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Wednesday, 28 June 2006
my little obsession
I don't know if I've mentioned it before, but I have this little OCD thing that I do. My towels have to be folded in a certain way. Anything else is WRONG! My mother passeed this one on to me, so I blame her. She used to make me re-fold towels if I didn't do them right. I've been tying very hard to get over it, because it's just not important, but it's so hard to do. Rob doesn't care how the towels are folded, so if he folds them, his pile of towels always drives me crazy. We've lived together for a very long time now, and I can usually stop from saying something (because I know if I do, he'll just stop folding laundry completely, and that will be so much worse). I can't always stop from re-folding them though. He never even notices. But it's driving me up the wall, so I came here to vent.

Look at the towel on the top of this pile. Isn't it nice and neat? The bottom one is folded wrong.

Here look closer. Isn't that just offensive? Yuck. All the edges are sticking out everywhere. And when he piles them up, they aren't even turned the same way so the big fold can be grabbed without unfolding the towel in the process. Sickening.

Here's a towel folding lesson:

Step 1. Fold the towel in half. Not along the short side. That's just silly. Put those stupid little seam thingys together. What's with those anyway? Anyone know why they exist?

Step 1 1/2. Move the kid out of the way, so you can take some more pictures. Isn't she cute!

Step 2. Fold it in half again. Along the same axis. Duh. Don't go switching directions yet. And make sure that the short sides don't stick out.

Step 3. Fold it in half again. Now we switch directions. No, don't leave the stupid seam out for everyone to see. Keep it in the inside of the fold. No one needs to even know it exists. See, isn't that much better?

They stack up so pretty that way. And when you pull a towel off the stack, you only have one fold available, so it comes off still folded up pretty.

And the seams are hidden on the inside along with the edges of the towel.

Now you know how to fold towels. Aren't you glad? You're excused to your linen closets now to apply what you've learned.

p.s. The stores fold them wrong too. But their towels aren't all raggedy after being washed umpteen million times, so it doesn't look so bad. I very rarely re-fold towels in the stores.

p.p.s. His mom folds them that way too, but it's easier to deal with. After all, she has no responsibility for the laundry. She's just doing it to help out. Thanks Darra. I don't usually re-fold the towels after you've left - only sometimes. :)

p.p.p.s. My mother also makes you re-fold towels if you fold them inside out (the folded over part of the hem is visible). She has issues, but not me because, well, I'm not THAT crazy.

Posted by ktjrdn at 10:24 CDT
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Thursday, 29 June 2006 - 07:08 CDT

Name: "Jill"

the men in the white coats are coming to take you away (he he) they're coming to take you away...

I don't fold towels that way.. because my my didnt. It's "seam out" trifolded. Matt doenst know how to fold them this way either, i have showed him a couple of times, but again, I'm friggin smart enough to know if there's too many rules to anything, he may just quit playing the game. Although, I did learn how to properly "fold" his tshirts without much complaint and he doesnt go back and re-fold them anymore. so I guess we're even...

isn't marriage fun? (they're going to take me away.. he he.......)

Thursday, 29 June 2006 - 08:59 CDT

Name: "Mom"

lol!!!  You are too funny, but the worse part about it is when I was at your house last week you were folding towels and I watched to make sure you did it right.  If you learned nothing else, at least you learned how to fold a towel and NOW everyone who knows you can learn!  My legacy continues!!!

Saturday, 1 July 2006 - 02:02 CDT

Name: "Cousin Valerie"

I'm so glad to know that I'm not alone.  I'm pretty sure that our mother's had the same towel-folding upbringing because our method/symptoms are the same.  I have to admit that Aunt Jan and I have the same obsession with the hems on the end of the towel, I'm crazy about those too.

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