Why We Make our Beds, and HOW!

Before we get into “how to” make your bed, let’s discuss “why” we do it in the first place. A lot of men will agree that they just don’t understand why it’s necessary to have a made bed during the day when no one is home, only to undo it at the end of every night. But making your bed starts the day off right, especially if you wake up on the ‘wrong’ side.

Gretchen Rubin, author of The Happiness Project says, “Making your bed is a step that’s quick and easy, yet makes a big difference. Everything looks neater. It’s easier to find your shoes. Your bedroom is a more peaceful environment. For most people, outer order contributes to inner calm.” Another reason to make your bed is that it promotes better sleep, according to the National Sleep Foundation (NSF). When you sleep better, you perform better. A made bed also helps in feeling productive and accomplished even before a cup of coffee; making your bed is a good habit to have.

Good day or not, there is safety in knowing that you will be coming home to a neatly made bed. There is just something about a made bed; no matter how much laundry has piled up or how many unfolded clothes are scattered across your floor, a made bed brings peace no matter what time you walk into your bedroom.

Enough about why, here are a few easy tips on how to make your bed:

  • Start with a fitted sheet; it provides a quick but solid foundation (if you have a bed skirt, make sure you start with that first).
  • Lay a flat sheet across the bed and use your forearms and palms to smooth over any wrinkles.
  • Tuck the bottom part of the sheet at the foot of the bed underneath the mattress. Depending on your preference, you can either tuck the sides (for less movement) or leave them hanging (for more fluid movement).
  • Shake out your blanket over the bed and let it land in a quiet heap. Like your flat sheet, smooth it out until it’s perfectly positioned.
  • Fluff your pillows and place them at the head of the bed. Add accessories – decorative pillows, neck-rolls and a neatly folded throw at the foot of your bed.
  • Change your sheets once a week and if you have time, iron them (it makes a world of a difference). Wash your comforter or bedspread every few weeks, and don’t forget to swap out your decorative pillows each season.

 

Contributor: Greg Longmuir