Laundry long overdue. -
 
I must confess, I have not washed our bed sheets for over a month. Thankfully, we were given two sets as a wedding gift! For the past month I felt like I was being stared down by our dirty bed sheets every time I walked into the kitchen/ laundry room. I did everything I could to ignore it, keep my gaze away from its direction, and I actually threw some other dirty clothes on top to hide it. Ha! I know it sounds pathetic, but I absolutely despise folding bed sheets, especially the fitted sheet. Ugh! How many of you ACTUALLY know how to?!?
Well, I finally brought myself to the doom room (aka. laundry room). I washed our bed sheets and winced a little when I found myself face-to-face with a heap of bed sheets sitting on our bed. I really tried hard to have everything put away before Stephen got off work tonight, but these silly bed sheets stood in my way. It came to me!!! What if I use my lack of skill for folding bed sheets to my advantage?!?

The picture on the left is what the fitted bed sheet look like after I fold them. The picture on the right is what the whole bed sheet set looks like after my newest idea. Go take a look at your linen closet (or where ever you store your extra bed sheets). Are your piles falling over or standing tall because they are leaning up against the wall? (This post is really calling out the one closet no one allows their guests to look into. Ha!) My problem is that I cannot for the life of me figure out how to fold a fitted bed sheet and then, the pile never sits neat in the closet, which always results in a missing pillow case. For those of you unskilled bed sheet folders, here is your solution...

1. Fold your bed sheets and pillow cases as you always do. Oh! But save one pillow case.
2. Place your not-so-pretty folded bed sheets in the pillow case you have set aside.
3. Fold the end of the "storage" pillow case over and place in your linen closet. Voila!
As you can see, it does not look TOO pretty, but it is practical. Your bed sheets will not explode out of your linen closet when you open it. Your bed sheets are all together and you will never lose a piece again. Oh hey! It can serve as a pillow too!

I tend to think about the history of mundane things. If that sounds boring, I would just skip these next couple of paragraphs and check out the video. However, I must say that this information could benefit you greatly in a moment of awkward silence. Ha!
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Before fitted sheets, flat sheets were folded around the mattress using a technique called hospital corners.
In 1959, Bertha Berman patented the first-ever fitted sheets. BUT the corners kept popping off - sounds annoying!
In 1990, Gisele Jubinville patented the fitted sheets that we have today, with deep elastic corner pockets. And guess how much 
   that patent went for....$1 MILLION!!!
Everyday, I cease to be amazed about the many gifts God has blessed His people with. It is unreal that the fitted sheet has only been around for half a century. I must say, I have a new appreciation for the fitted bed sheet. For hundreds of years, it never existed! I can only imagine how annoying it must have been to wake up on the bare mattress - eek! I would much rather have an issue folding a fitted bed sheet, than fussing with it in the middle of the night while I am trying to sleep. Agree?

If you STILL want to learn how to fold a fitted sheet (I do.), check out this video.


Let me know how it goes!

Love,
     Torrie Anderson
Rebecca Oden
12/7/2010 04:37:41 am

Torrie, I know how to fold them the proper way...but it is way too much of a headache! I usally just fold then as best as I can then put them at the back of the closet!:)

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Becca Christophel
12/8/2010 10:58:46 am

You described my linen closet perfectly.... :)
Great idea!

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Debbie Robbins
12/8/2010 11:03:19 pm

Note to self...make sure you teach your children how to fold a bed sheet because I failed but the reason I didn't teach you is because I too hate folding them and they look just like yours LOL!!!! Hmmmm...so maybe I did teach you oh my!!! I love your blog, it makes me smile.

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10/25/2015 11:50:23 pm

make sure you teach your children how to fold a bed sheet because I failed but the reason I didn't teach you is because I too hate folding them and they look just like yours LOL!!!! Hmmmm...so maybe I did teach you oh my!!! I love your blog, it makes me smile.

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