Do You Fold Fitted Sheets?

Tuesday, April 20, 2010

I happened across an article about Lisa Quinn, a former lifestyle correspondent for ABC, who has written a book titled Life’s Too Short to Fold Fitted Sheets: Your Ultimate Guide to Domestic Liberation. The article explains that the book's title comes from a time when a producer asked Quinn to teach viewers how to fold fitted sheets, and Quinn tells the producer she had never folded a fitted sheet in her whole life. The article continues:
In her new anti-Martha, shortcut manifesto, Quinn advises women that folding fitted sheets can only result “in a migraine” and sheets looking like “a huge turban.” “Stop stressing about it. Just wad it up the best you can, and shove it in the closet. Most of the wrinkles stretch out when you put the sheet on the bed, anyway.”
I am just going to say that I find this to be appalling advice. Once you know how to fold a fitted sheet, it takes all of about a minute and a half--and if you know how to do it properly, it looks nothing like "a huge turban." I've heard that years ago Martha Stewart folded a fitted sheets on Oprah and received a standing ovation from the audience. Why is this particular domestic task considered so difficult? I always fold my fitted sheets. What about you?


Patricia said...

I have never found out how to do this.

flwrjane said...

Of course I do.It's easier if there are 2 of you, but I can still fold them quite nicely by myself. thank you. Call me anal, but I wouldn't sleep well in a bed covered with formerly "wadded up" sheets. I shudder.

Ephemeral Evidence said...

I have never been able to do this. I must consult YouTube for a tutorial... Martha had this in one of her issues a few years back. I tried to follow it, but I always ended up with a mess!

Elizabeth said...

Absolutely, every time and it's fast. I also follow the Martha advice of putting each complete set of sheets inside one of the pillow cases for easy identification and sheet changing. However, I don't really feel like folding any of my sheets keeps them from looking nicer on the bed. Maybe it's the industrial machines in my building but the washer and dryer wrinkles and wads them to a point that folding feels inconsequential. I do not, however, (to answer an earlier bed poll) make my bed every day.


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