Kids don't make beds anymore or they don't make them properly. I have two tips just for the bed. Forget the pillowcase only on your pillow! Put the coordinating pillow sham over the pillowcase of the pillow the kids sleep on and when they go to bed, have them flip it over and sleep on the non pretty side.
Place a large diaper pin on one corner (usually near the wall where it does not show) of the bed. Pin the comforter through the sheet to a small edge of the top mattress. Now when they get out of bed, all they have to do is flip the comforter up over the bed and flip the pillow on top of the comforter! Whew! That was easy. Happy Bed Making!
By Jane from Paducah, KY
My 9 yr. old son decided he didn't want to make his bed anymore, so, after he made it the 'last time'...he put his sleeping bag on top of it and slept in it so he would never mess it up again! I thought that was so funny - yet clever - for a 9 yr. old, that I allowed him to do it his way for as long as he felt like it. There was no harm done, and he eventually out grew it! LOL
I don't know, call me old fashioned, but what is wrong with teaching children to learn and do things the proper instead of easy way? :-( It's part of learning that things are going to be expected of them, without shortcuts, throughout their lifetime including work ethics. And, yes, something as simple as making a bed is part of the overall learning process.
LOL Patty Janes. My 9yr old daughter did the same thing. I also thought the same thing, "no harm done, doesn't matter as long as she is still getting her sleep and keeping warm". Must be an 8-9yr old thing.
Deeli, I agree with you 100%. Parents are way too concerned these days with making everything easy and painless for their children - Sadly, the rest of the world isn't going to be as kind when it comes time for these kids to deal with reality. I made my bed as a kid, and I probably hated it, but it didn't traumatize me or ruin my life. What is so bad about teaching a child to work for something? It isn't just about the bed, it is preparing them for life.
I was just thinking what a clever idea this would be for anyone with challenges, mental or physical.
I'm guilty of doing approximately what you described without the diaper pin. Since I have to cover my bed with a "doggie blanket" anyway to accommodate our furry babies, why bother?
I get Deeli's point, though. I'm glad I know the proper way to make a bed, even though I don't always do it.
I received a feather bed as a gift a few years ago and love it, but keeping the goose feathers evenly distributerd and plumped up is a real chore. Many people use their feather beds as comforters, but I sleep on top of mine, which is covered with a top sheet [the sleep on top or under is a big debate in my family]. How do others keep there feather bed fluffy without tearing the whole bed apart and shake it into place every day?
There is no better feeling than sleeping on clean tightly fitted sheets. We have a king size bed, just like most other sizes it's sometimes difficult to find fitted sheets that fit perfectly. I change our sheets every few days, and it's not just for the sake of having clean sheets. I sleep so much better on tightly fitted sheets, I hate having the fitted sheet stretched, wrinkled and bunched up. Even with the best fitted sheet after sleeping on them for a couple of nights they will begin to stretch and it is impossible to pull them tight enough to eliminate the wrinkles.
It's not just sleeping on the loose sheets but when you remake your bed in the morning (depending on your bedding) you can see the wrinkles through our thin duvet. If I were to layer my fitted sheets like you do I would be stretching out even more. Not to mention the sheet beneath it would already have that "been slept on feeling", after all they have been slept on. That is my other issue with layering. Some people have oily skin, night sweats or plain sweat at night due to weight issues.
All of the above issues (everyone has oily skin the amounts just vary), I have to believe that the sheet you are sleeping on is not water proof and any body oils or sweat that rubs off on them will go right through to the sheet on to the next. So you are never really sleeping on clean sheets. It takes only seconds to apply a fitted sheet. If you timed how long it took you to layer them all at once, then compared the time it takes to put just one one I think you will find you are not really saving yourself any extra time. Most importantly when you remove the top layer your "clean sheet" aren't really clean.
I agree with the comment from Anonymous. I believe we are doing our children a huge disservice by not teaching how to do these everyday little things that they will have to eventually grow up and have to do for themselves. It promotes responsibility and pride in their work when they see how nice they have made their room look. Of course that is if the proper instructions are given, the bedding isn't over complicated, and they are praised when they have done it.
I know if I put a pin/ needle through my bed sheet to pin it to the mattress it will eventually turn into a whole, ruining the sheet. Also,the thread count on pillow shams for childrens comforter sets are very low (the ones I have seen). My kids wouldn't sleep comfortably without a soft pillow case. However if you have toddlers and very busy I guess with the exception of poking a hole in the sheet with a pin it is a great idea until they are old enough to learn how to do it on their own.
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