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Friday, September 8, 2017

Pillow Case

Ceci n'est pas a blog, folks.
I've been writing about various trivial things and will post here as I complete. They are for me.
Older posts remain.

Note to self and universe: I have had to give up thrift stores for the greater good of decluttering. It is tough. Approaching 6 months.

Another difficult part of my decluttering process is LINENS. I love percale sheets, the kind that used to be ordinary and are now impossible to find--200 or so thread count COMBED cotton percale. So I pick them up when I see them. Since they are white, they can be bleached. If one cares. I do not.

I have such linens bursting out of baskets in the few storage areas of my old house. I made a pile, Marie Kondo style.

Well, I didn't get rid of many. I have a lot. Everything sparked joy, sadly. Even the old Cannon twin sheets marked with a hospital laundry code. I figure I won't have to buy linens again for the rest of my life. I did separate by size and function.

My best surprise was at the bottom of a pile. It was a king size case (I don't have a king bed or pillow). Of course, I have no recollection of buying it. It was yellowed. It felt so good. I peered inside to see if there was a label. There was: D Porthault. A $200 pillow case. I imagine its mate was thrown out because of some minor damage and the orphan went to the thrift store where it was sold for 99 cents. 

I washed it and put it on my pillow, a down pillow that was likewise thrifted after I learned that you can wash down items in the machine in hot water. You can. There are loads of down pillows available because pillows have the "EWWWW" factor written about by many thrifting experts. The pillow case looked ridiculous as it is way too big for the pillow. My pillow will not be featured in Architectural Digest

Still, it felt delicious.

Sleep that knits up the raveled sleave of care,
The death of each day's life, sore labor's bath, 
Balm of hurt minds, great nature's second course, 
Chief nourisher in life's feast.


tess said...

Sleep is very nice in cotton or linen bedding. I've weeded away anything that has a smidge of polyester. Still serviceable for curtains though. I use excess pillow cases to hold rolled up sleeping bags.

Sobering to think I have enough clothes, books, linens to last a lifetime. Maybe shopping and accumulating hold out the possibility of hope for a longer life.

Frugal Scholar said...

@tess--Thanks for still reading! Actually, i have been on a de-cumulation path for 6 months. i have not gone into a thrift store. I have given up something I found very pleasurable, because my house was about to explode. It is slow for me because i love all those soft worn out linens.