Sunday, September 11, 2011

Folding a fitted street

A few months ago, I was listening to a podcast by the guys at How To Do Everything (I think it was this one) and they had a part of the show that was called "Ask A Rocket Scientist." This is when they would ask a rocket scientists all the questions they didn't have time to answer themselves to get some quick answers.

One of the questions was this: How are you actually supposed to fold a fitted sheet?

The rocket scientist simply responded that she had no idea. And they left it at that! I was like, "What?! You can't do that? I've wanted to know this my whole life, and you totally crushed the hope that you allowed me to have for a split second."

I decided that there had to be a solution. So I googled it and I found this gem from Martha Stewart. I was so excited that I emailed the hosts at How To Do Everything with a link to the site, and they actually responded! I felt super cool. This is was Ian Chillag said back to me:
That's great, Bryan. This only further justifies my plan to replace Mike with Martha Stewart.
How cool is that? I, too, admire Martha's ingenuity, but I found Martha's instructions to be a little confusing, specifically steps two and three. Here's how I do it:

Turn the sheet inside out and stick your hands in two corners

Bring your hands close together

Flip the corner of your right hand on to the corner of the your left hand

Put your free hand in the doubled-up corner on the bottom and bring it close to the one on the top

Again, flip the corners from your right hand onto the corners on your left hand

Now, all four corners should be piled on top of each other. Fold the sheet so that the elastic is hidden in the middle
Now you have a tidy looking fitted sheet!

1 comment:

Kathy Haynie said...

You're hired. Could you please come to my house and fold the sheets for me? Hahahaha. Serioiusly, I like to make a packet of the sheets when I'm folding them. The flat sheet gets folded up until the last fold. At that point I lay it down and fold the fitted sheet all the way. Not quite as tidy as yours, but good enough for going inside my packet. The fitted sheet goes on top of the flat sheet. The pillow cases get folded and they get stacked on top of the fitted sheet. Then I make the last fold with the flat sheet, and I have a nice bundle of sheet set--so easy to find when I'm ready to make a bed. I like my system. Maybe you could suggest it to the rocket scientist?