Learn How To Fold A Fitted Sheet In Less Than 2 Minutes

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Every time a fitted sheet comes out of the dryer, an intense internal debate begins: Do you try to piece this ridiculously shaped linen into a tight, flat rectangle? Or do you just go ahead and wad it up into a ball to avoid the frustration?

Most of us usually end up somewhere in the middle with a sort of rumpled rectangle, and then we do our best to tuck and hide any unruly corners that have refused to conform.

Fortunately, Jill Cooper of Living on a Dime has a foolproof method for folding fitted sheets that only takes two minutes to complete.

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And, if you’ve been tucking those wayward corners in at the end, you are on the right track!

A key piece of Cooper’s strategy is making sure that the corners are tucked in. Cooper suggests fitting one corner into the other right at the very beginning, which makes the rest of the folding process go so much more smoothly.

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Once you’ve got those corners tucked in, it makes it much easier to fold the sheet — almost as if you’re folding a regular flat sheet.

Make sure you tackle fitted sheets on a flat surface. You’ll need it for smoothing and straightening as you go.

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Watch the video below for the full tutorial — and you’ll never have to wrestle with rumpled fitted sheets again!

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If you want to take your fitted sheet-folding skills to the next level, Cooper recommends storing the folded fitted sheet, along with the top sheet and any additional pillowcases right inside of one of the pillowcases to keep the entire sheet set in one tidy little bundle. What a clever idea!

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After you’ve mastered the fine art of folding fitted sheets, you will no longer have to hide your disorderly linen closet.

You may even “accidentally” leave the door open to show off your handiwork.

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If your new-and-improved linen closet, with rows of neatly folded sheets tucked inside pillowcases, has you feeling inspired to organize the rest of your house, then you’ll want to check out our list of seven things organized people always have in their homes.

One of the things you’ll always find in an organized house is a shoe rack. Without one (or a few), shoes inevitably end up scattered by the front and back doors in unsightly piles.

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Another secret of organized homes? Drawer organizers. That’s right. If you really want your house to be neat and tidy, you can’t just stuff things in drawers. That leaves the mess out of sight — but not out of mind.

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9 Kitchen Items You’ve Been Cleaning All Wrong

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I bet you were nervous to open this article. I always am when I read a headline that suggests everything I thought I knew could be wrong. But congratulations, you took the first step. You’re here because you know there are few things in life more satisfying than a sparkly-clean kitchen. And we’re here to tell you that with these nine helpful tips, and not much extra time, you can easily start keeping your kitchen tools and appliances much cleaner—and breathe easier because of it!

1. Unorganize Those Spoons

Isn’t it refreshing to be told to get un-organized? The logic here is that even though an organized silverware basket in the dishwasher may be easier to unload, utensils lined up in the same direction, especially nesting spoons and forks, can trap food and gunk. Water will not flow as easily between them and things can get stuck.

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2. Keep That Skillet Dry

You probably already know you should only hand-wash your cast iron, but did you know that you need to make sure you thoroughly hand-dry it and then oil it too? Otherwise you’ll quickly be adding rust to your ingredient list every time you cook in it. You may also try the technique that cleans the pan with a potato.

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3. Stainless Steel Should Get Its Own Special Cleaner

Trust me, you will never get the perfect shine any other way. Try this formula. Or hey, if you are satisfied with clouded and streaked surfaces, then carry on with your all-purpose cleaner.

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4. Garbage Disposal Stench

Be honest, when was the last time you cleaned your garbage disposal? Small bits of food left unrinsed can lead to a smell coming from your sink. Combat the stench by putting a few ice cubes in to clean the blades. Then run a few citrus peels through to leave a fresh scent.

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5. Can Openers Do Get Dirty

When was the last time you cleaned your can opener? Never? Oh dear, time to start. Cleaning a handheld can opener is easy enough. Just soak it in warm soapy water then wipe it down with a cloth. For an electric opener, you will want to soak any removable pieces. Then wipe down the base and pieces before reattaching them.

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6. Scrub Your Board

As much as we all love our wooden cutting boards, they do take a little more work than their plastic counterparts. Warm soapy water will work after cutting fruits or veggies, but you will need something a little more intense for when you finish cutting raw meat. A bleach solution will eliminate any danger of cross contamination.

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7. Special Glassware Requires Special Care

Hand-painted and vintage glasses should get special treatment. If you take the time to hand-wash them, the paint will last longer and you’ll avoid any etching that could be caused by a dishwasher.

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8. Your Coffee Maker Definitely Needs More Attention

Cleaning your coffee maker goes beyond descaling it once a month—an essential step if you want enjoy the full flavor of your coffee. First, take off any removable pieces and soak in soapy water. Then wipe down the outside before reattaching. The more often you do it, the less the coffee oils will contaminate your pot.

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9. Don’t Forget The Dishwasher

This is probably one of the most important kitchen appliances to keep clean. If it’s dirty, then every dish in your kitchen will be dirty. An empty run with white vinegar in the detergent compartment will break up any stains or lime deposits. You should then make sure to take out the racks and wipe down the sides and door of the dishwasher. Pay special attention to the wheels on the racks because food and bacteria can easily get trapped in them.

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Here’s How 7 Brides Transformed Their Gowns After The Wedding

Most brides put a lot of thought into finding the perfect ensemble for the big day. But what happens to that gorgeous gown when the wedding is over? All of that time and money has seemingly gone to waste. All there is to show for it is a dress, usually a white one, that will probably never be worn again.

Well, that’s not true for these clever brides! Check out how these creative women transformed the wedding dresses into beautiful and versatile pieces that remind them of that special day every time they put it on.

  1. The First Anniversary Dress

Newlywed Cristina divided and conquered her bridal gown to re-wear it on her one-year anniversary. After hiring a seamstress to separate the lace from the lining, she dyed the two pieces separately. Then once again two became one and she was left with a gorgeous two-toned cocktail dress.

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2. Dye Job

Armed with a bottle of wine dye, vinegar, and salt, Jillian brought new life to her would-be wedding gown. After a few months of mourning, she drowned her sorrows in a tub full of dye. Then she snipped off some extra baggage from the bottom, giving the dress (and herself) a fresh, bold future.

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3. Getting The Blues

Another  simple dye job brought this dress from rehearsal dinner material to a gorgeous choice for any formal event. The brilliant blue was a perfect hue for the dress and the bride.

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4. Chic Update

How chic is this tea-length blue dress? From the looks of it, this cool transformation required just some fabric dye and a few alterations.

5. A New Cocktail Dress

Ellen’s former wedding dress shows off her sultry side in this hand-dyed blue cocktail dress.

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6. Bedazzled

It’s amazing what can be done with a little pink ribbon. Path to Green blogger Karyn replaced her ivory sash with this hot pink one and left extra to form a large bow in the back. With her remaining ribbon she decided to add some trim to the hem, neckline, and shoulder straps to pull it all together.

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7. New Accessories

With all the material in a wedding gown, why limit yourself to just a new dress? Add some accessories by creating a belt and clutch to go with it. Tash reworked her gown into this sweet dress by switching out the bottom. She then tied the two separate pieces together with a belt leaving plenty of material for a shell purse. 

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