Thursday, March 18, 2010

Boys and bedding...what gives?!

274 - Big comfy bed!, originally uploaded by Single Malt.

Today, as I'm pulling sheets off of beds for laundry, I am reminded how my boys just don't seem to care much about bedding. They can sleep anywhere and in anything. In their minds, the easier the better. They'd sleep in sleeping bags on top of their beds if I let them (just like their dad did when he was small).

Years ago, I gave up on flat sheets. C is 6'3" and hates them. He doesn't like sheets or his feet tucked in. So, I opted for inexpensive duvets from Ikea. I bought several so that I could change and launder them as I would sheets. It doesn't make for luxurious looking beds, but it works.

M, my 13 yo, is currently using one of C's childhood comforters. It is so old and flat that it's basically just a sheet. This is not for lack of comforters in our house. I've purchased several along with matching duvets and pillows. He just can't be bothered. Since he doesn't seem to care, I've lost a bit of interest as well....except for days, like today, when I'm focusing on his bed.

E, my 8yo, is loving his bed right now. We bought him a pseudo bunk bed (one not quite as tall as normal bunk beds). On top, he has a tent like structure that encloses the bed. On the bottom, I added a wall of fabric and blue rope lighting to make it a cozy reading nook for him. He can tie the fabric up or leave it down. He's made it into his "fort."My biggest issue with him is getting him to wear pajamas. He'd prefer wearing his day clothes every night (and into the next day, if possible). I encourage him to wear big old t-shirts but even that is a struggle. I give up. There are bigger wars to be waged.

Even Sophie, our new 6 mos old Weimaraner, has thrown her paw into the bedding chaos. She insists on being with us at night and would prefer to be in our bed. Since she's a big dog, that is out of the question. So, she is sleeping in a large bed on the floor next to my side of the bed. She's not happy. As a matter of fact, the first night we insisted she sleep on the floor, she turned her back and refused to look at us. Her beds are big and require routine laundering as well.

Please tell me that I'm not alone. Do you have issues with your beds, linens, boys?!

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