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   Posted 2/7/2010 12:49 AM (GMT -6)   
Sundays are our day to share ideas and ways to do different chores around the home and make them easier for each of us. One thing I find exceptionally hard is making the bed! So you say, just don't MAKE the I can go just so long and it makes me crazy, I tried it. If the bed hasn't been made by bedtime I make hubby wait until I tidy it up, then he can climb into bed. I know...don't even say it. But the worst is changing the sheets on washing day.

Right now there are a clean set of sheets in the dryer and they have to make it to the bed before I/we can climb in. Sometimes I don't like to wait and will just do it on my own...not smart. But otherwise I have a helper...hubby! For those who live alone maybe you can ask a neighbor kid to help you get those sheets stretched back on. A good amount of pay would be 1/2 a dozen cookies. No need for cash, IMHO, kids need to learn about lending a helping hand.

What are your suggestions on making the bed or even tidying up the bedroom?

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   Posted 2/7/2010 8:09 AM (GMT -6)   
I take the sheets off, wash them and put them back on the bed right from the dryer. It's a pain in the posterior and sometimes painful to fold king-size fitted sheets, so I just don't.

And a helper is mandatory. Even when I was completely able bodied, it was much easier to do a good job with two of us.

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   Posted 2/7/2010 9:07 AM (GMT -6)   
Yep, DH and I make it together, so much easier than walking around it a dozen times, plus with my hands I can't pull and tuck like he does. I don't fold sheets anymore, too much work.
I got a waterproof mattress pad the other day, after he fell asleep with the Pepsi in his hand, and the darn thing isn't staying on like the old one did and you know we can't have wrinkles in our beds so I think it will be going back to the store.
I know I drive him crazy over not having any wrinkles in the sheet but that is the way it has to be for me to sleep.
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   Posted 2/7/2010 9:09 AM (GMT -6)   
When it comes to the sheets, try to have a partner to help you. If you don't have one to help, take it slowly. If your bed is against the wall-if you can-move the bed far enough away from the wall that you can fit between the bed and the wall with enough room to move. Sometimes, by the time we get the sheets done, we are really tired. Here's a little tip that will help you get the comfortor on. Spread it out on the bed. It doesn't have to be neat.  Then pull down the top part halfway and lay that part on top of the rest of the comfortor. Then straighten it up and if you are against the wall, tuck it down there. With the blanket halfway down the bed, it is a lot easier. Then just pile your pillows neatly on the bed. That's the best ideas I have for the bed.
When it comes to cleaning any room in the house, the key is to take a break. For example: get a load of dishes done then take a fifteen minute break. Then do something a little easier. Then take a five minute break. Swap between easy tasks and more difficult ones. If you have a lot to do, don't stress to get it done all in one day. If it takes two, then it takes two.
This is all I've got. Hope it helps.
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   Posted 2/7/2010 10:40 AM (GMT -6)   
Funny you should ask that question today! Sunday is my sheet changing day. Usually, my DH and I change them together, he can get those nasty corners better than I can. Today, I'm on my own. He would help me, but I won't let him. He isn't allowed to push, pull, lift or basically do anything.
I can not stand an unmade bed, that is one sin below murder, lol. I have to remove all wrinkles in the bottom sheet, carefully pull the top sheet and blanket under the pillows. The lighter quilt comes up over the pillows and the heavy quilt is double folded down the bottom. No OCD here, nope, never.  wink
I buy larger sheets than my bed size to make it easier (ha ha) to put the sheets on, plus they have the deep pockets - it does help me, especially on a day like today - all by myself!!
I use my softener when I wash the sheets, but on the day they are used I also put them in the dryer w/ a dryer sheet to give it a little more fluff. I only use flannel sheets, can't stand the stiffness of regular sheets. When I do the laundry, I have a hard time folding the sheets by myself, usually I grab a hold of one of my children to help me fold and they put it in the closet. Trying to hold my arms up to fold by myself or put on the shelf is way more than I can handle.
I put the sheets in the washer, the new ones in the dryer - now I have to go put them on the bed before I lose ALL enthusiasm for the job. devil
Have a good day!!
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   Posted 2/7/2010 11:03 AM (GMT -6)   
My helpful suggestion is NEVER let your cats help you make your bed! smilewinkgrin
If you have cats close the bedroom door first and lock it. Yes my cats can open doors,
they jump up and push down on the lever handle with their front paws. They are
over eager to help!
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   Posted 2/7/2010 11:25 AM (GMT -6)   
Cats are smarter than some people give them credit for. LOL. I have two cats. They usually move when I make the bed, but sometimes my kitten, Feisty, will just lie there as I put blankets over her. LOL. I am happy to have cats. They just make me so happy. Feisty likes to lie on my chest when I am lying down.
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   Posted 2/7/2010 11:35 AM (GMT -6)   
My life is also made much easier by long-handled dusters. After three shoulder surgeries, I don't reach up or out too well, so really appreciate the extension.

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   Posted 2/7/2010 11:40 AM (GMT -6)   
I have the deep pocket sheets...good quality ones, they seem to be a bit bigger and fit better. Sometimes my hubby helps me but I'm a bit obsessed about how a bed should be made so he doesn't like helping often. So I just take my time and it's not so bad.
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   Posted 2/7/2010 12:05 PM (GMT -6)   
One of my most un-favorite jobs!  However, I love the feel of fresh, clean sheets.  I use flannel in the fall, winter, and spring and change to regular sheets for summer.  I found some sheets that are somewhat easier to put on but still need DH help.  They are Sealy sheets and I bought them at Penneys altho you can find them online.  The thing I like about them is the bottom sheet has stretchy material panels at the top and bottom with elastic on the sides.  they have deep pockets and the top sheet is oversized so my backside isn't hanging out in the breeze when DH does his "whirling dervish" act all night rolling over and taking covers!
I use to be obsessive about making the bed every morning but now that we are retired hubby is often still in bed when I get up and I don't have the energy to go back and do it later, so most of the time it is unmade or the covers merely straighten up.

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   Posted 2/7/2010 8:58 PM (GMT -6)   
My dh and I both get up when the clock goes off and I make up my side and he makes up his side.  It doesn't take but a few seconds and it's an automatic thing for us to do before I even go to the bathroom of the morning. 
I don't know what I would do without him because when I change the sheets he's right there to do his side of the bed. 
It makes me feel better when I come home from work.  That's the first room I go to so I can come out of my clothes.
Hope everyone has a good week.
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   Posted 2/7/2010 10:50 PM (GMT -6)   
I wash the sheets then put them right back on the bed. Having a very deep pocketed fitted sheet really helps. Then we have one blanket & the comforter. It takes me less then 5 minutes to make a king size bed alone, the bed isn't against the wall which really helps. In our guest room the bed is about 12" from the wall & my precious 15 year old daughter squeezes against the wall & helps make that bed. I don't tuck in the blankets, but the comforter covers is all so it doesn't show, not tucking really saves time too & energy!

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   Posted 2/8/2010 9:13 AM (GMT -6)   
This isn't about "making" a bed per se, but about what you put on it. :)

I just bought some microfiber sheets from Wally World, and oh my goodness, they are so warm, soft, and comfortable. I used to hate to move in the winter because the bed was so cold, but these sheets are warm even without a heat source (heating pad, electric blanket, etc.). They are also extremely fluffy and soft. I highly recommend them for fibromites!

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