Unitasker Wednesday: Fit and Fold

All Unitasker Wednesday posts are jokes β€” we don’t want you to buy these items, we want you to laugh at their ridiculousness. Enjoy!

Until I took notice of how manufacturers fold their fitted sheets for packaging, I was abysmal at the chore. Once I learned how to fold a fitted sheet without all the corner tucking nonsense, however, I realized it was extremely simple. In seconds flat I can fold a fitted sheet as well as a top sheet. No lumps, no fuss, no partner necessary, no special tools, and no need to watch a video explaining the technique every time I do laundry.

Unfortunately, like most tasks that seem difficult, there is an inventor ready to produce a plastic doodad who is also eager to take your money from you. Presenting, the Fit and Fold:

I don’t see any time advantage these buttons have to folding a fitted sheet without them. And, who wants four large, unattractive buttons on their bed when the sheets are in use? I’m envisioning my hair getting caught in one of the buttons while I sleep. Ack! Also, does anyone else find it strange that he says he doesn’t have five minutes to learn how to fold a fitted sheet properly, but his video is 4 min and 29 seconds to watch? I’m calling shenanigans!! Shenanigans! The guy definitely has five minutes.

Thanks to reader RL for introducing us to this fun unitasker!

38 Comments for “Unitasker Wednesday: Fit and Fold”

  1. posted by SarahJ on

    My favorite part of this is when he makes the simplest task sound insurmountable. I’ve been folding fitted sheets in under a minute since I was about 11 years old. Apparently that makes me a god among mortals as far as this guy would be concerned.

  2. posted by Karyn on

    Seriously? Who CARES??? Does this poor soul lose that much sleep every night over whether his fitted sheets are folded perfectly flat? Mine get folded well enough to fit in the clear sweater box labled “Sheets and Pillowcases,” where they are utterly forgotten until I need to change the sheets on my bed.

    Silly enough, but THEN I got to the part where he’s angsting over making sure one gets the TOP of the sheet at the TOP of the bed. OMGOMGOMG. Does anybody, in Real Life, really keep track of one end being the “top” and the other being the “bottom”? As long as you correspond short sides to short sides and long sides to long sides, you’re good to go.

    Wow. Thanks for the laughs, Erin. I’m not sure if this is even a Unitasker so much as a STUPIDtasker, but in terms of Wednesday afternoon entertainment, it delivers. πŸ˜€

  3. posted by Beverly D on

    Everyone always makes such a fuss over folding fitted sheets. All you have to do is match the corner seams like pockets. It’s not that hard.

  4. posted by cass on

    Great gord. This is like those knife commercials where they mangle the bread/tomato/whatever by squeezing it so hard it mashes just to prove their knife is sharper.

  5. posted by allen on

    Why does it matter if your sheets have creases?

  6. posted by Suz on

    People actually fold their sheets? Mine go directly from the dryer back on the bed.

  7. posted by Alisan on

    Oh my! Can you imagine the chaos that would ensue if a blue/green colorblind person tried to use this system?

  8. posted by Mike on

    I’m with @Suz. Folding sheets is as pure a waste of time as you’ll ever encounter. Sheets in a closet are out of sight and mind, and sheets applied to a bed flatten all by themselves.

    For that matter, I see no reason to make a bed except when preparing to host visitors. That’s time spent on a task you’re going to undo in less than a day, and you can never get that time back.

    Great Unitasker!

  9. posted by Carrie C on

    I couldn’t watch past the 3 minute mark. Really, how hard is it? It’s not even a Unitasker – it’s a nontasker.

  10. posted by Tricia on

    Thanks for the chuckle! I learned how to fold a fitted sheet when I was very young and was always so proud of myself for being able to do it quickly, neatly and efficiently. Top of the sheet vs bottom of the sheet? Who cares?! Now I keep only one set of sheets per bed and they go directly from dryer to mattress – no folding necessary.

  11. posted by jane on

    One set of sheets – laundry to bed, no folding necessary.

  12. posted by angelicious on

    That’s terrific! A sheet folder! πŸ™‚ I actually only learned how to fold a fitted sheet a few years ago (corner pockets are treated as seams, it’s quite easy once you get the hang of it).

    For those mentioning the dryer-to-bed method, that worked when it was just us and not a mountain of laundry. With two boys and bi-monthly houseguests, extra sheets are a necessity (plus, I line-dry, even in winter).

    I bought two sets of the exact same sheets for our bed. We strip the bed, put on the closet sheets, and put the dirty sheets in the hamper. Saturday sheet changing – DONE. If I waited to to change sheets when I actually had time to go through the strip/wash/re-make process, it’d be 9PM on a Saturday night with me groaning & moaning. o_O

    Added bonus: the sheets last much longer in the rotation process.

  13. posted by Happy Dogs on

    Ah, Jane beat me to it. One set of sheets is more uncluttered.

  14. posted by Karyn on

    I like to have extra sheets–and definitely pillowcases–within reason, because I don’t want to have to wash bedding every single week. πŸ˜‰ However, I do like to *change* my bedding every week, and the pillowcase a couple of times per week. Cuts down on the dust mite problem, for those of us with said allergies. And really, sheets don’t take that much space, at least for one person living alone. And they certainly don’t need to be pristinely folded to military regulations!

    (Not that any military regulations I’ve ever heard of would go within a country mile of those silly blue buttons labeled “top” and “bottom”….)

  15. posted by Natalie on

    Ha ha ha ha ha!! He’s using striped sheets for his demo. Striped sheets are usually placed lengthwise on the bed!!

    I fold my fitted sheets that way without any buttons or snaps and it certainly doesn’t take me 5 minutes to fold a sheet!!

  16. posted by SarahJ on

    I agree with Natalie. (If he can’t figure out which way the sheet goes on the bed, he probably shouldn’t be living alone in the first place.)

  17. posted by teresa joyce on

    If fitted sheets are a big fascination then have a peek at this
    http://functional-linens.com/default.aspx
    They fold as you would the traditional fitted bed sheets but they perform so much better !

  18. posted by momofthree on

    And then there is the DH’s method of “folding:”

    Wrap any size sheet that comes out of the dryer around his arms so that he looks like he is wearing a MUFF, pulls the wrapped hand out, stuffs sheets in to appropriate drawer and walks away.

    His take on pillowcases: snapped, folded into 1/4’s and placed in drawer along with sheets.

    Hey, they are cleaned and put away, why should anyone care?

  19. posted by knitwych on

    Anybody else make it through the video? Dude flares quite the snarky attitude at the end as he’s wrapping up his self-congratulatory testimonials. If I didn’t know better, I’d think that vid was something from MadTV or SNL.

  20. posted by Ashley on

    Hilarious! I laughed out loud until I was red in the face. I sent an email out to my friends and family so they could enjoy.

    My mom asked where to buy them…

  21. posted by Lady in a Smalltown on

    @knitwych – I didn’t actually watch the video, but I listened to it while reading the comments. This guy would never have made it through American Inventor or Shark Tank.

    Fun product to use? Dork. Can you wash the sheets with the snaps or do you have to take them off and put them on each time?

    I have always thought if sheet makers would just sew the short sides with a different color thread than the longs it would be that much easier to put the sheets on.

  22. posted by Jennifer on

    I saw the end of the video! “Many people wish they invented these. I’m Cooper and I did.” Gag me with a spoon! Also, I noticed that my queen-size fitted sheet is more flat when I put it on the bottom of the laundry pile than his folded (striped-good catch Natalie!) demo sheet. D’oh!

  23. posted by Plain Good Sense on

    Oh my gosh. I have long been a fan of unclutterer and the unitaskers – but today I am embarrassed to say that I actually OWN this one!! And, to tell you the truth – we’ve been pretty disappointed. They do put holes in the corner of your sheets, and one of the four has actually broken and fallen off, so now we’re down to three. However, the top side of the buttons that show are kind of cute – and definitely don’t interfere with your sleeping – you don’t even know they’re there.

    I only bought one set to try, thinking if I liked them I would buy them for all the sets of sheets in our house. I haven’t been impressed enough to purchase more.

    They do make folding a fitted sheet slightly easier, but their most helpful function is actually when you’re putting the sheet on the bed, because the buttons are labeled “bottom right” or “top left” so you know where that corner is supposed to go. I find this very helpful (I’ve always thought that blankets and sheets should have a small “top” and “bottom” embroidered on them). It’s way better than trying to fit the sheet on one way, discovering it’s wrong, and having to turn it the other direction.

    Still, though, I’m a little embarrassed that I purchased it. πŸ™‚

  24. posted by thisisbeth on

    I’m pretty sure if I bought these, I’d put them on wrong in the first place and have to remember “The one labeled ‘bottom left’ needs to go on the top left or bottom right.” On the other hand, I have a waterbed, so I don’t have the elastic corners on my sheets (and the top and bottom are sewed together). But even as a kid, I knew how to fold my fitted bottom sheets. I never thought of it as impossible–annoying, but with this system, you still have to find the four corners and match the right ones.

  25. posted by Joan on

    I agree with all the previous posts. (And I hope this comment does not seem too snarky.) Why fold sheets instead of having one set? Got it. Why is folding fitted sheet so seemingly vexing? Got it. Why do people invent goofy things? Got it! Why are we all spending time trying to figure out the best way to fold sheets? Got it!

    I’ve been washing and folding sheets non-stop for a month for reasons too involved to discuss. It is, simply, a pain. Flat, fitted, no matter. Ours are cheap, not square and very frustrating. And, only one set per bed (five people, five beds) in our home.

    Is it possible just to give ourselves a break? No one, except perhaps my mother, wakes up in the morning wanting to wash and fold sheets.

    I think (hope) the problem is that we’d all rather be doing something else than folding and/or putting sheets on the bed.

  26. posted by Sheryl on

    It’s pretty easy to just use a sharpie to mark the elastic on the top and bottom of the sheet after you finally figure it out and get it on the bed. (Just use a generic mark that’s big enough to see, or write “top” and “bottom” if you need more specific instructions – j/k! πŸ˜‰ )

    Once the bed’s made you won’t see it, and that way, figuring out how to put the thing on is a snap (no pun intended.) We have a king size bed and those fitted sheets are pretty much square – making the bed drove me NUTS until I did this.

    And I would agree – folding them is no big deal once you take the time up front to figure out how to do it. No silly plastic snaps needed.

  27. posted by Linda on

    Not even the guy himself can keep a straight face..

    in the middle of the video he’s actually laughing. I’m guessing about all of those poor souls who will be convinced they need such a silly invention?

    Greetings from the netherlands!

  28. posted by Anita on

    I have to say, the flatness of my folded fitted sheets has never kept me up nights.

    This nitpickiness reminds me of the time my parents were changing their carpets and my dad insisted on taking all of the underpad staples out of the hardrwood floor before putting the new underpad on, including the staples that were embedded so deeply that taking them out was a pain and they failed to make even a microscopic bump on the floor surface. The reason? To quote my dad: “because I’ll know they’re there and it’s going to bother me.” Sigh!

  29. posted by Karen on

    I don’t need my sheets to be perfect! All of it gets folded pretty well and stuffed in a pillow case. It may not be the prettiest or most efficient way to store them, but anyone in the house can grab a pillow case and they have everything they need to make the bed.

  30. posted by Sky on

    I have to admit I’ve always had trouble folding fitted sheets. I do the best I can to make them semi-flat and put them in the linen closet. Think I will just stick to my system as it works for me.

  31. posted by Nat on

    I don’t love folding sheets, and I am quite capable of doing it by myself. However, hubby & I for some reason always make a point of helping each other fold sheets. There’s something fun about doing that task together. Maybe we need to get out more.
    Nnow we also have a toddler that likes to get on the sheet and have us swing her in it like a hammock. We don’t fold our sheets in record time, but this unitasker would spoil our fun.
    BTW, kudos to those who can do only one sheet set, but I’ve always had to get the bed covered up right away with a new set because of the pets and because our laundry sometimes takes forever because we pause a lot between the steps (ie get sheets to laundry room, put in washer, remember to take out of washer and put in dryer, etc.)

  32. posted by Jill on

    That’s extremely goofy, I like other people who have posted, don’t fold my sheets…I put them back on the bed after they get washed! lol thanks so much for this stupidtasker. πŸ˜€

  33. posted by Jinkies on

    I have a 20 year old son with delays and this would work wonders for him. He does have a lot of OMGOMGOMG moments where the colored labeled dots would ease some of that anxiety.

    Typically that’s the purpose of the unitaskers, to make things possible for folks with various disabilities that have a hard time performing the easy every day tasks that most folks don’t fret over.

  34. posted by biscuitx on

    Jinkies, thanks for the perspective! Will have to think from this point of view more often.

    From now on, the only sheets I will buy will have a directional pattern on them, as in, stripes, in order to always know which pocket goes where. Though the sharpie idea from above is pretty good too!

    I can’t have just one set of sheets. Too often I am changing sheets because the dogs have thrown up on the bed(I know, maybe they should not be on the bed) and I have to go back to sleep soon, can’t wait for the laundry!

  35. posted by xo on

    i like to be in charge of what is the “top” and the “bottom” in my bed! (at least the guy is cute.)

    thanks for the unitasker laugh!

  36. posted by Jeanne B. on

    My initial reaction to the video was, “Hey, Cooper–OCD much?”

    Then I read Jinkies’ post, and realized something. To those of us who either don’t care if the sheet is folded, or who can do it easily, his product seems ridiculous, and the attitude of condescension is irritating.

    He’d likely have more success if he changed his target market to people with challenges, dropped the condescension, changed the colors (for the color blind) and made the words into symbols and/or added Braille (for those with reading/visual challenges).

    Also, what is different about a “post”? Somehow the post has to get through the fabric to the other side. Unless it can teleport or connect through invisible holograms, the only way is by piercing the fabric, right?

  37. posted by Leslie on

    I used to have to fold fitted sheets really nice and neat and flat because I worked at a guest ranch and they were persnickety about that sort of thing. It’s really not that hard. Now that I only fold my own sheets, my technique has gotten a little sloppy, but as long as they fit in the cupboard, who cares?

    I agree with the commenter who has extra sets of sheets so she can just strip the bed and make it up right away and not have to make sure the laundry is done before she can go to bed at night. If one set works for you, more power to you, but the extra set model definitely works better for me.

  38. posted by Scott Reed on

    Fitted sheets are remarkably easy to fold. In less time than it takes you to watch the video for this guy’s product, you can watch this quick video for a quick and easy method that gets a flat fitted sheet parcel every time:

    http://www.associatedcontent.c....._than.html

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