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There are Big Questions out there to be asked, and I am not afraid to ask them.

Today's question: pillow shams. Are you supposed to remove the pillow from the sham at night, before sleeping on it? Assuming, of course, that the pillow has both a pillow case and a sham on it.


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Feb. 20th, 2006 06:09 am (UTC)
In the olden days, I would have said yes. But now I say... do whatever makes sense to you. If it matches say a duvet cover - just make sure you launder them both at the same time. That way they will age the same. However if you are sleeping on the pillow sham, I'd say lose the pillow case. Not needed.

My mother, every night, removed the pillow shams and bedspread from the bed completely. And every morning she replaced them. I got better things to do with my time. :)
Feb. 20th, 2006 05:05 pm (UTC)
Makes sense to me.

I have always been one to forget about the "niceties" that take time. I tried bedskirts and discovered what a pain in the ass they are for keeping straight, and tossed them. I like my bed made in part because if I don't make it the cats get in and leave fur and strange things from the outside on the sheets, and in part because I like the luxurious feeling of opening the bed and feeling the crisp cotton on my skin... Even so, I don't make the bed every day. I go through phases that way.

I have noticed that I get impatient about things that take care, like putting away something in a difficult spot. If it's hard to put away it usually doesn't get put away (unfortunately, that's my house: things not put away).

Realizing it is a matter of impatience as much as anything else, I sometimes calm myself and "do it right". But honestly, my nature pushes against it.
Feb. 20th, 2006 05:17 pm (UTC)
I've noticed - espeically since I got the condo redone - that my ways are dictated by 'what does it look like' and 'can I find it easily'.

I no longer use a top sheet. I use a duvet with 2 pillows in pillow shams and one in a pillow case that matches. I can make the bed so it looks nice for company in less time than it takes me to get in our out of it!

I keep my wash clothes in a drawer in the night stand because keeping them with the other linens - in a chest in the hall - is just not convenient.

I keep paper napkins in my desk drawer because I'm forever eating something at my desk and need to wipe my mouth or something.

My mother is the one who actually got me started down this road when she uncovered some unusual hidey hole - can't even remember now what it was - and she of the 'everything in its proper place school, said 'ahhhh, now that's the up side of living by yourself!'
Feb. 20th, 2006 05:26 pm (UTC)
Oh yes, I do not know if anyone other than Paul could ever live with me and stand it.
Feb. 20th, 2006 05:13 pm (UTC)
it's all a sham
i use shams only for decorative pillows in my bdrm. i'm lazy. ;o)

in the guest room (aka the den where i now sit), i put shams on the sleeping pillows, b/c hardly anyone uses them.

in cabins i stayed at this summer, all had shams in addition to the sleep pillows (they were 'hiding' the sleep pillows underneath) - i'd toss 'em in the closet until i left.

i did buy some pillow shams at target to match a set - excellent quality - i was surprised!

re; your BIG question: i would remove the sham IF there's a pillowcase under it. ymmv.

hths judith!
Feb. 20th, 2006 05:24 pm (UTC)
Re: it's all a sham
Yeah...I've seen those uses in other homes. I don't have the space to be tossing shams into a closet or wherever. I think I'll sleep on them. They came with the comforter I bought recently (I really just wanted a comforter), and they are made of a fake suede that feels really good. So what the hell, I'll sleep on them and wash them at the same time as the comforter.
Feb. 21st, 2006 12:22 am (UTC)
I'd sleep on the shams and wash them when you wash the other bedding. I had to make my bed every day when I was growing up, and make it daily as a young adult until I moved out. I respected the house rules. Now, I don't look back when I get out of bed in the morning. No top sheet, just a comforter, fitted sheet and a bunch of pillows. My bed doesn't care if it's made so I don't either. =)
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