I am convinced that my mom was in the military in another life. Here’s why I think that: she is so incredibly particular about how the bed is made. All beds, not just the one she sleeps in. I really want to try and draw you a mental picture of just how tight and precise they are. Not only can you bounce a quarter off any bed in my parent’s house, but get under the covers and lay on your back – and your toes will curl down.
Here’s how she taught me to make a tidy bed:
• Knowing how particular she is about her bed, step one surprises me. She actually uses a fitted sheet on the mattress. But the corners must match perfectly, and there should be no wrinkles.
• Next goes the flat sheet. First, be sure the finished side is facedown so that it looks nice when you pull the sheets back. Line the top of the sheet up with the top of the mattress and the middle fold with the center of the bed. Then make it smooth all the way to the bottom, tucking the end between the mattress and box springs. No bunching allowed – the sheet lays flat between the mattress and box springs.
• Next – hospital corners. Go to one side of the end of the bed. Take the sheet draping from the side about a foot from the end of the bed. Lift it up almost creating a V and tuck the lower drape under the mattress. Repeat on the other side.
• The blankets are done using the same method as the flat sheet.
• The comforter or duvet varies according to the type of bed and cover. Her golden rule - it must look smooth and nice.
• Sleeping pillows are put in the pillow cases and are aligned properly so that the corners match and there is no bunching. Always place the hem side of the pillow case facing out. Top with any decorative pillows.
I’m not sure how her method developed. This is the process I’ve always known. I follow it – mostly. But I do have to admit that my beds aren’t so precise and tight. According to Martha Stewart, my mom has it right, and she insists that this tight, tucked in method helps her get the perfect night’s sleep. My husband, on the other hand, disagrees. In fact, whenever he sleeps in a bed she’s made, the first thing he does before crawling into bed is pull the flat sheet and blankets out at the bottom.