How to Fold Everything

Folding things isn't most people's idea of a good time, but these instructions can make the process go a bit faster. NDT/Shutterstock

You may be one of the select few who knows how to fold a fitted sheet correctly, but, as it turns out, there are better ways to fold everything from your T-shirts to your yoga mat, even your burritos. Read on to find out the best way to fold just about anything!

A fitted sheet

Folding a fitted sheet is one of the great mysteries of life. Are you one of those people who look enviously at the inside of your BFF's linen closet in wonderment at how she gets her fitted sheets to lay so flat instead of all bunched up (like it is in your closet)? Once you learn the tricks, you too can have a linen closet straight out of the Crate and Barrel catalog. Follow these four simple steps from Real Simple:

  1. Lay out the sheet. Spread the sheet on a flat surface, fitted corners up.
  2. Fold in half and tuck in corners. Fold sheet in half horizontally, tucking the fitted top corners into the fitted bottom corners.
  3. Fold lengthwise.
  4. Fold to desired size.

If you're a visual learner, watch this video to get the lowdown — and never be embarrassed by the state of your linen closet again.

How to fold a yoga mat

After yoga class, most people just roll up their yoga mat and don't give it another thought until their next class. But the way you're probably rolling up your yoga mat, you essentially rolling around in a germ farm the next time you get to class. Instead, fold your yoga mat in half first and then roll it up. This way, you keep all the germs from the bottom of your yoga mat where they belong — nowhere near your sweaty body.


There's a magic way to fold your burrito to ensure that the gooey goodness you've filled it with doesn't come squeezing out the sides. The secret? When you're done putting in all the fixings, fold it in half and then gently pull back on the burrito, forming the fillings into a neat roll. Then fold in each sides and roll on itself to complete.


Did you even know there was a right way to do this? Turns out that once you learn the T-shirt folding process, you'll shave minutes off your laundry routine, maybe even a full hour by year's end. But it's probably not the time-saving that'll make you want to learn this technique; it's that the inside of your T-shirt drawer will look like a display shelf at the Gap. Check out the video to learn this positively magical technique.

Sleeping bag

Sleeping bags are one of those items that take up way too much room when they're not in use. Make sure you're folding them in a way that maximizes your space! The key is to fold them in half first and then roll them up. As long as the corners and edges are aligned, you'll be able to roll it up neatly and tightly.

American flag

Did you know that the special way they fold an American flag at ceremonies and funerals was created and reserved for only the American flag? Though it may seem commonplace, it actually has quite a bit of meaning behind it:

From the 1938 book by James Moss entitled "The Flag of our United States":

"In the Army when, each day, the Flag is lowered at the last note of retreat, the greatest care is taken that no part shall touch the ground. The Flag is carefully folded into the shape of a tri-cornered hat, reminiscent of the hats worn by the soldiers who fought the War of the Revolution and won American independence. In the folding the red and white stripes are finally wrapped into the blue, as the light of day vanishes into the darkness of the night."

Pocket square

Want to channel Don Draper but aren't sure quite how? Add a pocket square to your ensemble to complete the look. Here's how to fold it just right:

  1. Lay the pocket square on a flat and clean surface.
  2. Fold the pocket square in half.
  3. Fold one side up. How much of the pocket square you fold in is depending on how deep your jacket's pocket is.
  4. Tug the folded pocket square into your breast pocket so that about 1/4 of an inch is visible.

Once you've got that one right, you can change it up a bit.


Organizing guru Marie Kondo has a simple yet effective way to fold pants. She actually has great ways to fold all your clothes in your wardrobe so that they can be stored in your drawer standing up! "The goal should be to organize the contents [of your closet or drawers] so that you can see where every item is at a glance, just as you can see the spines of the books on your bookshelf," Kondo writes in her organizing tome, "The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up: The Japanese Art of Decluttering and Organizing."

To get the details, watch this video:

You may even like to try her method for folding T-shirts, too, if the above method isn't tidy enough for you. (Just warning you though: It's addictive.)