My husband enjoys listening to a cowboy radio show on Saturday mornings. A few weeks ago, they told some redneck jokes about housekeeping. The funniest one was something like:
"If it's time to vacuum your sheets, you probably need to change them instead."
Changing sheets is an interesting housekeeping topic, though. Many people routinely change sheets on Saturdays, because that's what they've always done, their mothers have always done, and their grandmothers have always done. It's just tradition, and it works. Others wait until they look like they need to be changed. In most homes, usually after someone's been sick, sheets will be changed and washed in hot water to rid any lingering bugs.
But the weekly system doesn't work for everyone. One busy homeschooling mom of seven wrote in a book that she began to get really overwhelmed with washing and changing eight sets of sheets weekly. She said her kids didn't really get that dirty, so why was she stressing herself out to give everyone clean sheets when she maintained they were still relatively clean anyway? Her solution was to wash every two weeks.
I try to change sheets every weekend, but it doesn't always happen. I don't like to go more than two weeks, though, without changing the bedding. It just feels so much better to sleep on a freshly made bed with crisp, clean sheets.
So what do you think about the frequency of changing sheets? What works best for you?