Making the impossible, possible!

Real Estate Agent with Jameson Sotheby's International Realty

You've all seen them.  Many of you have even tried them.  And almost all of you have been frustrated beyond belief.

You know the tik toks, and youtubes that show you how to fold a fitted sheet, right?

I used to just kinda crumble them into a randomly shaped ball, until it slightly resembled something that would fit into a drawer, or on a shelf.

One day I was perusing the internet, as one does, and I found a video (I don't remember if it was on youtube, tik tok, pinterest or somewhere else) of a Martha Stewart-esque woman folding a fitted sheet into a beautiful, flat square... the same sort of look/feel that my fitted sheet looked like when I first bought it.

Each time I changed the sheets on my bed, I tried to follow one of those demonstrations, and each time it ended in that rounded ball of a sheet and a lot of cursing.

Recently, somehow, someway I managed to follow one of those tik toks that I saw, with yet another random 'fitted-sheet-magician', and it worked.  Damn, it worked!  My fitted sheet wasn't quite a flat as when it first arrived (basically in an envelope), but it was flat-ish, and square and a delight to behold. 

I'm so proud of me... I just had to tell SOMEone, and you guys are the unlucky recipients of that need.  Now I only hope I can do it again and remember for the next time.

Posted by

 ALAN MAY, Realtor®   
Specializing in Evanston Real Estate and North Shore Real Estate

Jameson Sotheby's International Realty, 2934 Central Street, Evanston, IL 60201
Office: 847.869.7300      Cell: 847.924.3313      Email:

Evanston Real Estate & North Shore Real Estate
Licensed in Illinois


Comments (13)

Leanne Smith
Dirt Road Real Estate - Golden Valley, AZ
The Grit and Gratitude Agent

Husband can fold fitted sheets very well and very neat.  He has the patience for such an effort.

Sep 07, 2022 02:23 PM
Alan May

Great!!  I'll call you and have you send him to my house, for the next time!!

Sep 07, 2022 02:26 PM
Ray Henson
eXp Realty of California, Inc. (lic. #01878277) - Elk Grove, CA

Ok, now I need to know what Tik Tok guru to follow. I have never been able to do it either!

Sep 07, 2022 02:55 PM
Alan May

I wish I could remember where I saw it... I'd share it.

Sep 08, 2022 05:45 AM
Michael Jacobs
Pasadena, CA
Los Angeles Pasadena 818.516.4393

Hello Alan - congratulations.  One of life's many dilemmas accomplished.  Onward to the next.   So many to choose from.  Maybe putting a ship into a bottle.  Or perhaps world peace.  

Sep 07, 2022 03:45 PM
Alan May

let's start small.  I'd like to figure out how to keep my shoes tied.

Sep 08, 2022 05:45 AM
Kathy Streib
Cypress, TX
Home Stager/Redesign

Hi Alan- ok, now I'm having a good laugh for the day because I keep remembering and forgetting how to fold a fitted sheet. A good friend showed me years ago and after doing is successfully for years, I've forgotten.

OK now here's something for you to try. How to fold a shirt in under 2 seconds. (courtesy of YouTube.   I've tried it but still can't get the hang of it. 

Sep 07, 2022 06:04 PM
Alan May

I have seen this done several times... but "speed" is not my issue.

Sep 08, 2022 05:47 AM
Jeff Masich-Scottsdale AZ Associate Broker,MBA,GRI
HomeSmart Real Estate - Scottsdale, AZ
Arizona Homes and Land Group/ Buy or Sell

Congratulations Alan! To dream the impossible dream is a wonderful thing and then to accomplish it. It is a wonderful thing...Jeff 😎

Sep 07, 2022 08:11 PM
Alan May

I'm certainly enjoying it.

Sep 08, 2022 05:47 AM
Kat Palmiotti
406-270-3667,, Broker/REALTOR® - Kalispell, MT
Helping your Montana dreams take root

Thank you for sharing your excitement! That's quite an accomplishment!

I just learned how to do this this past week when we spent a bit of volunteer time helping the local Food Pantry/Store. Her tip was to fold in thirds after getting all the corners together. It worked great! I'm happy too!

Sep 08, 2022 05:10 AM
Alan May

simple pleasures...huh?

Sep 08, 2022 05:47 AM
Ed Silva, 203-206-0754
Mapleridge Realty, CT 203-206-0754 - Waterbury, CT
Central CT Real Estate Broker Serving all equally

I am blessed with almost perfectly flat fitted bottom sheets in the linen closet. I just don't know how my wife manages to do it.

Sep 08, 2022 07:29 AM
Alan May

Maybe she'd offer a class?

Sep 08, 2022 03:53 PM
Gwen Fowler SC Lakes & Mountains 864-710-4518
Gwen Fowler Real Estate, Inc - Walhalla, SC
Gwen Fowler Real Estate, Inc.

Fitted sheets are my demise.  I cannot get them back to being a square, I have tried.  I now have a box, I shape them the best I can, cover them with the top sheet, and cover that with neatly folded pillowcases.  The box looks neat, so I am happy.

Sep 09, 2022 04:32 AM
Alan May

I like that solution.

Sep 10, 2022 11:18 AM
Georgie Hunter R(S) 58089
Hawai'i Life Real Estate Brokers - Haiku, HI
Maui Real Estate sales and lifestyle info

Congrats on your small victory. It all adds up and fires the endorphins. 
Do you remember when there were no fitted sheets? 

Sep 09, 2022 01:44 PM
Alan May

I do, but i much prefer fitted sheets.

Sep 10, 2022 11:18 AM
Diana Dahlberg
1 Month Realty - Pleasant Prairie, WI
Real Estate in Kenosha, WI since 1994 262-308-3563

Alan, I think you hit on a subject matter that affects most people ... my husband just wads them up and hands them over to me to fix. This is comedic in so many ways. Thanks for a great and entertaining post this morning.

Sep 10, 2022 06:34 AM
Diana Dahlberg

Alan May LOL

Sep 10, 2022 12:39 PM
Alan May

That used to be my method, too... after fussing with it for a while and then giving up in frustration.

Sep 10, 2022 11:19 AM
Jeff Dowler, CRS
eXp Realty of California, Inc. - Carlsbad, CA
The Southern California Relocation Dude

This was so funny, Alan. I so identify with your dilemma but I've never taken the time to check out Tik Tok or YouTube on how to fold a fitted sheet. I do my best but my wife is the expert. I'd rather just put it right back on the bed and not worry about folding.

Congratulations on your success! Time for YOUR video on how to do it right?


Sep 11, 2022 12:48 PM
Alan May

oh, there will be no such video.  I am much more comfortable behind the camera.   waaaaay behind the camera.

Feb 24, 2023 04:25 AM
Laura Cerrano
Feng Shui Manhattan Long Island - Locust Valley, NY
Certified Feng Shui Expert, Speaker & Researcher

I don’t really have a counterpoint to this one, but to say this isn’t a weir.

May 21, 2023 10:36 PM
Alan May

It's definitely not a weir.

May 22, 2023 04:43 AM
Laura Cerrano
Feng Shui Manhattan Long Island - Locust Valley, NY
Certified Feng Shui Expert, Speaker & Researcher

Again, this is another one where there are a lot of ways that this one can go in all different directions.

May 21, 2023 10:38 PM