Tuesday, August 28, 2007

Some Useful Advice

I'm not trying to be funny or cute here, I'm just trying to give you some useful advice. Don't waste time or money on nice quilts for your kids. I did. It was a mistake. Kids can't make their beds. They should be able to, but they can't. You will want their beds to be made because it makes your house look just a little more like the Pottery Barn so you'll make the beds yourself and then resent your children for being incompetent. You can't go on like this. Go to Overstock.com. Find a twin-sized comforter for 40$ (sometimes 30!). Buy it. Just buy it. Over time you will get one for each of your children--if you're smart you'll have only two. Why the down alternative, you may ask: It is washable.

Don't use a top sheet. YOU'RE KIDDING YOURSELF IF YOU INSIST ON A TOP SHEET! Do use a bottom sheet. Get a cute comforter cover if you like but, honestly, we use ours bare most of the time. Bare and comfy. And easy to make. Congratulations. You've lowered your standards without really lowering your standards.


  1. Glad I found this blog today. Enjoyed the read and the photos.

    Here comes an invitation to visit my blog--this week if possible--as my "Spotlight the Youth" contest ends Friday, and lots of votes are needed to make it work. So please spread the word.

    Thanks so much.

  2. My boys have bypassed the whole "make your bed every day" problem by just sleeping on top of their darling pottery barn-type comforters every single night. I agree with your 'forget the top sheet' advice. These days I don't even have to worry about a bottom sheet. But the comforters are getting trashed. I'm off to overstock.com.

    And...who is anne bradshaw and how did she find you? I guess I'll get suckered in and click through to her blog and find out. she wins.

  3. I don't mean to brag, but this is really just for the good of moms everywhere, and I just really am a sucker for a good deal (read: cheap): Ross and TJMaxx have awesome deals on bedding. I got my daughter's comforter, bed skirt, and sham for $15.

    Sometimes my sons sleep on top of their beds so they don't have to make it. Or sleep on the floor. Does it make me a bad mom if I don't mind?

  4. Amen. I have a colored duvet for my kids. They just have to shake them out and the bed looks made.

    Great points all around...
    how is your Norah?

  5. My Norah is wonderful. (If by Norah you mean Ellen.) I hope you confused me with Emily. We run in the same circles.Her Norah seems wonderful too.

  6. I'm completely anti-top sheet. What's the point?

  7. I hate top sheets, haven't used them since I don't remember when. I really hate the feeling of the tucked-in top sheet by my feet.

    I do use a duvet cover, or is it duvet? I never remember. Anyway I have a comforter, and it has a cover. It's easy to wash and change, and they're cheap at Ikea so you can mix things up a little every now and then. And, it makes making the bed a snap. Though I have to disagree with not going with down--down is cool in the summer and warm in the winter. It's so nice.

  8. I can't think of a good comment.

  9. You just described my life.

  10. What I wish is that they sold kids sheet sets with 2 fitted sheets (for when the kids dump sand in the bed 1 hr before bedtime) and no top sheet. We just end up tucking the top sheet around the mattress as a faux fitted sheet.
    Amen to Lisa on TJ Maxx. We got really nice bright red fitted sheets (Tommy Hilfiger) for our kids beds for like 6 bucks.

  11. That Anne Bradshaw lady left me the EXACT same stupid comment! I think I'll remove her comment as I don't want any one to go to her blog on account of me!

    I once told someone my kids don't use tops sheets and you would've thought I said they don't wear underwear. Freaks.

  12. Such wisdom. No really. Why do I bust my hump on a top sheet?

  13. Total AMEN.
    My great-gram (one of those white-gloved quarter-bouncers) rolls in her grave (may she rest in peace otherwise) everytime I say it, but DOWN WITH TOP SHEETS!

    They are superfluous when you use a duvet with a cover.

    [And me have to have me feets out!]

    I did the fake-down IKEA thing for every bed in my house and it's so fun to switch them up with new cheap covers every so often (my King log bed has four "outfits" thanks to IKEA clearance--$29 for a king cover and 2 shams? Thanks!) Now the kids can "make" their beds by straightening out their duvets each morning by the time they're five years old.

    Also, you can use top sheets to make new duvet covers (or quilt backs) by sewing two together on three sides. Just sayin'.


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