Every morning, fold the futon into thirds exactly as shown. Don't roll it up.
Then, put away the futon mats as well as all the blankets and pillows into the oshi-ire (closet for bedding).
Now, the room is uncluttered and ready for other uses during the day, such as eating, studying or working at the table, entertaining guests or watching TV. Remember that traditional Japanese rooms are all-purpose rooms.
Oshi-ire are not just any kind of closet, but especially deep, spacious closets large enough for putting away futon bedding. (Remember, Japanese bedding is folded and put away every morning, and brought out every evening).
The word oshi-ire comes from two verbs: osu or oshimasu which means "push," and ireru or iremasu which means "to put in." These closets are called oshi-ire because you "push in" the bedding to put it away. Therefore Japanese oshi-ire are much bigger than closets in Western-style houses which are often only large enough to put away clothes and smaller household items.
Note that oshi-ire doors are almost always sliding fusuma doors.
tokonoma: decorative alcove | genkan: entryway | shoji and fusuma: paper wall panels | butsudan: Buddhist altar | kamidana: Shinto altar | ofuro-ba: bathing room | oshi-ire: closets
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