Lay the sheet down on a flat surface, with the elastic edges facing up. It will look like a strange, misshapen blob, but that's just its final attempt to intimidate you.

Smooth out the edges and fold the sides inward to form a rough shape of a rectangle. The sheet's resolve is weakening.

Final Steps in folding a fitted sheet.  Missy's asleep!

Step 5: The Victory Fold

Fold the sheet in thirds lengthwise, then fold the strip into a square. Each fold is a step closer to triumph. As you complete the final fold, the fitted sheet's spirit is finally tamed, and you stand victorious. Your linen closet will sing songs of your conquest.

Storing Your Domestic Trophy

Now that you've mastered how to fold a fitted sheet, it's time to display your domestic prowess. Place your neatly folded sheet on a shelf or in a drawer, ensuring it's flat to avoid creases.

Beautifully and neatly arranged linen closet!

Your linen closet has never looked so good with your flat sheet and fitted sheet in perfect harmony, and you've never felt so powerful.

Now, in case you were lost in the above instructions (and who wouldn't be with all the help I had) below is a video on how to accomplish this task with finesse!

Folding a Fitted Sheet the Right Way!

And just to be sure you have it, here is another one! I must admit, it took me several times to get the hang of it!

One More Time!

Either way gets the same results, but I liked the top video the best. Practice and you can do it easily once you get the hang of it. Don't let that sheet intimidate you! LOL!

The Fitted Sheet Folding Party Trick

Impress your friends and family with your newfound skill. Believe me, this method works!

At your next gathering, offer to fold the host's fitted sheets. Watch as their jaws drop in awe at your dexterity. You're not just a guest; you're a linen-folding legend. (LOL!)

Small linen storage unit with kitty in one block!


Folding a fitted sheet doesn't have to be a dreaded chore. With these steps, you can turn it into a fun and satisfying task.

Remember to face the sheet with confidence, tuck those corners seams, dance with the elastic, and fold to victory. Your linen closet will thank you, and you'll be the envy of all your friends.

Woman with sheets - Frequently Asked Questions written on top

What's the best way to handle elastic edges when folding a fitted sheet?

The key is to tuck the elastic edges into each other. Start by flipping the corners inside out and nesting them together, then smooth out the sheet to create a tidy rectangle.

Can I fold a fitted sheet by myself, or do I need an extra set of hands?

While an extra set of hands can be helpful, you can definitely fold a fitted sheet by yourself. Just follow the steps outlined in this guide, and you'll be a solo folding pro in no time.

How do I keep my folded fitted sheets from getting wrinkled in the closet?

Store your folded fitted sheets in a flat, neat stack in your linen closet or drawer. Avoid overstuffing the space, as this can lead to wrinkling.

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Thanks for stopping by our bee hive and having fun with us today in learning how to fold fitted sheets!


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