It’s been a tough couple of weeks as a Michigan State University supporter, there’s no question about that. But I can’t write about that… yet. Instead, I’ve finally made a decision that’s been weighing on my mind, every single week.
My bed skirt has got to go.
For years, I’ve been a slave to a color coordinated, neatly pressed, box-pleated bed skirt. And for years, I’ve been adjusting, untucking and rearranging it every time I change my bed. I know. Truly a first world problem. Actually, I have two of them – a fall/ winter and spring/ summer because I have different quilts. When I’m feeling especially ambitious and strong, and want to take the time to iron so it’s just right, I switch one for the other. It’s the final accessory to make my bedroom look warm and inviting, just a camera-click away from House Beautiful.
Not exactly. The camera man would have to ignore the dresser top that collects earrings, a magazine that didn’t make it back to the living room, and frequently, a couple of odd socks that are missing their mates. Then there are the slippers left in the middle of the floor because they can’t walk themselves to the closet, and the stack of books on my nightstand. Judge me if you want. The bottom line, it’s not the bed skirt that’s gonna make or break my magazine coverage.
What really is the function of a bed skirt? According to Wikipedia, “the purpose of a bed skirt is to give a stylish appearance to a bed without exposing the sides of the box spring or any space under the bed that may be used for storage. Historically, bed skirts were used to block drafts, which could chill the undersides of beds, and to prevent dust from accumulating under the bed.”
Well, I’ll grant you, a fair amount of dust is probably having a party under my bed right now, but I have beige carpet and frankly, I’m not sneezing and what I can’t see doesn’t bother me anymore. At least that’s what I’m telling myself.
As to its use for blocking drafts? Modern heating systems manage that, though during my hot flash period, I would have welcomed a cooler bed underside.
So that leaves nothing more than a decorative function. And though I do like how a bed skirt looks, I think I’m over it. Sort of like my thoughts on makeup these days.
I don’t even remember when I got sucked into thinking my life wasn’t complete without a bed skirt. Frankly, I blame it on Martha Stewart. I still have one of hers for a twin bed, and I love it and I just can’t get rid of it. I am trying to remember the last time I had a twin bed in my house. Sometime late in the last century? Seems about right, yet on the top shelf of my linen closet rests a neatly folded twin size bed skirt. Argh!
Recently, I did a highly scientific study on Facebook and discovered that the majority of responders do indeed use a bed skirt. This Saturday, I will switch my vote and become a member of the minority, which I’m really thinking makes us trendsetters.
I hope I don’t regret it, but the good news for me? I can put it back on again if the chill and the dust and the esthetic really bothers me. I can undo my decision if it doesn’t work out. Too bad MSU can’t do the same. Look for something from me on that next week. I think I’ll be ready.