I made my bed every day for a year

About a year ago I started making my bed every day.  It’s not a fancy bed, I don’t have a lot of pillows – was it a comedian who said that if you have loads of throw pillows you must be rich.  Jim Gaffigan comes to mind.  Anyone know?

Admiral William H. McRaven, commander of U.S. Special Operations Command led a force of 69,000 men and women and was responsible for conducting counter-terrorism operations worldwide. I bet you didn’t know that right?  You just think he’s the guy who did the speech about why you should make your bed every day.  He claims this small task may change the world. You can decide for yourself if that is true.

Anyhow, I started making my bed every day and a couple of things happened.   It hasn’t changed the world yet (that I know of).

First let me say I worked at the Walnut Street Inn Bed and Breakfast, and I learned to properly make a bed there.  The beds were fancier and I learned to do fancy things with the bedspread. Like this photo:

The Jordan Room at the Walnut Street Inn – Springfield, MO

You can compare to the photo of my made bed. 

As you can see, I am not a fancy person.  My bed is super comfy though, and I have expensive pillows. 

When I took my six-month sabbatical recently, a made bed was nice.  I would go in there to binge watch Top Chef, Call the Midwife, FBI, and it seemed to enhance the experience.  Sitting on top of the bedspread, instead of on top of the sheet, with all that mess to the left of me, hard to explain, it just felt nicer.

The Good

I developed a morning routine.  I started the water for my pour over, went to the bathroom and took my vitamins and sinus pills, then made my bed.  I walked back to the kitchen, and I unloaded the dishwasher as I waited for the water to seep through the coffee grounds into the carafe.  

This routine of mine was habit stacking. A strategy you can use to group together small changes into a routine. To maximize habit stacking treat it like a single action instead of a series of individual tasks.

Side note – Now that I have gone back to work, that routine is shot to hell, but I still make my bed, and forget to take my vitamins.


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The Bad

If I leave and Steve is still in bed, I make my bed when I get home. (Steve does not share my views on a made bed.) I have a twinge of anxiety when it’s not made.  

In the past, especially during times of stress I have bouts of OCD.  But it’s not something I deal with on a daily basis.  So, I don’t feel the unmade bed is about that, so I am not sure why I feel a bit anxious when it’s not made.  I don’t feel that way about the clutter on the coffee table, or the messy bathroom sink.

The Ugly

The nastiest reason not to make your bed when you first get up.

Dead skin cells and mites.

This research, from London’s Kingston University, came out in 2005:

“Experts now say you shouldn’t make your bed. Apparently, microscopic dust mites — the kind that feed on scales of human skin — love the warm, dark embrace of a neatly made bed. Leaving the bed unmade and exposing the sheets to light can cause the mites to dry up and die.” [1]

EWWWWW!

So dear readers, are you a bed maker?  If yes why, and if no why not?  I would love to hear your views. Drop a comment below.

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[1] You can find the full article here

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