Category Archives: Linens

First Panic, This Time

Had the first sign of a panic attack last night. I had asked DH if he liked the way the house looked earlier, that may have triggered me. I woke up, mid sleep, palms sweating, leg cramped from pushing with it, and near tears. Figured out what was going on and rolled over, calmed myself down and went back to sleep. Only to wake up again, later and again rolled over and went back to sleep.

On the other hand? Things are getting done. The laundry room, bath room, kitchen and dining room are picked up. The living room has been worked on, so has the bed room. Just too much stuff to get it done.

This morning, for example, I unpacked a box in our bedroom. There’s a bunch of books in there, which are mine or need to be gone through. There was a stack of magazines, I’ve pulled all the pages I want out of all but 2 of those. And the magazines (minus pages) are in the paper recycling bin.

I grabbed the overlarge rattan satchel I’d bought a few months back, without a specific idea where I’d put it or how I’d use it? I knew I loved it, wanted to use it for kitchen linen, but it’s too big for that. It’s now the designated spot for “out of season bedding” one side of the tag in blue says cool weather and the other side says hot weather in red. (We still have flannel on the bed and probably will for another month or so.) The satchel isn’t big enough to also store excess blankets in the summer, but I do have another basket for that. It’s not covered AND it’s not big enough to take the extra sheets, duvet, and pillow.

I’ve decided that I love our duvet covers (one is black & white linen the other is greens and cotton) and will use them instead of a bed spread. (I now have one bedspread to add to the flea market stock.)

I also decided that since we’re down to one sets of bed linen for each season: winter and summer — (bottom sheet, top sheet, and duvet) and no more, I will try and do what I’ve heard others do: wash their sheets and put them immediately back on the bed. This will cut down the amount of things needing to be bought, maintained, and stored, saving money and storage space. All good — all I have to do is make sure to start the sheets in the morning….

I am slowly, but surely, finding a work pattern here. It isn’t fast, but it has been working. There’s only one piece which has really amused me. I decided I should clean the toilet after the first time I used it, daily. (We have a lot of iron in our water, so it needs daily scrubbing.) Wouldn’t happen,didn’t happen, no matter how often I told myself I had to do it! But the second time I use it? Well, then I can do it.  I’m greatly amused at my human foibles, but it is what it is. It’s getting scrubbed every day, and that’s all that matters, but I have to have my coffee first! 🙂

 

And so it goes, and goes and goes!

 

Today’s job and tomorrow’s is to organize the flea market stuff and get it into my car so I can take it to the storage or just store it here, in one place, and neatly, which would work better. It needs to be in one place and having it at home means I can clean, sort and price things as I have time, instead of trying to do it all at once, either at the market or in the storage.

I feel like it’s one of those marble or ball bearing games. Today this falls through the hole and gets caught. Tomorrow it will also get caught with some other piece. I am letting this process develop, organically, as it were, at its own pace. And it’s getting done; again, that’s all that matters!

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Annoyed!

It seems this has become my place to “rant” about the minor irritations. This time it’s about thecompanystore.com .

I like this duvet or quilt, quite a lot. Enough that I’d consider buying it, although I have absolutely no need for it.

2018-rbook-fashion-bedding-min

Except that particular pattern doesn’t seem to be available.

How do people doing marketing and web stores think this does anything other than    PISS OFF THE CUSTOMER???

Yes, it’s pretty. Yes, you have a lot of other items.  None of which I want. I might not spend any $ for this, either. But now of course I won’t, and you’ve wasted my time. I went through all the bedding, quilts, comforters, and duvets looking for this. Why would I look at anything I saw which was interesting from you again???

Come on people, THINK!!!

An Observation

One of the main categories of “stuff” here are long-term held things which have nowhere to be stowed when not in use!

To that end, I’ve been compiling lists of things which need “homes”: out of season bedding, garden equipment, etc.

One bugaboo is down comforters. It gets COLD here during a North East winter, and we have more than one. But during the warm months, they have nowhere to be put away. My last idea was to put them atop the wardrobe, which works fine, but looks terrible and doesn’t keep them clean. Putting them in plastic bags doesn’t work, because it’s impossible to keep them flat and tidy. Also, according to one source I found (a down comforter manufacturer) they should be stored in something breathable, not plastic anyway. Hmmmm.

So, an idea: why not make little “boxes” of fabric for them? If need be, the boxes could be enforced with buckram “boards” But if not, it would be a pretty easy thing to sew up and it would both 1) make them tidy and 2)keep them out of the dust, etc.

So this morning I designed a box for my down comforters to be stored in. I have old sheets I intend to make these with, probably at least enough for 2. I made a sketch of what I had in mind on a graphics program, printed it out, then cut it out and put in creases where I’d have seams. The first version was obviously wrong, I’d forgotten a side. Then I did a little tweaking and came up with what’s below.

This is a “sketch” and NOT cleaned up, so it isn’t perfect. The idea is to give me enough info that when I go to mark, cut, sew my fabric I’ll remember what I learned from my little paper boxes. But  this is NOT a pattern!

Do you do things like this? I’ll post updates as I make a pattern, mark, cut, sew and try and use these. We’ll see if my crazy idea works!

comforter bag, sketch