THERE will be some psychological benefits in attending this Saturday's Home Sweet Home Expo at Ballina, with a demonstration on a most humble but unbelievably frustrating household task.

This chore, which impacts on household tidiness, is often the cause of much frustration - in fact, it's enough to give you the sheets.

Members of the Spotlight team will not only show you how to fold a fitted sheet, but they will show you how to also fold pillow cases, dress pillow cases and the second sheet into the one, neat, square package which fits neatly into the linen closet.

For the mere male in this author, it seemed an impossible task. Once a fitted sheet was out of its packaging, never would it be able to be folded neatly again, and it was a matter of getting it as square as possible, stuffing it into the linen closet and slamming that door shut quickly.

But, apparently, there is hope that the days of folding your arms inside each other, knotting limbs and increasing blood pressure with the frustration of trying to square up those bloody elasticised edges (breathe, breathe...) are over.

SECRET REVEALED: Ballina Spotlight department team leader Karen Burke struggles with a fitted sheet before the Home Sweet Home expo.
SECRET REVEALED: Ballina Spotlight department team leader Karen Burke struggles with a fitted sheet before the Home Sweet Home expo. Marc Stapelberg

Spotlight fitted sheet-folding specialist and team leader in the Spotlight manchester department, Karen Burke, said the mystery of folding the fitted sheet neatly would be revealed, right before your very eyes, at the expo.

The magician said the secret was all in the corners, but to find out more, you will have to attend the workshop.

The sheet-folding demonstration is a bit of practical fun to be had on the day.

It will be partnered at Spotlight by a towel-folding competition, in which participants try to fold and stack as many towels as they can in 30 seconds, with a towel set up for grabs for the winner.

The Ballina Home Sweet Home Expo is organised by the Ballina Chamber of Commerce, with a range of exhibitors at the Ballina Homemaker Centre in Boeing Ave in the Southern Cross Industrial Estate. Organisers are expecting more than 5000 people to attend the event.

TV chippie Adam Doville will be there as well as an interior designer.

Executive officer of the chamber, Nadia Elliot-Burgess, said the expo was a "fantastic opportunity to see, compare and buy the latest new homes, house and land packages, off the plan developments, land estates, home loans and tax advice".

The expo will be held on August 1 from 9am to 5pm at the Ballina Home Maker Centre. If you would like to be one of the exhibitors at the expo, phone 02 6681 5049 or go to the exhibitors' section of the expo's website


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