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Wrinkled (and other laundry pet peeves)

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Guest blogger Terra turned to blogging at The Emerson Family as a quicker, easier way to chronicle her days of motherhood and she hopes it will be something her two young daughters will refer to for guidance and remembrance. Her candid posts are humorous, often interactive, light, and entertainingly appropriate for all to read and enjoy. She has always loved to write and aspires to write children’s books.

Sorry Ladies–I am not here to talk about an amazing product I found to stop the formation of the hideous ones around my face….

Do you remember this I love Laundry? Well then here goes:

I am here to talk about the ridiculous ones in my daughter’s sheets. The sheets on our bed are fine and wrinkle-free but they only make them in fancy, deep, boring old adult colors.

I have bought from Pottery Barn Kids, Land of Nod, Target, Wamsutta, Target, Linens and Things and probably more. I cannot seem to win.

Remove from dryer promptly – Yeah I can do that. I can even set the timer for 5 minutes at a time and keep checking the sheets to see if they are dry yet so I can be extra prompt. But whatever I do, I still get wrinkles. And not just any wrinkles – the kind that makes you wish you had a can of spray starch from 50’s (do they still sell that and how would it feel to sleep on starched pillow cases?)

All I have to say is all sheets should be WRINKLE-FREE straight from the dryer whether you take them out promptly or a week later when you remember they are there.

On this last trip to the dryer I actually took the time to iron the pillow cases (Who does that?). They were so wrinkled I knew I wouldn’t want to lay my head on them.

So…If you know a brand of plain, solid girly-colored sheets that you love that doesn’t break the bank, and comes out wrinkle-free every time please share. Please!

What is your biggest laundry pet peeve?

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  • comment avatar Maria February 19, 2009

    I have the same problem with the sheets on our bed. I even buy them at a very nice boutique linen shop. For me it is the edges of the pillow cases – looks like someone scrunched them up like a piece of paper you would throw away!

  • comment avatar Amber Johnson February 19, 2009

    My laundry pet peeves are plentiful. Mostly even at the very moment I am doing the laundry, people are wearing clothes are dirtying some more.

  • comment avatar Amber Johnson February 19, 2009

    Basically, it’s a no-win situation. 🙂

  • comment avatar Kagey February 19, 2009

    I don’t worry about wrinkled sheets, because right now it’s all about keeping them clean. My 3 yr old is very happy that she is wearing underwear to bed now; however, she’s only staying dry 1/3 the time. So, I’ve stopped caring about wrinkles. It’s more like, did I lose my mind, or did I change her sheets already today? 😀

  • comment avatar Bonnie February 19, 2009

    Are you buying 100% cotton? We don’t seem to have that problem so I’m wondering if ours have some good ole polyester in them?

  • comment avatar Jenna Hallock February 19, 2009

    Well, Terra this is a tough one. I wish nothing wrinkled (including my face)! I have turned to flannel sheets for the kids which are super cozy, and although they do wrinkle a bit seem to be less noticeable. I found these at Target, but honestly don’t know if they sold any in a solid.

    Martha would be very proud to know that you are ironing your pillowcases though!

  • comment avatar jenjen February 19, 2009

    Laundry IS my pet peeve. I wish I could invent a way to never have to do laundry again! I think it’s called a laundry service – but I can’t afford to have all of my clothes sent out. Plus, I wouldn’t want other people washing my family’s underwear!

    Wrinkled sheets are the least of my problems. But if you find a cure for them – let me know!

    Great article Terra!


  • comment avatar Terra February 19, 2009

    Jen Jen – My husband wants to invent DISPOSABLE clothes! maybe that would help!

  • comment avatar Momma, The Casual Perfectionist February 20, 2009

    I, too, start to twitch when I see wrinkled sheets…but I’ve slowly let it go. (I wrote a post a while back about our Guest Room sheets…and I did iron those. Ack!)

    I put the sheets on as soon as they come out of the dryer and then call that it.

    I have found that the 100% cotton ones are the worst. The ones that are a blend don’t wrinkle nearly as much. 🙂

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