I actually love folding laundry—when it’s fresh from the dryer, warm and smelling like mountain springs or a clean breeze. I burrow into my toasty pile before sorting through the socks and shirts and sheets. I listen to podcasts as I organize each article of clothing, ready to fit in my closet. It makes me feel cozy and accomplished.
That is, unless I’m folding a fitted sheet. Because—despite the fact that this is not rocket science—my attempts to show those rounded corners who’s boss fail. Every. Single. Time.
Exhibits A & B: An able-bodied adult trying her darned best.Photo by Meg Macdonald
And since we’re in a time of experimenting ("new year, new me" and all that jazz), I decided it’s time to finally learn how to fold a fitted bed sheet. And what better teacher than the internet?
Now, there are a lot of folding tutorials out there, guides from mathematicians and college kids to the Hosting Queen herself, Martha Stewart. Everyone seems to have an opinion and accompanying YouTube video on how to fold. But after hours of watching and practicing, I found that my best fit (eh? eh?) came from the comforting, almost-magical guidance of this unsung hero:
First, her method is simple. She doesn’t waste time with distinguishing length versus width or inside or outside. She walks you through each motion, checking in to see if you’re on the same page, not over-explaining her movements. Second, I love her encouragement. “Do the best that you can,” she says. I’m not ashamed to say I genuinely responded, in a quiet whisper to myself: “Thank you.”
But most importantly, by following this video, I folded a fitted sheet correctly on my first try. Even when I experimented with twin-size versus queen-size sheets, her method worked.