I, domestic

There are two things you can always count on with contemporary (which is to say “within the last few decades”) bedsheets: the fitted sheet wears out long before the flat sheet, and the flat sheet is easier to fold.

As a rule, I rotate through two or three sets of sheets, and toss the worst when I buy new ones. Unfortunately for this scheme, I was on the best set Sunday night, and apparently I thrashed enough to turn the Known Weak Spot in the fitted sheet into a major rip. (It was loud enough to wake me up, even.)

Fortunately, my criteria are not complex — no polyester, no microfiber, ~300 thread count — so snagging (whoops!) a new set proved to be relatively uncomplicated. (I am distrustful of packages claiming four-digit thread counts.) I went for a gold color this time, which will clash more with the comforter, so I have less of an excuse to put off replacing the comforter, which is starting to show Known Weak Spots on its own.


  1. Nicole »

    3 January 2012 · 6:31 pm

    One of my least favorite laundry tasks – folding fitted sheets. I stink at it.

  2. CGHill »

    3 January 2012 · 6:46 pm

    Once — and only once — I did it well enough to not want to use those sheets for several weeks, on the off-chance that someone might ask how it’s done. Like I could replicate it on demand or something.

  3. Tatyana »

    3 January 2012 · 8:15 pm

    theoretically, it is not too difficult to convert flat sheet into a fitted; you’ll need to cut corners to fit the mattress and sew in a sufficiently sturdy elastic.
    in practice, though, I don’t know anybody who’s doing it.

    it is not that difficult to fold in the fitted sheet; one (probably sole…) advantage of having to do my laundry in a laundromat is having to observe a professional (owner of the establishment), doing the washing/drying/folding for paying customers. although I can decently replicate him and get the same neat result, he’s still much quicker than me.

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