Many household chores are deeply satisfying but folding
a fitted sheet in order to put it away is not one of them.
Ideally, a linen drawer or cupboard will contain neat piles
of sheets and pillowslips, all folded into squares or—if
needs must—rectangles. But a fitted sheet, being edged
with elastic, does not lend itself to this kind of order.
There is simply no way in the world that one can fold it
into a neat square, or indeed into anything other than a
crumpled mess. I don't like to think of the distress this
must cause in many a well-run home. Yes, I know there
are schools of thought about holding the sheet by the
corner seams and folding it that way but in my experience
such endeavours invariably end in ruin and rage—even
when teams of two make the attempt. The world awaits
the inventor who can crack this one. Fitted sheets are fine
on the bed but an aesthetic offence in the cupboard.