For most of my life, I was a non-bed maker. What exactly was the point of making your bed when you were just going to get in it again at night? And during my many years as a single mother of three children, there was often at least one child lying in my bed, waiting to be scooped up at the last possible minute when we left the house. How could I possibly be expected to make my bed?
I was also a slob and it bothered me. I hated how messy my bedroom was; it was the opposite of the serene, peaceful retreat I wanted for myself. I would periodically do a big clean-up, always starting with making my bed, of course, and it would be messy again within the week.
And then I met my husband, the neatest person I know. The first thing he did every day was make his bed and I saw for myself how doing that one thing set the tone for the entire day. A nicely made bed is a foundation of order on which you can build the rest of your day.
When I was researching my book on happiness, this was the number one most impactful change that people brought up over and over,
I absolutely believe this and because you and I are friends, I’m going to confess that over the last few weeks I have actually stopped making my bed in the morning and I have seen the rippling effects in the rest of the house: Christmas shopping left out, mail not put away, shoes all over the place. And that’s just me; my husband is inherently neat. So, starting today, I will take up the bed-making habit again, and once again, reap the pleasure and the benefits.
Join me, won’t you?
This is part of my 31 Days of Holiday Self-Care Challenge. To see all the posts in this series, visit here.