how to fake-make a child’s bed

Aug 8

having a clean and tidy house is something i strive toward each day. that tidiness begins each morning as we make our beds. the day doesn’t seem like it can truly begin for me unless all the beds are made. call me crazy…call me normal. whatever the case, it was a chore i grew up with, and i hope we can pass that idea on to our kids.
our 3 children each have their own room, but the boys choose to sleep with one another each night. this is our 7 year old’s bedroom where they both sleep…and this is the state i see it every morning…

 

i know, not too bad. but i like to see the beds tidy when i walk past the room throughout the day.

the issue with making these beds is that they are a platform style, which makes the “tucking” part a little tough. sure, the beds look really nice when i have them made with sheets, blankets, quilts and pillows…all tucked in neatly. but within an hour (read – a few minutes) the kids are on top of the bed reading books or jumping around. and that means the beds get completely messed up…and there goes all my hard work smoothing, tucking and layering.

so for the day to day, i have found that “fake-making” their beds works out really well. especially during the summer months when we don’t have heavy bedding to work with and the kids are home all day long. and it saves me a lot of time…which is nice for a busy mommy of 3.

now – how to “fake-make” a bed!

first, clear everything off the bed…

then, smooth out the fitted sheet. this is a good time to notice if the sheets need changing too. we change our sheets 1-2 times a week, but sometimes i will notice something sooner and will quickly change it out…

next, you’ll fold up the flat sheet….or as my sister and i called it when we were little – the cold sheet. once the flat sheet is folded nicely, place it near the headboard at the top of the bed…

set the pillows on top…

add their favorite furry friends and you’re done…

one bed down – one to go. following the same process, remove everything from the bed and smooth out the fitted sheet…

fold the flat sheet and place it near the headboard…

add your pillows…

and then add their furry friends…

now, the room looks really nice and tidy…just because the beds are made…

when it’s time for bed, we grab the flat sheet and cover up the boys as they are getting tucked in.

 

there really is a difference…

i follow the same process during the winter with heavier bedding. however, instead i place the blankets or quilts nicely folded at the foot of the bed. you can see an example of this in (what should be) our 6 year old’s room…

 

because it’s summer now and occasionally a child does sleep in here, the flat sheet is hidden away under the quilt…

it’s so easy to fake-make a child’s bed. i hope if you’ve been struggling to make your child’s bed, because of all the tucking, that this is an easy and simple solution for you!

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