How to Fold a Fitted Sheet by Yourself

How to Fold a Fitted Sheet by Yourself

Folding fitted sheets neatly, with their rounded, elasticized corners, is hardly intuitive. Don't despair and resign yourself to living with lumpy, balled-up bed sheets in your linen closet. The method for taming them involves tucking the corners into each other to achieve a crisp, flat rectangle. This technique is written for a right-handed person. Lefties: Simply do it in reverse.

1 For sheets with the fewest possible wrinkles, fold them straight from the dryer. Grab a warm, fitted sheet and shake it out.

2 Stand holding the sheet by the two adjacent corners of one of the shorter edges. (The bulk of the sheet will be lying against your body as you fold.) With the sheet inside out, insert one hand into each of these two corner "pockets".

3 Bring your right hand across to your left and fold the corner in your right hand over the one in your left, enveloping it.

4 Next, reach down and over and pick up the corner hanging in front (this is the third corner). Bring that corner up and fold it over the two corners you're holding in your left hand. The visible corner will be inside out.

5 Bring up the fourth corner and fold it over the others. It should not be inside out. You want the correct side to be visible. This corner will envelop the three others.

6 Next, lay the folded sheet on a clean, flat surface and straighten it out.

7 Fold in the two edges in so the elastic is hidden.

8 Now, fold the sheet into a rectangle.

9 Fold the sheet into as many rectangles as you require until it's the size you prefer.

How to Safely Store Off-Season Garments

We all know the drill: In the spring, pack up your sweaters, coats, and ski wear and bring out the shorts, bathing suits, and Hawaiian shirts. In the winter, reverse. To preserve your clothing for years to come, it's imperative to store off-season garments with care to avoid damage from insects, mildew, and mold.

Here are a few basic rules about storing any type of clothing:

• Wash and thoroughly dry all fabric items before storing.

• Never store clothes or blankets in plastic bags or airtight containers.

• Wicker hampers or wooden and rattan trunks are best for storing garments and linens because they breathe.

The average person spends one third of his or her life in bed. After a lifespan of 75 years, that amounts to 25 years, or 9,125 days, of sleep.

SAFE STORAGE OF SOME COMMON FABRIC TYPES

Leather and suede. Store in a dry closet. When possible, cover the garments with clean, white cotton sheets. For soft leathers, store garments flat and wrap them in white tissue or sheets.

Rayon. Store flat, wrapped in white tissue paper or sheets, or hang garments, and cover with sheets.

Linen. Roll the items, don't fold, and cover with sheets.

Silks and knits. Store flat, wrapped in tissue paper or sheets.

Fur. Professional cold storage is the way to go for expensive or valuable garments. If you must store at home, be sure to store in a cool, dark place, and cover with sheets.

Wool. Lay flat and cover with sheets. Store in a cool, dark place.

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