December 2020

VIDEO: how to easily fold a fitted sheet

Whitney Leigh Morris is a small-space lifestyle consultant based in Venice, California. She’s a firm believer that you don’t need to “live large” to live beautifully. Morris uses her social-media channels to share tips and ideas for living comfortably and contentedly within a smaller footprint. Morris also shares her expertise via a diverse array of news and editorial outlets, speaking engagements, video content, and her book: Small Space Style: Because You Don’t Need to Live Large to Live Beautifully.

For the past decade, I’ve lived in a tiny cottage with my family. There are five of us—soon to be six—and the house also serves as my office, so organization, efficiency, and simplicity are essential.

Despite my genuine love of organization, I must admit, I often sidestep basic tidying, such as winding up chargers and cords or suitably folding linens, in my personal home life. My husband is much more patient with those activities than I am. 

However, when it comes to fitted sheets, I always take roughly 30 seconds to fold them the right way. A well-folded fitted sheet ends up saving a remarkable amount of space compared to its messy, bunched-up counterpart — and since we keep our spare bedding in the single, shared closet in our less-than-400-square-foot home, we need to maximize every inch of storage space.

Actually, folding a fitted sheet is remarkably simple. 

Here are my quick, easy steps for how to fold a fitted sheet:

  1. First, place the sheet on a flat surface.
  2. Grab the two lower corners and turn them inside out.
  3. Tuck them inside of the top corners.
  4. Shake to smooth the sheet out.
  5. Place it back on surface with the elastic side up.
  6. Next, fold the top down 1/3 of the way.
  7. Then, fold the bottom up to the top.
  8. Fold outside edges to meet in the center.
  9. Finally, fold in half one more time, then smooth.

Taking a little bit of time to do something properly — like folding a fitted sheet — can actually save you frustration and time in the long run. I’ll try to remember this the next time I open that drawer of jumbled chargers and power cords.

For more useful organizational tips, check out my recent video with Garnet Hill on how to put on a duvet cover

How to fold a fitted sheet is a question we are frequently asked. Here, Whitney Leigh Morris shows us her quick, easy steps in an easy-to-follow video.

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