Baskets moment: Use pillowcases to keep sheet sets together!

Guestpost by Robyn on Oct 16th

Photo courtesy of Martha Stewart… of freaking COURSE.

I'll tell you a secret: I cannot fold sheets. I just don't have the attention span. I get bored halfway through folding one sheet. Actually one of my aims in life is to avoid folding anything at all. As a result I have always had a tangled mess of sheets and pillowcases and towels hidden away in a cupboard somewhere.

When I change my sheets, I like to take the sheets off the bed, leave the bedding to air and put fresh sheets on just before I go to bed. This means that when I am making the bed I am tired and half asleep and not even slightly in the mood to root through a tangled mess looking for pillowcases that match. This leads to swearing, and night time grumpiness, and has been known to make my husband sit on the floor and declare that he is giving up on life entirely.

Recently I was trying to put away our shiny new bedsheets that we got as wedding presents and I realised… I cannot put them in with the tangled mess and something must be done. So I took all of the things out of the cupboard and picked out some to throw out and then started trying to fold things and lost the will to live halfway through folding my first duvet cover. And that was when I had the little revelation, which is this: Find a matching set. Take three of the pillowcases, the duvet cover and the sheet and put them into the other pillowcase. The outer pillowcase will show you what set it is, and all of the things will be right there! No hunting around late at night when all you want to do is sleep! No folding things! No tangled mess!

This is such a simple silly tiny thing but it has made me so unreasonably happy (I phoned my husband from work just to tell him to go and look in the cupboard and admire my genius) that I thought I would share it, in case there is anyone else out there who doesn't have all of their sheets perfectly folded and organised. There must be someone, right?

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About Robyn

Robyn is a doctor living in Dundee with her musician husband. She hates folding things, and likes anything that makes housework get done faster.