Marie Kondo’s Easy Step-by-Step Tutorial for Folding a Fitted Sheet

There are few household chores more frustrating than folding a fitted sheet. The elastic band and wavy corners of these bad boys make them ridiculously difficult to corral and fold neatly, and a lot of times we end up crumpling them into a ball and pushing them to the back of our linen closets. Sigh.

Fortunately, organizational guru Marie Kondo (you know her as the author of The magic of storage that changes life and the star of the hit Netflix show Storage with Marie Kondo) stopped to show us the best way to overcome this all-too-common laundry struggle: With his KonMari method, folding a fitted sheet is as easy as following these five simple steps.

Step 1: Set up your fitted sheet folding workspace.

Lay the fitted sheet on a completely flat surface, elastic band facing up.

Step 2: Make the first folds.

Fold the sheet in thirds lengthwise, bringing one long side through the center, then the other. This step should leave you with a long, narrow rectangle.

Step 3: Fold the fitted sheet again.

This time, fold the rectangle in half crosswise.

Step 4: Roll up the fitted sheet.

Roll the fitted sheet from one short side to the other until it forms into a nice, compact cylinder shape.

Step 5: Put away the fitted sheet to the right way.

Store your fitted sheet upright, in a storage container or linen closet, next to your other bedding.

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