And become a freaking domestic goddess!
Is there a male equivalent to a domestic goddess? I firmly believe that men should rock this skill as well.
I have had a breakthrough. I think I might finally be domesticated! (Is that a thing for people or just animals?) Either way, something has changed in me. It all started with making my bed every day. The problem arose when I would wash my sheets. I would wash them and put them right back on because I couldn’t figure out how to fold the stinking fitted sheet! Well, guess what? I have finally arrived.
Arrived Where You Ask… Fitted Sheetsville Y’all!
After years of trying and failing, I finally learned an easy and straightforward way to fold a fitted sheet. These things have been my nemesis for years. This newly acquired skill is giving me street cred with all of my friends. I told some of the girls at work that I learned how to do this, and I even made a video, and they said, “SEND US THAT VIDEO!”
Okay. So, my friends may not have YELLED it at me, but there was a definite tone of respect and excitement in their voices. That’s when I knew that I was not the last person left in the world who didn’t know how to fold a fitted sheet! I feel like it is my duty to teach the world. With these mad folding skills comes great responsibility.
It is my duty to share this with the world
I am excited to share this new talent with the world because my old method was terrible and would wind up in a wrinkly ball. I had watched enough videos of people folding sheets to know that you are supposed to put your hands into two of the corners and bring them together. That part I had down. I could do that step 100% of the time. After that, things got dicey, and I usually ended up just balling it up and stuffing it in the pillowcase that came with the sheet set. I’d also put the flat sheet in with it. I used to call it the “sheet holder.” It was convenient because it kept the sheet set together nicely. This “sheet holder” method was my preferred method for years.
Now that I have figured this out, I will try to break down the steps as simply as possible. I’m doing this both on video and in writing because I can’t tell you how many videos I watched of people saying how easy it is… and I still ended up with a big wad of sheet!
Now grab a fitted sheet, and let’s get started! There is a video at the end if you are still unsure, but I have faith in you.
Step 1: Turn the sheet inside out
You will begin with the sheet turned inside out so that the seams are on the outside. If you are lucky, there will be a tag sticking out. That way, you will know for sure that it is facing the right way… the wrong side out.
Step 2: Put your hands in two corners on the long side of the sheet
Find the long side of the sheet and put your hands into both of the corners. They make nice little pockets that just cradle your hands. It’s like they were made to fit your hand in there. This is why I’ve always nailed it when it came to this step.
Step 3: Clap your hands together and put right over left
Now put your arms out into a T shape and then, while keeping your arms straight (do not bend them. I know you want to, but don’t. You might ruin it before it even gets to the hard part!) Now Clap your hands together.
Now, this is where it gets tricky. Stick with me here!
You are going to fold the right side over the left side. It will fit nicely over it. Then, immediately it will feel like you messed something up. Don’t worry; you probably didn’t… unless you did. We’ll be able to tell in a minute.
Step 4: Switch hands to straighten everything out and put your left hand in that corner
Take your right hand, put it where your left hand is, and use your left hand to straighten out the sheet. You will tuck the bottom inside itself as well. Next, put your left hand into the corner that you just fixed. Your hands are now on the shorter side of the sheet. It will begin to look like a rectangle.
Step 5: Repeat step 3 on the short side
Now, on the short side, you are going to do the same thing. You will straighten your arms again, but depending on your wingspan, you might not be able to straighten them all the way.
***On a side note, my husband has a freakishly long wingspan. He claims it is because he drank coffee as a child, and it stunted his growth. He insists that if you are judging by his wingspan, he should be 6 feet tall. Instead, he is only 5’7″.
Now again, you will clap them together. Again, you will take the right corner and flip it over the left corner.
This time use your right hand to straighten it out.
When you complete this step and straighten it out, it will be a rectangle again.
Step 6: Move your sheet to a flat surface
At this point you will want to lay it on the floor, table, or other flat surface.
Now I like to fold it into thirds the long way and then the other way.
Step 7: Celebrate because you have conquered the nemesis of folding the fitted sheet
If the pictures weren’t clear enough, below is a video demonstration to walk you through. In case you can’t tell… I’m pretty excited about this new skill. I feel so legit right now! Watch the video… if my Jr. High age boys can do it, so can you. Go ahead and subscribe to my channel while you are at it.
Now that you have accomplished this difficult task, it would be appropriate to perform a Fortnite emote or other dance of celebration. Maybe even crack open a bottle of champaign if that’s your thing or a celebratory diet fountain drink… That is usually my beverage of choice.
If you were able to fold a fitted sheet for the first time, please let me know in the comments to celebrate it with you. You are a big deal now, and I’m a great cheerleader!