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Battle of the bed [Mar. 6th, 2012|09:29 am]

The bed is made again this morning. That's two mornings in a row with Ferrett here, 12 days total.

I have gone back into the bedroom after he gets up and made the bed. We appear to have reached a good blanket detente: his extra quilt being sandwiched between the sheet and the top quilt is working, and makes pulling the bed together much easier than any other solution I've previously attempted.

So my bed battle is not with Ferrett. No, it is with fashion.

You see, you cannot buy a bedding set these days without the inclusion of decorative throw pillows. Decorative throw pillows are my undoing. It doesn't seem like picking up a few pillows and tossing them onto the bed would be that difficult, but it is the place where my brain rebels. They are the appendix of bedding: useless, except as a source for trouble.

Because the throw pillows end up in the corner on my side of the bed. And soft pillows on the floor are seed for a pile. The next thing I know, I'm taking off my clothes in the evening and thinking, "these pants can just lie here on the pillows instead of being hung up; I'm planning to put them on tomorrow morning" instead of hanging them in the closet. Then my workout clothes join that pile instead of being folded up and put on their little shelf until the next day, then I can't find those shorts I was going to re-wear, so I get out another pair, and then when I get undressed at night it's easier to think that I will put my underthings down the laundry chute tomorrow.

The next thing I know, I'm wading through clothing shin-deep to get to the bed.

Of course the answer of "just don't do that" is simple, but completely impossible. I've spent YEARS doing this. Every time I clean it all up, I swear it won't happen again. But it happens every time.

Clearly, tossing the pillows into the corner is unacceptable. And I know I won't put them on the bed. I am rather allergic to useless items, so that is a further mental block. If a thing has no purpose other than decoration, it better not require my attention for more than an occasional dusting. I don't do fuss.

So I've made the decision to simply throw. them. out. Of course it goes against every grain to toss out something that is "perfectly good." But they are only perfectly good for being an Achilles' Heel for me. So they are getting stuffed in a trash bag and tossed. No, I won't keep them for a garage sale or donate them: as Don Aslett says, you do no good in the world by passing on your trash to someone else. And I will make my bed in just a few minutes each morning and not worry about the frou frou that fashion has attempted to thrust upon me.


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From: anonymousalex
2012-03-06 02:36 pm (UTC)
Freecycle(*). Knowing that things are going to a good home where they're wanted and will be used has helped immeasurably in my efforts to remove "perfectly good" stuff that I don't use from my house. Plus, that person usually just comes to pick 'em up; less effort than putting in the trash for me.

As for bed appendices, I'm with you on that. Hate 'em.


(*) Actually, technically, I think my local group only used to be connected with the national "Freecycle" organization, but neither of us is interested in hearing about historical email-list power-plays.
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[User Picture]From: aiela
2012-03-06 02:40 pm (UTC)
The problem with freecycle, of course, is that you then have to take the time to arrange pick ups for people who may or may not show up, etc. Sometimes, the easiest solution is the best - just get rid of them.
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[User Picture]From: naath
2012-03-06 02:41 pm (UTC)
Oh, but they aren't trash to everyone. I love cushions! Not on my *bed* mind, but on my sofa and chairs, because I'm so short I my feet don't reach the floor if my back is on the sofa-back. I'm not sure what use they are meant to be on a bed though. (in the UK they are commonly displayed with bedding, but not very often actually for sale... perhaps shops here have a more realistic idea of people's desire to actually own the things).

I fully get behind your desire to have these items out of your house but you can do good by passing on what is trash to you to someone for whom it is a useful object (even with actual trash sometimes - I know people with uses for broken crockery for instance).
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[User Picture]From: zoethe
2012-03-06 05:53 pm (UTC)
They are made of a slick nylon material and have a bad "handfeel." I will put them on the curb for anyone who wants to take them, but I doubt it.
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[User Picture]From: mermaidnchains
2012-03-06 04:42 pm (UTC)
Toss them on the guest bed downstairs. Just a thought.
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[User Picture]From: zoethe
2012-03-06 06:03 pm (UTC)
It already has too many. I want them out of the house. Less stuff! Less Stuff!
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[User Picture]From: roaming
2012-03-06 08:26 pm (UTC)
I donate all my stuff. Someone has a use for it. Veteran's shelters will often actually have trucks that will pick up if you can't get to a Goodwill, etc.

haven't read the other comments but am sure I'm not the first to suggest this. :-)
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[User Picture]From: zoethe
2012-03-06 08:30 pm (UTC)
No, it's pretty much been the only reaction. ;-)
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[User Picture]From: fallconsmate
2012-03-06 09:32 pm (UTC)
i have ONE "decorative" pillow with any real use. the bed is too tall for a little dog to jump on, so she jumps on the footlocker at the end of the bed, up on the decorative roll pillow i keep there for JUST that purpose, and onto the bed, where she looks triumphant.

otherwise, those things are like pillow shams. useless and irritating, and i'm with you, get them OUT of my house.
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[User Picture]From: zoethe
2012-03-06 09:40 pm (UTC)
Worst are the "European shams" which fit large, square pillows with NO purpose whatever. Junk!
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[User Picture]From: merle_
2012-03-06 09:49 pm (UTC)
Throw pillows are nasty. They are not comfortable. In most cases they are barely attractive and rarely add beauty to whatever they are put on. Yet they breed like rabbits, or show up as gifts, or.. I have no idea where they come from. I loathe them but have at least eight.

Don't donate them. Best case, organize a "throw pillow fight" in your 'hood and help others destroy the junk that is polluting their homes.

Although the idea of a nice large bonfire is tempting as well. Hmm.
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[User Picture]From: zoethe
2012-03-06 10:00 pm (UTC)
Thank you. I agree completely.
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[User Picture]From: delosd
2012-03-07 12:30 am (UTC)
Yes, YES! Get rid of them!! (Don't really care how, donating is nice, but if you're too busy don't be afraid to deep-six them.)

And believe me - I KNOW the agony of getting rid of somethings that's "perfectly good". That's why I've still got that (operational) 2000 Dell laptop. :)

Hmm... I thought dust ruffles were the "the appendix of bedding: useless"...
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[User Picture]From: zoethe
2012-03-07 12:41 am (UTC)
Dust ruffles are awesome. They hide the chains.
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[User Picture]From: autographedcat
2012-03-07 04:05 am (UTC)
I read the entire thing with a voice in the back of my head saying "So get rid of them." Glad to see you came to the same conclusion.

If you don't want to throw away "perfectly good" pillows, donate them to Goodwill. Someone else might get use of them.
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[User Picture]From: zoethe
2012-03-07 12:05 pm (UTC)
They are going on the curb in a clear, protective bag so that some other fool may grab then if s/he sees fit.
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[User Picture]From: lunarennui
2012-03-07 04:48 am (UTC)
oddly, i make the bed at the END of the day--as in, when justin goes to bed. that's because my sleeping schedule is so whacked that i'm either already in the bed when he wants to get in and he gets a pre-warmed side (i'm a right-sider if you look from the foot, but the WINDOW is on the left side, and i'm the one that refuses to have heat in the room and has to have the cold air, but really i'm an ALL-BEDDER with a strong side of DON'T TOUCH ME, so he's just screwed) or i'm putting him to bed, so i wake up to a kiss goodbye and take over the YAY ALL MINE bed. then i stagger out of it out of guilt at whenever, mostly because i'm upset since i can't decide what to make for dinner. and putting him to bed means making it, from scratch, every night. i like a made bed. i really do. i admire a made bed. when i make a bed, i'm proud of it. but i've found that all those decorative pillows cost more and just end up on the floor, and i too have a floordrobe that i attempt to eradicate now and then, only then i'm just too tired to hang up/put away whatever, and...

*cheers you on from whatever cruddy position i have on this, really*
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[User Picture]From: zoethe
2012-03-07 12:07 pm (UTC)
The made bed helps to keep the floordrobe (I love that term!) under control.
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From: simulated_knave
2012-03-07 05:06 am (UTC)
Build a pillow fort in the basement?
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[User Picture]From: zoethe
2012-03-07 12:07 pm (UTC)
NO! ;-)
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[User Picture]From: mariadkins
2012-03-07 07:38 pm (UTC)
i know you live in your own home. but i live in an apartment. when stuff comes to that point, i take it down to our laundry room and leave it with a note: free to a good home! i've gotten rid of so much stuff that way!
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[User Picture]From: zoethe
2012-03-08 01:59 am (UTC)
We have a tradition of leaving things on the curb for people to take the day before trash day. Which is what I did, and by gum if they weren't gone within half an hour.
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