Thursday, October 8, 2015

Be Reasonable: Do It My Way

I’m not as sensitive to discomfort as the girl in The Princess and the Pea. Or am I? 
If I put a double-size blanket on a single bed, the extra weight from the sides of the blanket hanging over the mattress will annoy me all night. 
If I sleep under a duvet that is too large for the bed I’m in, the top always seems to be flopping into my face irritatingly. 
And if I climb into an unmade bed, the sheets and blankets will be bunched up and wrapped around me throughout the night hours so I don’t sleep well. After realizing this, I will always make an unmade bed before trying to sleep in it. Even if Scott's asleep in it, if he has the covers all messed up I will disturb him in order to straighten out the sheet and blankets before I get in. 
There might be some royal blood in me after all.

Overstuffed drawers are inconvenient and confusing. Keeping clothing organized is no easy feat.

It's sometimes necessary to change during the day. Depending on the weather or if I'm going somewhere I hadn't planned, I may take off garments that are not due for the laundry basket after only a few hours of wear. They can be worn again. So what do I do with them? I don't want them back in with the unworn clothes in the drawers or the closet; there are no hooks in the bedroom to hang them on, and when there have been (in other bedrooms) the hooks have been overloaded; there is no chair to throw them over and when there was, there was always a neatly stacked pile of too many clothes on it so the chair was of no use other than as a clothes rack and an eyesore. You can imagine how I felt about that.

I have been trying out a system of my own invention that is keeping my two major drawers from getting on my nerves.
Top drawer: freshly laundered clothing.
Bottom: Worn once, can be worn once more. And I always look there first, before choosing something from the top drawer.
It's working pretty well, thank you very much. How many years has it taken me to come up with this simple plan? Too many. 


  1. Kate, a brilliant plan! One that I will be trying out as soon as I once again have access to my dresser drawers. For now I have the pile on the moving box thing going on, very messy, but temporary now that I have plan, your plan.

    1. You will have to let me know how it works for you!

  2. Day to day irritations and reasonable ways to overcome them - a great post! My husband is a princess and the pea with bedding but never makes the bed. He likes the duvet (or blanket) to be exactly in line with the top sheet. I like the top sheet to fold over the blanket or duvet - for what seems like obvious reasons to me. If he comes to bed after me, he meticulously fixes the sheet and duvet on his side of the bed. I usually already have me earplugs in as he is a major snorer so it doesn't bug me. The assumption each of us holds, that our way is the right way - is usually amusing to me - although sometimes merely irritating. I like your drawer plan - may have to implement that.

    1. Oh yes, we all have perfectly sensible reasons for liking things as we do. It's much more difficult to realize that others do, too!


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