Got more sheets than the best-dressed ghost? Here's how to store them all.
Sheet Thread Count Guide: Ply of Fabric
Check the ply of the fabric used in the sheets. The ply of the fabric is used to describe how many threads are wrapped together into one single thread. Single-ply fabrics use threads on their own as opposed to double-ply fabrics that are made up of two pieces of thread twisted together. So technically, a thread count of 800 could be made of only 400 double-ply threads or could contain 800 single-ply threads.

Your bedding keeps you warm and comfortable when you're most vulnerable. Because these are important necessities for helping you be rested and ready for the next day, it's imperative that they be in optimal condition.

Linen Closet Lesson

  • The shelves of your closet should be painted and clean. Wood that is left unfinished can stain fabric.
  • Don't overfill a small linen closet. Instead, keep sheets in the bedroom they belong in. Put them in a drawer or on a closet shelf.
  • Sort sheets you use often into categories based on room of use and season. Each bedroom gets its own shelf, and each shelf is divided for flannel and regular sheets.
  • Place items that you use only occasionally in less accessible areas such as the top shelf. This is a great spot for those warm blankets that you may need only a few times a year.
  • Keep a box of baking soda or a lavender sachet in the closet so linens smell fresh.

Unraveling the Mystery of Folding a Fitted Sheet
It can be done! We have proof that you don't have to be an expert in origami to fold a fitted sheet. Follow these step-by-step instructions for the perfect sheet solution.

  1. Start with the sheet inside out. Put one hand in each of two adjacent corners running the width of the sheet, with hands palm up and the seams running along the length of your hand.
  2. Bring your right palm over your left, and fold the right-hand corner over the left, carefully lining up the seams of the sheet. The right-hand corner should now be right side out. Next, reach down, and grab the corner that is adjacent to the one that was in your right hand, and fold it over the other two, again lining up the seams. This third corner will be inside out. Bring the last corner up, and fold it over the others so it is right side out, lining up the seams.
  3. The hard part is over. Lay the sheet out, and straighten up the edges.
  4. Fold the elastic edges in first. You want to keep the elastic hidden for a neater stack in your linen closet.
  5. Fold the sheet until you have a small rectangle.

"Take Good Care of Bed Linens" is from the March 2008 issue of Southern Living.