Wednesday, December 2, 2015


It is no secret that I have a bit of a thing about bed sheets.

When Mike and I rented places for the winter in Venice, Florida, I would usually last about 90 minutes before I was refolding all the sheets in the rental linen closets.  I would tell myself upon arrival that this was a compulsive behavior that I should conquer.  I would tell myself I would just fold sheets properly as I changed and washed them.  I would tell myself there were far better things to do with my time.  It never worked.   I always broke down and refolded the sheets and pillow cases.

There's an advantage to having my own place...I know the sheets will be fine upon my Florida arrival.

But I don't call myself obsessive.

Alphabetizing books, CDs, spices--that's only common sense. The sheet thing is just a kind of tic.

I am thinking about this now because I was helping my friend Ginnie with laundry last week.  Now, Ginnie is a perfectionist about many things...folding fitted sheets apparently is not one of those things though.

Gin, I hope I didn't offend you by grabbing that pathetic, rolled up sheet out of your hands.  I couldn't help myself.

And here is a video of how it is done:


  1. Hey, come to my house in Hawaii and show me how to fold sheets.

  2. Your not the only one with strange rituals. lol

  3. I'm sending both you and Bob to rehabilitation. Tell me you don't restack the dishwasher if someone else has done it "wrong!!!"

    1. Oh, no - my brother does this! You are definitely OC.

  4. Well, I watched the video just to be sure. I was. I do it right! Not the least bit compulsive, not me.

  5. I have no idea how to fold a sheet or where my wife even stores them. However having fooled around with sheets when I was doing laundry for my mother, I must say I was impressed with the video and how neat the folded sheet ended up. The methodology appeals to my memories of pretending to be an engineer.

    That said, I also have a bit of a sadistic love for clutter and mess being brought up by a mother who was a combination of the woman in the video and Stalin. Also having lived through basic training in the military, I have a decided dislike for shined shoes, cut hair, starch and creases, hospital corners, and blankets tight enough to flip a quarter.

    I am a pathological slob, but one often impressed by the methods of the neat and tidy.

  6. Oh boy, you've got it bad! I limit my ocd to making sure my dollar bills are all facing the same way. After that I follow the advice on B's pillow about cleaning -- I sweep the room with a glance.

  7. You can come visit me in Tucson and teach me how to fold fitted sheets.

    I'm compulsive about keeping track of every cent we spend. On Quicken. For the last 15 years. Otherwise, not so much!

  8. can straighten out my check book in return!

  9. Aren't you fun?! I just reorganized my linens cupboard. It's a good feeling!

  10. Yup. I've been doing it that way since I saw Martha Stewart do it.

  11. I had no idea it was that easy. I just wash the sheets and put them back on the bed. When the set gets old or pilled I buy another set and do that same.

    However, I could have used that video earlier this morning when I was folding my daughter's laundry. Next time!

    Thanks for sharing.


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