But I do like my bed to be perfectly dressed and welcoming, when my day is done and it is time to turn in. If I had my druthers, I would have clean sheets on my bed every single night!!!
Here are some of the things on my lists of "musts" for my bed to be just the way I want it.
- Buy the best sheets you can afford. For me, this would be at least 250 thread count, made of Egyptian cotton sateen, and made in Italy. I have found just such sets at chain discount stores for a very afforable price. Note: do not be fooled by claims of high thread count. Unless you are willing to pay several hundred dollars for a set, the thread count on lesser sets are usually "split" rendering the set a lesser quality. You can read about that here.
- My sheets must be ironed. Yes, you read that right!! I iron my sheets. It has nothing to do with appearance, even though I do love how they look when I first climb into bed when the bed has been freshly made. (After one sleeping, that look is all gone!!) It is all about how they feel. Ironing smooths away any roughness and brings out the silkiness of the Egyptian cotton. If I am feeling extravagant, I will send them to the cleaners and have them pressed. I even spritz a bit of starch, especially on the pillowcases. The starch helps them stay looking a bit fresher for a little longer. Also, having a light layer of starch can help prevent any stains from totally penetrating into the fibers. Notice I said "help", it won't totally prevent that from happening.
- Never use chlorine bleach on your fine sheets. This will weaken the fabric and aid in them wearing out too soon. If your sheets are looking a bit dingy, use a product like Snowey Bleach or Biz. You can also treat them with lemon juice or hydrogen peroxide and lay them out in the sunshine. If you have a problem with outdoor allergies, bring them in and wash in the washing machine after treating.
- Never wash or dry your sheets with anything else, even like-colored items such as towels or socks. They will attract little pieces of lint and fuzz from both of these.
- Another bit of indulgence is a spritz of Lavender Linen spray. Spray your sheets and pillowcases when you make the bed or when you turn the bedding down for the night and let it dry while you are finishing your nightly routine. Only takes a minute and gives you the sweetest sleep!!
- I always use one or two fitted sheets (usually my lesser quality sheets) over my mattress pad before I make the bed with the good ones. I don't know why, I just do!!!
- I also use a Down Blanket on my bed year around. It is like a down comforter except that it is bound on all sides with satin binding. I found mine at TJMaxx for about $40 for a queen size.