Do you make your bed every day?

I saw a story in the newspaper the other day about how not making your bed can actually be healthier for you. It was related to dust mites and their need for moisture, and how leaving your bed unmade actually lets your bed air out, become less moist, and thus a less-friendly environment for the proliferation of dust mites. As I started to look into the story, however, I realized this idea has been going around for years, and that it seems every few years someone picks up on the concept, throws an article in a newspaper, especially when allergy season is bad, and everyone is like “Wow, I shouldn’t make my bed.” I was the same way, as somehow I’ve gotten in the habit of making our bed every morning (although I do admit my bed-making skills are not the greatest so now I’m trying to convince my wife we should be a Kickstarter investor in Smart Bedding, whose tagline is “Never Make Your Bed Again,” but for this she just looks at me like I’m lazy).  Okay, back to dust mites. I said to my wife, “I’m going to stop making the bed. We’ll have less dust mites.” She looked at me like, “Whatever,” and I pointed to the news article, realizing she wasn’t really buying it, and that I would somehow keep making the bed anyway as habits are what they are.

My problem now is that I actually started reading up on this, and finding this article from Hyla Cass in The Huffington Post, she tells me that I should keep making the bed, only now it becomes more complicated as I should “air-out” the bed before remaking it.

I guess, in the end, dust mites, dust schmites, I’ll probably keep making the bed, and probably won’t air it out as the article recommends. I will plight, however: Do you make your bed every day?

That’s it for this plight! I”m The Dude on the Right!! L8R!!!

And as a P.S. to bed-making, no, I still don’t know how to fold a fitted sheet.

Do You Know How to Fold a Fitted Sheet?

We bought some new bed sheets the other day. I found them on clearance, which was nice, so my wife did the first thing you should do and threw them in the wash. Being the good husband I try to be, I handled getting them in the dryer, and then, once dry, decided I would get them folded for her, and it is here that I remembered that in my many years of bed sheets, when it comes to that fitted sheet, I’m clueless.

Sure, folding of the pillow cases went smoothly, it wasn’t too bad folding the flat sheet even if it was King size, but then, there it was, the fitted, bottom sheet, with the elastic creating this kind of oval that for the life of me I could never figure out how to work, what with the elastic constantly ruining my quest for square corners. I did my best, kind of faked it a lot, and then posted a quick Tweet and Facebook post about how I’m never going to be able to fold a fitted sheet, and one of my smart-allek friends pointed me to a Martha Stewart link about folding a fitted sheet. I’ve seen this link before, even tried her supposed procedure, but low and behold the sheet always comes across like a misshapen mess.

The thing is that usually my wife and I fold the sheets together, and she will guide me through the folding of the fitted part, but today I was solo, and reminded of my way to fold a fitted sheet that instead of Martha’s seven steps, my way has three. Step One is to open the drawer where the bed sheets go. Step Two is to just shove the entire sheet in the drawer. Step three is to close the drawer. Sure, Martha’s way, if you can master it, leaves you with a lovely, folded sheet with nice creases, but my way will give you a piece of abstract art on the bed the first time you make your bed!  I know Martha Stewart can do it, I know my wife is pretty good at it, but I plight: Do you know how to fold a fitted sheet?

That’s it for this plight! I’m The Dude on the Right!! L8R!!!