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LLPLUV
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   Posted 9/2/2009 6:21 AM (GMT -7)   
 
Heres a question for all of you.    Do you make your bed?
 
Reason I'm asking is this.  Most of you know my job is pretty physical.  I move boxes that weight 6 ozs all the way to 80 pounds all day long.  Starting Tuesday I report to my promotion then I will not have to work so hard anylonger..  BUT....
 
Lastnight I went to make the bed.  I can't make the bed in the mornings before work for my pain meds have not set in yet.  Husband already at work and my oldest son loves to sleep in our bed when we are not home.
 
Anyways lastnight I went to make the bed and I cringed all the way through it.  DO I REALLY HAVE TO GIVE UP MAKING THE BED!!!!!??????
 
I understand we have to create a new normal in regards to CP but come on giving up making a stupid bed.  I'm afraid I will have to let that one go.  I hate getting into a nonmade bed!!!
 
Ok just had to vent over this. I know its a little thing but reality sucks!!!
 
Laurie
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edt
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   Posted 9/2/2009 6:43 AM (GMT -7)   

Laurie,

I am the same, I cannot leave the house without the bed being made and never can I get into an unmade bed, the sheets have to be straightened.  My family thinks I am sick lol.

The problem is making the bed is a task, it is one of the most difficult chores I do (not really) my husband is a tosser and turner so everyday is like making the bed from scratch.  I have found that if I sing and make up crazy songs....like why oh why am I so anal that I can't leave the house without the bed made, I'm a sick sick person etc etc. lol its all a joke but I do manage to get it made and laugh at my craziness. 

I have tried giving in and leaving the bed unmade and the few times I have done it....I would have flashes of the unmade bed (just kidding) but before I got in at night the bed was made ready.  I think its because when I was a kid it was the one chore that had to be done before we went to school....so I am going to blame it on genetics!

XXOO
Patti

 


LLPLUV
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   Posted 9/2/2009 6:45 AM (GMT -7)   
My hubby is also a tosser and turner. Yes its also making it from scratch. I have to take the blankets off and all the pillows just to get the bottom sheet in place.

I can't stand sleeping on wrinkled creased sheets!!!

So I'm with you on this one Patti!!!!
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Also CHF (Congestive Heart Failure) and Sleep Apnea

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BionicWoman
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   Posted 9/2/2009 6:46 AM (GMT -7)   
I'm a bed maker. Forget diamonds, "grabbers" are a girl's best friend when it comes to getting the sheets/blankets straight without leaning, stretching, and reaching! Also, i use the really long handled spatula that's meant for use on the BBQ to tuck in the sheets, just make sure to put a piece of duct tape over the end to "soften" the corners if they're not rounded, otherwise it can rip the sheets. wink

BionicWoman
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   Posted 9/2/2009 7:06 AM (GMT -7)   
Someday I'm going to have a bed like this, and it'll be a breeze to get everything just the way I like it.

www.thestoragebed.co.uk/Alto.html

Isn't that just brilliant?! idea

LLPLUV
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   Posted 9/2/2009 7:17 AM (GMT -7)   
WOW thats an awsome bed but does it make itself????? LOL
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Also CHF (Congestive Heart Failure) and Sleep Apnea

Hopefully NO MORE........


BionicWoman
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   Posted 9/2/2009 7:43 AM (GMT -7)   
I'm so anal retentive I wouldn't be able to let it make itself... it'd get the corners wrong.. nobody gets the corners right... shakehead redface

Jim1969
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   Posted 9/2/2009 7:53 AM (GMT -7)   
With my wife working 3rd shift, making the bed is not something I have to worry about. Seems there is always someone sleeping in it.
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jujub
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   Posted 9/2/2009 8:12 AM (GMT -7)   
I still straighten the sheets in the morning, but I only put the spread on if someone is coming. At times my hands don't work at all, and then I expect that my husband will do it. After all, he sleeps in the bed way more than I do. I'm lucky to get five hours a night, usually it's closer to four, and often it's in my recliner chair anyway.

I have a good mind but my body is junk. In my next incarnation, I think I'll come back as a buff dummy.
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PAlady
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   Posted 9/2/2009 12:21 PM (GMT -7)   
Ok, I'm still ROFL from Bionic's posts! smilewinkgrin All I will say is there are some benefits to living alone. wink

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   Posted 9/2/2009 1:40 PM (GMT -7)   
I'm obsessive about the sheets abd bklankes having to be in line with each other before I can sleep in the bed. For me, if the sheet is higher than the blanket then I end up with the sheet wrapped around my neck all night. For the bottom sheet, I only have two words.....sheet garters. They are my best friends since they keep the bottom sheet taut and I don't have to lay all over wrinkles and creases.
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rooby
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   Posted 9/2/2009 1:48 PM (GMT -7)   

 

Hi.  I have fibromyalgia and I thought I was the only one finding making the bed hard work.  I feel everyone thinks I am crazy when I have to take breaks when I am changing sheets and duvet covers.  I have to pace myself and "I hate Pacing" but thats what I have to do.

Rooby


PAlady
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   Posted 9/2/2009 2:05 PM (GMT -7)   
Oh, I can see that none of you ever want to come and sleep at my house! LOL

I find changing the sheets on the bed one of the worst activities. I have to go very, very, very slowly. Do it in small steps. Reminding myself along the way to slow down and no, it doesn't all have to be done at once! But it's hard to restrain myself from moving faster. I tend to forget. So, as a consequence some things don't get done as often as they should. 'Nuff said. ;-)

Rooby - Welcome to the Chronic Pain forum!

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Dagger
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   Posted 9/2/2009 4:14 PM (GMT -7)   
I can't remember the last time I made a bed. My husband and I each have our own blanket and comforter. We just leave them on the bed in clumps and climb under them at night.

My husband is an "active sleeper" and would pull the covers off me and they'd usually end up on the floor while I shivered all night. Now, I have my blankets and they stay where I put them.

We hardly ever made our beds when I was a kid so that's probably why I don't care about it now. Come to think of it, I'd bet my teenager has never made a bed in his life.

Draka
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   Posted 9/2/2009 6:56 PM (GMT -7)   
I "pretend" make the bed.... I just straighten the sheets and comforter.... basically I am in it too much during the day.... I do the big make the bed with all the pillows and throws only when company is coming.
Lisa


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   Posted 9/3/2009 4:25 PM (GMT -7)   
I don't worry about making the bed. Hubby sleeps in it more then I do so he changes the sheets once a week and makes it when he wants to. I sleep in my recliner which to my back is a lot more comfortable then the bed.

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Tirzah
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   Posted 9/5/2009 4:05 PM (GMT -7)   
Heck, I never made my bed once I moved out of my mom's house. I read an article once about that being healthier that people who make their beds every day (something about fewer dust mites). I quote that to myself whenever I feel bad about things. I used to make sure my bed was at least made when I had guests coming over, but sometimes it just doesn't happen. There have even been a few times when after washing the sheets, I didn't even have the strength to put them back on for a few days. I survived.

But my view on all those things is: ask yourself how important it really is, if it's something important decide what else can be dropped to make time/energy to complete the task, and if you still can't do it, ask for help. I've had to let a lot of things go (like fixing dinner from scratch every night), but when I really think it through, my life is not much changed without it. Yes, I enjoyed cooking & the food was better quality, but in the long run it makes little difference. In order to be able to do that, I would have to either cut back hours at work, stop bathing, or stop ironing my clothes for work. Since I've marked all those items higher priority, the cooking had to go. I threw one last dinner party as my "good-bye cooking" event, and now I very rarely cook anything (unless you could packaged spaghetti and frozen dinners). It was a bit sad, but I know it was the right choice to make. And in the end, when I face "Judgment Day" I know that how many meals I cooked will not matter one way or the other.

Now, I'm not at all judging whether or not you should be making your bed. Maybe to you that is a high priority item. Just know that everyone has to make choices -- not just CPer's, but everyone. The choices we make show others who we are. The fewer things we are able to select, the more it says about us, so I think whatever you choose, it will be a brave choice & the right choice for you.

blessings,
Frances

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   Posted 9/6/2009 2:42 AM (GMT -7)   
Heck, I figger it like this, if the cats like to sleep on the bed 3/4 of the time
then hey they can make it.....hehehe never fails, everytime a try to toss a sheet on
a cat jumps on the bed and let me tell ya, washing day is hard enough...
me and my kitties....hehehehe........
hugz

I made the bed up once last year, it looked good for all of 1.9 seconds(that's faster than a corvette) before
my lil boys came flying across it and under the sheets, ....
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Post Edited (Chartreux) : 9/6/2009 8:28:03 AM (GMT-6)


LLPLUV
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   Posted 9/6/2009 1:02 PM (GMT -7)   

Frances you are so right!  Yes you nailed it.  Thats what the post was about saying goodbye to a task you take for granted.  I'm just having an issue with letting it go.  I love the feel of getting into a crisp bed at night with my hubby.  He would make it for me but I usually get into bed before him so I would have to wait to climb in.

I have let go of alot of my cooking which was like having a funeral.  My family has been raised on homemade meals.  So my husband jumped up to the plate WILLINGLY to learn to cook and seems to enjoy it.  I have given up doing the laundry and my daughter keeps up on that for me.

Making the bed seems to be such a little thing until now.  So thank you frances for seeing through what I was saying.. smilewinkgrin

Chutz  you are so funny those kittys of yours have to be a blast!!!!!

 

Laurie


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Chronic Kidney Stones, PKD (Polycystic Kidney Disease), Chronic Kidney Failure, Severe Hypertension, Urological RSD

Also CHF (Congestive Heart Failure) and Sleep Apnea

Hopefully NO MORE........


couchtater
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   Posted 9/6/2009 1:26 PM (GMT -7)   
I have a simple throw on my bed. When I go to sleep I roll it back to the foot of the bed and sleep under a soft sheet. In the morning I pull the throw, up from the foot, and lay it on top. The bed looks made up but I know underneath the sheet is rumpled. I don't mind it at all.

My problem is benting over and picking up things from the floor. I have OA in my back. Sometimes things have to lay there until my "good day" and then I pick it up with alot of grunting. It's murder to clean the kitty potties somedays (not the smell, the pain). That's why I bought and automatic potty that sweeps it everytime they go. Every three days I empty it. I dread those days in more ways than one. (phew!)

Joy

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   Posted 9/6/2009 2:53 PM (GMT -7)   
Chartrex,
Love the story about the kitties! They sure have a great and very lenient Mom!!!

PaLady :-)

LLPLUV
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   Posted 9/7/2009 9:09 AM (GMT -7)   
Couchtater..lol  I would NEVER clean the litter box even if it didn't hurt!!!  My daughter cleans it cuz she really really wanted our new kat even though Prudy Babi seems to think I'm her mom.. yeah
 
Cleaning litter boxes is the most down right nasty job/chore  skull
 
Laurie
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39 yr young female with,
Chronic Kidney Stones, PKD (Polycystic Kidney Disease), Chronic Kidney Failure, Severe Hypertension, Urological RSD

Also CHF (Congestive Heart Failure) and Sleep Apnea

Hopefully NO MORE........


couchtater
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   Posted 9/7/2009 6:37 PM (GMT -7)   
I originally had only one cat and my niece moved in with her two. Guess who takes care of them all? I feed them, water them, and clean up after them. My niece freaks if she has to clean up a hairball or stray poop. She leave for college next year and they get to stay with me. :(


Joy

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   Posted 9/8/2009 12:05 PM (GMT -7)   
well since we got on the subject of cats...

Dogs have masters, Cats have staff...

Dogs follow orders, cats take messages and get back to you...

"The cat's a saint when there are no mice about"

" A black cat walking towards you brings good fortune but if it walks away, the luck is removed"

Good luck to you Joy sounds like you have three lil hairballs..I also have three..One a lil black cat named Chancellor, Remington is a Snowshoe and Dimitri is our Russian Blue...

heck y'all just get a cat and the bed will get made in the cats time, hehehe...........

soft hugz to all
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PAlady
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   Posted 9/8/2009 12:21 PM (GMT -7)   
Char,
LOL!

I'd just make one correction. The cat's secretary take's the message. And then gets back to you if the cat orders it!

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