I only change my bed sheets 2 times per year

Tracey Folly

*This is a work of nonfiction based on actual events I experienced firsthand; used with permission.

I only change my bedsheets twice per year, and I'm not ashamed to admit it. In fact, I think it's kind of awesome.

When I was growing up, my mother insisted on changing my bedding every other week. Even as a child, I thought that seemed excessive. Why did I have to exchange one set of clean bedding for another? It made no sense.

My childhood best friend had to change her sheets every Saturday morning before she could leave the house. I never understood the logic behind it. Her mother must have enjoyed running the washing machine for no reason.

As an adult, I began stretching the time between bedding changes by several weeks, then several months, finally arriving at six months between changes as ideal for me.

I know some people feel grossed out by the thought of not changing their sheets more often, but I really don't see the big deal. My sheets get washed regularly twice a year as I said, so they're not exactly dirty.

And even if they were a little dirtier than most people's, who cares? I'm the only one who has to sleep in them, so as long as I'm comfortable, that's all that matters. I'm saving water and energy this way.

Plus, changing your bed sheets more often than twice a year is just a waste of time and money. If you're not comfortable with a little dirt, then that's your prerogative. But for me, twice a year is plenty.

My bedsheets don't have stains, and they don't smell. So, as far as I'm concerned, they're perfectly fine.

If you're someone who changes their bedsheets more often than I do, that's totally cool. We all have different standards of cleanliness. But don't judge me for not changing my sheets as often as you do. Twice a year is more than enough for me, and I'm perfectly happy with that.

Do you know how many people choose to sleep on bare mattresses and pillows? I've known many people who don't use sheets and pillowcases at all. They sleep directly on their uncovered mattress and pillows, which is far worse than sleeping on sheets and pillowcases that were fresh just six months ago.

I always use a mattress cover between my sheets and my mattress. So I protect my mattress no matter how long I take to change my bedding. I couldn't tell you how long I go between washing my blankets. There really isn't any need to toss clean blankets in the wash just because an arbitrary amount of time has passed.

I could probably last a full year between changes if I tried. But six months is an excellent compromise for me. It's not too much work, and it saves water and energy. So, that's why I only change my bedsheets twice per year. Also, because I'm lazy.

I see no reason to change them more often than necessary.

What do you think? How often do you change your bedsheets? Are you as lax about it as I am, or are you more fastidious? Let me know in the comments below.

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