As most of you know, I am in North Carolina and I am so grateful that we are finally heading into fall weather. Those 95 degree days were hurting this pregnant Mama. Thankfully, we are now in the 60s and 70s.
And with cooler weather comes cooler nights. So that means it is time to get all of your winter bedding ready!
So where do you begin? Here are some ideas to get you started:
- In some parts of the country, people have 2 complete sets of bedding: one for summer and one for winter. If you have a winter set, get it out and look it over. Is it still in good shape? Does any of it need to be replaced? Once it has passed your inspection, launder it so it smells nice and clean to put on your bed. After removing your summer bedding, wash all parts of it (sheets, mattress pad, and bedspread) so it will store well over the winter. Putting up dirty sheets and bedspreads only breed stains and germs – neither of which you want to deal with.
- Gather all of your cold-weather blankets and inspect them. Do they have holes? Do they need to be replaced? Do you have enough for the members of your family? Launder them and then re-inspect to make sure they will be adequate for the winter.
- Before re-dressing your bed for winter weather, strip it completely and wash all bedding. Remove the mattress pad, bedspread or comforter, sheets, pillowcases and pillow protectors. Now is a great time to flip your mattress. Wash all of your bedding in the hottest water it will tolerate. Between skin oils and dead skin cells, bedding needs to be washed frequently. The beginning of a new season is a great time to get in the habit of washing bedding in a routine manner.
- Once you are satisfied that all of your winter bedding will be adequate and it is freshly washed, make up your bed with your clean linens. And then crawl in it. There are few things that make me happier than clean sheets and blankets! Then re-work your laundry routine to ensure you can have clean bedding all winter long.
Getting my winter bedding ready works for me!
I am pleased to link this post to WFMW over at We are THAT Family.
Love it! We just splurged on a new “quilted” bedspread from good ‘ole Wal-Mart and I’m devoting today to washing all the bedding- what a timely post!!! I’ve been without a dryer for 8 months with three little ones (ages 4 1/2, 3, and almost 8 mths)! On Saturday night my mom sent us her unneeded washer and dryer via a family friend! (She’s moved to an apartment b/c she doesn’t want to maintain an actual house anymore, and the apartment complex provides washer and dryers.) I have been SO HAPPY to have a dryer back!!! I spent my weekend catching up on all my laundry! What a great feeling!!!
Ok, I’ll stop babbling- I just can’t stop saying “Thank You!” to God for providing for this need for us! It’s such a blessing!!!
Oh Momma B…8 months without a dryer is tough. Unless you intentionally want to use a clothesline, drying rack, etc. But with three little people, a dryer almost becomes a necessity!
I am so thrilled for you and your recent gift! What a wonderful mom you have! Some days it is hard to ‘enjoy’ washing clothes, but I bet it’s been a good laundry week at your house!
That is a wonderful blessing!! Sometimes they come when we least expect it! My parents would do, and have done the same for me and my family. My boys are 10, 8 and 7 so my laundry rule is 1 load a day for 365 days– no days off not even holidays and it seems to keep us up well.
It’ll be a great night to sleep on all your freshly laundered linens with your new bedspread!! Enjoy!
Thank you both! It’s been wonderful! I actually took pictures of my completely empty laundry hamper and towel basket this weekend!
Now that I’m finally caught up I think I’ll be doing the 1 load/day routine!