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Airing and making beds.

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starrychime Sun 14-Aug-11 08:43:46

Please tell me about your bed making routine.
If you have to go to work and DC goes to school do you:
a. Fold back the quilt/covers and leave them like that all day then make them when you get home?
b. Fold covers back and then that's it till bedtime again?
c. Leave them as they are got out of in the morning and just climb in to the unmade ones at night?
d. Air for an hour or so before leaving for work/shool then quickly make them just before going out the door?

I'm probably overthinking this but at the moment I do (b) occasionally but mostly (c). blush Once back in from work/after-school there's only about 3 hours before DD goes to bed so usually don't make them unless we have folk coming up.
Is this shockingly slovenly?

babycham42 Sun 14-Aug-11 08:48:31

Option d.Hate getting in an unmade bed.Also hate leaving bedroom doors shut so if I make the beds before going to work I can leave the doors open and the cat only gets on top of the duvet covers,not on the sheets or pillows (which I do not like!)

b. leave them turned back all day, I like them thoroughly aired then what's the point of making them just for the evening. They look tidy turned back and I don't have things like cushions and throws on the bed.

traceybeaker Sun 14-Aug-11 08:49:48

I make mine after breakfast, they are aired for about an hour.

mrskbpw Sun 14-Aug-11 08:53:12

Oh man. Are we supposed to air our beds?! I make ours as soon as we get up. I have way too much to do before leaving for work to remember to run upstairs and make the beds. And we only get home 15 mins before kids' bedtime so no point in making them then. Who knew we were supposed to air them and why did no one tell me?

traceybeaker Sun 14-Aug-11 09:00:07

mrs..............i am amazed you don't air correctly.

I only aired mine for 50 mins yesterday and was worried all day. shock

My bedrooms are downstairs so easy to make while son goes toilet 10 times before we leave. grin

mousymouse Sun 14-Aug-11 09:06:04

option b. + open windows for at least 10 min.
the bedding needs washing less often if aired well.
I make the beds when I come in from work as I hate getting into an unmade bed.

carpwidow Sun 14-Aug-11 12:00:16

Straw mats all round - then if it's a windy day you can roll them up and take them everywhere with you, unrolling them for an airing at every possible opportunity wink

leeloo1 Mon 15-Aug-11 19:54:59

Option b. I once read somewhere that dustmites thrive in warm (people just got out of them- style) unaired beds. Since then I fold the duvet back and leave it there for the day.

Pedicuri Mon 15-Aug-11 22:04:56

Well I never. Have never really thought about it like this - luckily we seem to be doing the right thing by default. We get out of bed, have breakfast, get dressed and make them before we go out. Hate unmade beds!

maggiethecat Tue 16-Aug-11 22:36:47

seems my children air by default - kick off the duvet to get out of bed and it stays there until bedtime when I tuck them in again

AngelDog Tue 16-Aug-11 23:54:40

I'm (b), although I'm a SAHM. There are so many other things to do in life than make beds (MN for a start wink).

bibbitybobbityhat Wed 17-Aug-11 00:59:01

Never make beds unless we have visitors or are trying to sell the house.

startail Wed 17-Aug-11 01:21:01

Beds made, if flat surface needed to sort washing, paper work, sewing etc on.
Flatter surface required, eg. Wrapping presents. Quilt chucked on floor blush.
DD2 makes her bed. DD1s is so high no one cares.

ShoutyBag Wed 17-Aug-11 05:29:59

b of late, due to sweaty dp insisting on still having the winter duvet on. C mainly though. Tbh I didn't realise people aired beds either. My mum never did. Mind you in those days we were using blankets prior to the invention of 'continental quilts'!

Bunbaker Fri 19-Aug-11 00:01:13

"I make ours as soon as we get up."

Eurgh! You all sweat at night, even if you think you don't. All that sweat goes into the mattress, and house dust mites thrive in warm humid atmospheres.

I do option b because DD suffers from eczema and occasional asthma, and I just like to air our bed because I don't want the mattress to smell all stale and sweaty.

Can I add an (e)? My mother has, since living in France, taken to the French way of airing beds by leaving her bedding hanging out the windows for all and sundry to see in order to air them. There are no windows at the back of her house. Thought she was a bit of a loon until last time I stayed there, and airing the bedclothes out of the windows feels like having crispy new sheets on your bed! EVERY DAY! So I try to do it most days, I work evenings so it's handy to do it in the mornings. I only do it out of the back windows though. I fnd myself getting pissed off when it's raining and can't air the bedclothes properly.

bessie26 Fri 19-Aug-11 15:59:09

B. Windows wide open too if I'm at home & it's not freezing.

Bunbaker Fri 19-Aug-11 20:07:37

Oh yes, I open windows as well. My MIL makes her bed almost as soon as she gets up and never opens the window. Her bedroom alway has a stale musty smell.

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