Folding a fitted sheet may seem complicated, but our step-by-step guide makes easy work of this task.
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Folding a fitted sheet can be frustrating, especially when you need to conserve space in your linen closet. Luckily, we're here to help. Say goodbye to scrunched-up, wrinkled sheets with this foolproof technique for how to fold a fitted sheet. This method yields a fitted sheet that will lie flat in the linen closet. These instructions are for a right-handed person; just reverse them if you're left-handed.

How to Fold a Fitted Sheet

1. Stand holding the sheet by the two adjacent corners of one of the shorter edges. With the sheet inside out, place one hand in each of these two corners.

2. Bring your right hand to your left, and fold the corner on your right hand over the one in your left, so the corner on top is right side out. Next, reach down and pick up the corner that is adjacent to the one that was in your right hand (it will be hanging in front), and fold it over the other two corners; this third corner will be inside out.

3. Bring the last corner up, and fold it over the others so it is right-side out.

4. Lay the folded sheet on a flat surface and straighten it into the shape shown.

5. Fold the two edges in so all the elastic is hidden.

6. Fold the sheet into a rectangle.

7. Continue folding until the rectangle is the size you want it to be.

More Ways to Organize Linens

There's something incredibly satisfying about opening up the linen closet to see not unholy chaos but color-coded bundles neatly tied in a bow. To keep bed linens organized, fold each set—pillowcases and both top and fitted sheets—and wrap with a 1 1/2-yard square of fabric inspired by Japanese furoshiki. Then, using like colors, coordinate the sets by room or by sheet size, and shelve them together. This method makes finding the linen set you need a snap.

How to Tidy Up a Linen Closet

Bed linens shelved by type—fitted sheets stacked next to pillowcases—quickly become disordered when you try to retrieve them to put together matching sets. Try this method instead: Slip each set into one of its pillowcases, and store the sets by size-twin, full, and so on-with colors, trim, or other defining details clearly visible.

In the ideal linen closet, everything is visible. Everyday items are easy to reach, and seasonal items, such as baskets of beach towels, are on the top and bottom shelves. Drawers give delicate antique linens an extra level of protection. It saves time to group linens according to size and the room they're used in; the stacks are spaced apart, which allows linens to breathe and allows you to find what you need easily.


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