Helpful Hints: Organizing Your Sheets

 organizing sheets

Flickr Photo Credit: Melissago 

OK, I admit it. I’m no Martha Stewart when it comes to folding bed linens. In fact, for years I’ve struggled not only with folding those fitted sheets, but with keeping all of my sheets organized so I can easily grab a set when I need to make a bed. Here’s what I’ve been doing for a while now, and it’s working out well for me.

First, I gather one complete set together . . . two pillow cases, one fitted sheet, and one flat sheet. Then, I fold up the flat and fitted sheets, as well as one pillow case (they don’t have to be perfect) and slide them all into the remaining pillow case.

Another way to help the rest of your family stay organized with this is to label at least the tag that’s inside of the holding pillow case with the size of the sheet set inside. Since we use thrift store sheets almost exclusively, the tags are often so faded there’s no way to tell unless you know from looking at them which size they are. So, using a fine tip permanent marker to label the inside tags of the pillow cases and the tags on the sheets altogether is a great way to help you stay organized with this system.

Since we also happen to be living in a recreational family water front property where we have a lot of company and different people making up beds, I’ve also incorporated an extra step that I hadn’t really used previously in our home. The clear, zip-up storage bags you can get at regular discount department stores. There are two sizes of beds in this cottage, full and queen. I have one clear zip-up storage bag for only full size sheet sets, and it’s labeled on the outside as well. The other is for the queen sets. I figure this will help when we close the property up for the winter, because all the clean linens will be protected from dust and ready to go when the place gets opened up again in the spring.


  1. Leyda says:

    I just found out your site.. is wonderful… keep up!
    I just read this article and got an extra idea with the big bag… I will do the same folding and putting inside one of the pillow cases and put them inside of the big ziplock bag… but with a different twist… I will get a bag for each bed in my house and hid it under the bed with their correspondent sheets inside the ziplock big bag… this is a greeeeat idea!
    Another thing I actually do is to fold towels in rolls… 1)put together the corners 2)fold the other way across 3)roll over from the corners inside! This makes it very organized and takes so much less space! You can stock one over the other til the top of the shelf!

  2. myscha39 says:

    Thanks, Leyda.

    The pillow case thing has made my life easier, and I’m glad it will help you out too. Good call on giving each bed their own bag.

    I think you are right on about the rolling of the towels. I also think it looks more like a spa or hotel to do it that way.