You're probably wondering what an American writer of horror, supernatural fiction, fantasy, and science fiction has got to do with pillows, of all things.
Well, sources have it that Stephen King is obsessed with them, and rightfully so!
For someone who scares his audience, King believes in the power of dreams and draws inspiration for this work from his own. Needless to say, pillows must be a big deal in his life.
In our opinion, he deserves a good night’s slumber…with a nightmare or two, which can be the premise of his next story.
So, let’s take it from the King of horrors how to get a bee in our bonnet about them!
Find the Right Spot
If sources are to be believed, the celebrated author wants all his pillows in the “right” position.
If you have a strong urge to constantly rearrange your pillows to perfection, get anxiety seeing them misaligned, or love to spend a lot of time finding that perfect spot for them, congratulations! You’re already in the grasp of this Kingly obsession.
Focus on Uniformity and Order
An extreme desire for symmetry must also be felt in the way the pillows are positioned. For instance, Stephen King is said to prefer the open end of his pillowcases facing one side of his bed.
Choose your poison, we say! You can replicate King's obsession by stacking your pillows in such a way that the open ends of the pillowcases alternate. You can also choose to face all of them or none of them.
Furthermore, if you’re feeling venturesome, focus on sticking to the same pillow types, shapes, and sizes as well.
For instance, having all your bed pillows made of memory foam will help you arrange them more uniformly. Similarly, using kapok in all of your throw pillows will make them all look identical.
Hide the Boring Details
King's desire for all the open ends of the pillowcases to face one side of the bed could be his way of hiding the boring details. After all, who wants to flaunt yellowed or lumpy pillow parts?
A pillowcase functions as both a protective layer and a mask. We recommend purchasing zippered pillowcases, which eliminate the need to hide the open ends and worn-out pillows inside them.
Keep ‘Em Clean
Whether or not you're willing to obsess over your pillows, cleanliness is essential.
If you want to learn from Stephen King, you should know that he always washes his hands before bed. In a way, he protects his bed linen from stains and smears.
To keep pillows clean, we recommend washing them on a regular basis (if they are washable at all) or spot cleaning them as needed.
Also, if you are a true Stephen King fan, keep in mind that his books and movies will come with several tear-jerker moments, which means you may be shedding tears right into your pillow.
To avoid mold and mildew, keep it clean and dry.
Last but not least, obsessing over pillows should not come with too much effort. It should be a no-brainer, a force of habit. After all, what’s an obsession if you have to coax yourself into doing it?
So, don’t fret too much about why you do what you do. Do it anyway!