Every day we jump out of bed and the race is on.
It may be that you have children to get ready for crèche or school, animals to feed and walk, partners to hurry up and gently push out the door.
Then its the commute or drive or walk or cycle to work, to a friends, to a meeting, or to shop.
The end of the day approaches, work to finish, children to pick up, dogs to walk, gym sessions, dinner to cook, children to bath, books to read, study to be done.
Finally....Finally some time to relax. Me time You time and Partner time.
My question is though..When do you REALLY chill out?
My husband asked this question the other day when one of our children said, "Mum just chill out I will get it done!"
"Dont you understand, my husband said, We cant chill out until it is done and these days it seems like NEVER."
I was horrified..Do I never chill out and have the Me time I long for? I sat and thought about it and he was right. It didn't matter if I was sitting, walking the dog or doing the dishes my mind is always on go and I am thinking about the next thing on my agenda, tomorrow, the kids, work, everything!
Our lives have become so full that some days I long to sit on a porch, rock gently and watch the world go by one minute at a time and not think about anything.
When do we stop and get off the treadmill and stop to smell the roses? Is it in retirement? because for me that diary is already fairly full with places to see, people to visit and new friends to make.
One thing I have never compromised on is our sit down family dinner.
Each night whoever is home we sit at a set table and enjoy the comfort of sharing what we did for the day. No television just us and that my friends I realise is when I really do CHILL OUT! Not at night under my quilt cover but at dinner surrounded by my family :)
Enjoy your week and I hope you find your Chill Out time!
When I was young I remember dreaming of travel and adventure and then marriage and children.
Well I did do all of those things in that order so I was sure I was on track and yes I did actually want 4 children even though I didn't factor my wonderful twins in the equation and things looked rosy each night when all were in bed.
Its the mornings that it all started and went steadily downhill.
The mounds of washing, endless picking up of toys and food and items I didn't even have names for!
I told myself it would change in time, as they grew older it would get easier and they would help around the house, picking up their own things and putting them away.
Um-mm now no one knew where the spare keys were, or the dog lead or the school notices so I had to ask them to stop being quite so helpful for a few years and so it went on.
Then light at the end of the tunnel! The kids grew up, started driving, being organised, house sitting, and travelling.
My life started to look rosy again or did it?
Our front door became the entrance to a speedway and it was a whirlwind in, clothes thrown everywhere in the attempt to find "that top" and there they stayed until the next visit or wash day or another event! Are all kids bedrooms the same?
I closed the door but when it was opened and I walked past I couldnt help it..I had to go in..guiding my feet to carefully find floor space and teeter while wondering where to start.
I can hear you saying it now as I did myself.."Its not your mess and they are old enough to tidy up"
but I cant help it! I just want it clean and tidy and orderly! Remember I invented our Coshee quilt cover to help this!
For years I waited patiently for this day and it is slowly receding as I watch the piles grow and the mess accumulate to the sighs and eye rolls of "Dont worry I will do it when I get home. Just close the door and don't look in there."
When does the housework stop? As parents did we miss a line when we got married after the "Till death do us part" that said "Housework will be yours forever and ever?"
Maybe I had that glazed look of love on that day and I didn't hear it but I challenge any parent to tell me that they can walk past that closed door and not want to clean and tidy!
It must be a parent gene :(
So you think you know how to make the bed? Do you do hospital corners and tucked in sides? Or do you have neat tight corners and loose sides?
How about tight sides and loose ends? Or how about you are now lost in a world of confusion!
Bed making used to be an art. Beautifully executed hospital corners ( This was a fold the sheet, tuck it under, and appears a bit like an envelope on the bottom corners of the bed and never came untucked) and tight as a pin sheets that you could bounce a coin of (Army terminology here) like Grandma did.
Then came the amazing idea of feather/down or goose quilts that replaced blankets and people started to loosen up a bit about the tight sheets and wanted a bit more slack when they climbed into bed and slept under the soft layer of feathers as opposed to the heavier blanket.
Finally in this day and age 50% of us sleep with a fitted bottom sheet, loose top sheet, and a quilt in a duvet/quilt cover. The other half ditches the loose top sheet and sleep just under the duvet/quilt cover. We dress our beds with lots of pillows and shams. We place beautiful hand made quilts on top for decoration and you know what...We rarely show these rooms to anyone as they are our sanctuary. When was the last time you invited someone into your bedroom?? (To look at the bed folks!)
So how did YOU make the bed today? Did you tuck in corners or leave sheets loose?
Do you have a special way that only you know how to do that your partner knows they cannot duplicate?
I love chatting to people who tell me all sorts of things about how they make a bed, the way they sleep or style their bedrooms and I look back to my time growing up and what I learnt and it made me remember, I think I forgot to teach my children how to execute a hospital corner sheet tuck!
Maybe that’s why our children don’t like to make a bed… We forgot to show them!
Happy bed making everyone :) I have added a How to make hospital co
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We all think the same thing some days….We look at an object and we see it as it is but others days its like clouds…We all see something different in the shape!
Here is a quick and easy way to say How A Coshee Set will work on your bed in your home. It is simply a quilt cover with a clip on top sheet. No more mucking around taking the quilt out of the cover washing it, drying it and struggling to get it back in, with a Coshee set you simply put the quilt in the cover (Use the corner ties to secure your quilt in the cover) clip on the white sheet and there you go!
When it comes time to wash the sheet (Not the quilt cover as it has been protected by the sheet) unclip, wash, dry and clip back on. Perfect for kids and adults alike!
Your bed will always look neat, stylish and well made as the sheet folds over the top for the fold back look. Each day bed making is a five second job as you just lift, fluff, and settle. Done! Throw on the pillows (All the ones that make it look chic and men dislike) and you have a perfect bed.
There have been no tangled sheets at night, no “doona” hogging as you should always buy a quilt cover set one size larger than your bed so that you have lots of cover to toss and turn with, and you have all been snug and warm under natural bamboo or cotton fibres that warm you in winter and cool you in summer.
Now….How do you use a Coshee® again?
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I am Jane - a mum of 4, lover of dogs and cats, with a passion for stylish items for your home and the environment that don't
cost the earth.
I blog about interior design, natural living, decorating, family, and the environment. I am very proud of our eco-friendly Coshee bed linen and love to hear back from you so please contribute with your experiences and ideas.