How to Change Your Sheets in Under an Hour

We all have certain chores that we don’t mind doing. Some people prefer washing dishes over vacuuming or taking out the trash over dusting the shelves. If you have more than one person at home, these tasks can be split up accordingly.

But when you live alone, all of these tasks fall to you. And aside from picking up that one string the vacuum refused to pick up, I have to say one thing I find extremely tedious is changing the sheets on my bed.


Let’s examine the process.

It starts with simply ripping off the covers and throwing the pillows and blankets in a heap on the floor with dramatic flair—and about 1/100th of the time it will take me to remake the bed.


It’s at this point I realize there’s no turning back and  swallow a small lump of panic. With the old sheets in the basket and the new sheets still folded in a pile, I am now committed to following through with the process if I want to sleep on sheets ever again.

Ever again!

Exhausted by the thought, I take the sheets from the shelf and let them rest on the bed for a bit while I rest for a bit on my own.


I will usually get (intentionally) distracted by something more interesting like watching the squirrels and cursing Disney movies for leaving me so disillusioned about small woodland creatures and their willingness to help me with chores.

But I steel myself up and return to my task, plowing through the bottom sheet and two pillows and fighting with the corners of death.


 You know what I’m talking about.

The only thing harder than fitting the elastic-ish corners of the bottom sheet across each of the four ends of the mattress without one popping off every time is actually folding the bottom sheet when it comes out of the dryer.


Enter a quick break to test out the sheets and pillows, at which point I stare at the ceiling and decide I should probably wipe off the ceiling fan at that exact minute.

About 20 minutes later I continue on with my journey of placing the top sheet on with equal amounts of sheet on either side of the bed.


But no matter how hard I try, I end up walking back multiple times to pull the sheet a little bit more on one side before tucking it under the mattress.

If it’s too short on one side, I end up pulling the whole thing out when I get into bed. If I pull it too far up the front, my feet will poke out of the bottom and there’s a good chance I’ll wake up with the excess sheet wrapped around my head and panic that the cat’s trying to smother me.

Yup, still single, people.

Anyway, once sheet side distribution is complete, I triumphantly throw on the blanket with the flair of a matador waving his flag. After ensuring equal blanket distribution—see sheet step above—the task is finally complete a mere 45 minutes or so later.


Holy sheet.

I’m exhausted just thinking about it, but at least now the bed will have sheets.

Like the blog? Buy the books and cool things!


P.S. Facebook has changed it’s reach AGAIN and only 5-10 percent of people are seeing my updates. To ensure you’re not missing a thing, add my Facebook page to your “Interests” lists, subscribe to my blog or follow me on Twitter.

27 responses to “How to Change Your Sheets in Under an Hour

  1. I literally just changed the sheets on my bed so I know well of what you speak! Add in the fact that for some reason our new mattress weighs about 1,000 pounds; which makes tucking the sheets in a real workout.

  2. I keep hoping the house elves will do it for me.

    I also keep hoping for house elves.

  3. I only have the one set of sheets so the likelihood of me completely losing interest in the chore by the time the sheets have been washed and dried is about 100%. I will even confess that I have on occasion crawled under my uncovered duvet to sleep on a bare mattress.

  4. The process of thinking about changing the sheets takes hours, then I have to contest with the “help” I get from the pups while I’m actually changing the bedding.
    I’m exhausted already just from the thought of it!

  5. That made me laugh, Abby! I now only throw a comforter or light weight quilt on top, no flat sheet (and no Costanza moments for me), and I now have one (and only one. Must. Get. Another.) deep fitted sheet, so I no longer throw my back out getting those corners onto the mattress. And, I’m married…nope, I don’t cook either. No sheets, no meals. Poor hubby 🙂

  6. Love it! But try doing all of that with 4 or 5 cats racing around the bed thinking this is a fun game. :-/

  7. sisterhoodofthesensiblemoms

    I hate changing sheets + I only like one set of my sheets = a half day of torture that begins with me emptying out the dryer and washer. ::Finally realizes going online for another set of sheets might solve part of the problem:: Ellen

  8. I can’t tell which are the long sides on the bottom sheet and put it on wrong every. single. time. I also have to shut my dog out of the room if I actually want to accomplish the changing of the sheets.

  9. I only have one set that fits this one bed, so have to strip them, wash & dry, then put back on…with all the cats playing hide & seek in amongst it all…fun, fun…:)

  10. Now that there is only one of us (me)sleeping in my king size bed, I don’t worry about the exactness of the sheets and or comforter. As long as my side (which is the side that shows if anyone looks into my bedroom) is adequately covered, I’m good. But my cats do love to “attack” the sheets when I am trying to make the bed.

  11. Changing the sheets is something I dread like the plague

  12. To bad I gave my house elf a sock -_-

  13. My husband always gets so annoyed because I’ll usually wait a little before bedtime to get clean sheets/blankets on the bed. We’re both exhausted and just want to go to sleep but nope, have to make up the damn bed first. Yawwnnn…

  14. I’m dreading tomorrow because it’s sheet-changing day. The worst thing is I don’t change the blasted things! My home help does that horrible task, but I still hate sheet-changing day. Yes, I’m weird, very weird.
    PS: I love the colour of your walls.

  15. nadialouisebotha

    Oh dear, this is so accurate! I have a duvet as well as a blanket, with it’s cover. And putting that thing on is the EFFING worst! I have to put the duvet-corners in it’s respective cover-corners, only to notice I’ve got the wrong side. After getting the right side in, I put the corners in my mouth (and almost vomit every time- that texture in my mouth makes me gag), and jump up and down to get the cover all over the duvet, then I have to climb OUT OF THE COVER myself. Repeat blanket step.

  16. Yes. And I recently got an egg carton thing for the top of the mattress (ideally to keep me cooler, but it doesnt seem to be working). So now there’s an extra layer of hell when I try to put the bottom sheet on. Sigh.

  17. Lately, Ive discovered throwing a blanket across the couch makes for a wonderful nights sleep. That’s AFTER I stare at the bed without sheets. I become Scarlet O’Hara from Gone with the Wind. ” I’ll think about it tomorrow .”

  18. This definitely sounds about right. Too funny that we all have the same issues doing such a simple task as changing the sheets on a bed.

  19. I’m still trying to figure out how to fold those pesky fitted sheets once I have washed them, let alone how to put them on the bed. I say invest in a sleeping bag

  20. I feel like 50% of the time I should get the bottom sheet on right on the first try. Yet, it only happens like 10%. The odds are not in my favor. Damn bedding.

  21. I actually don’t mind changing my bed sheets. I have one set and I have to go through the whole process…. but I like it better than folding 1,000 pieces of children clothes… I have 5 kids so making the bed goes quick with them around. and my hubby is picky with the bed sheets so he get involved too. 🙂

  22. I feel so much better now. Not the only one.

  23. How does one fold a fitted sheet? It’s the works of Satan, I tell you.

  24. That’s great!! I will try. I always have difficult in doing this.

Talk to me

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s