Life has been crazy this last month- putting our house up for sale, selling it, Thanksgiving, getting ready for Christmas, trying to find a place to live, and packing, packing, packing. The house most days is in disarray with a box here and Christmas stuff there, but amongst the whirlwind, there has been one constant that has kept me sane…
No matter how thrashed the rest of my house is, I can count on at least the beds being made.
I started making my bed daily 9 years ago.
Right after I had my first daughter, I was way overwhelmed. I remember sitting my husband down one night and telling him that I couldn’t do it all and take care of a baby. I could for sure do one task a day and he got to pick what that one task was. He could either have a clean house, a home-cooked meal OR a showered, put together wife everyday when he came home from work.
He thought for a minute and said what he really wanted was for me to make the bed every day. (He likes to get into a made bed at night.) I was shocked and surprised. That is the easiest thing ever. I could do that! (I thought for sure he would want me to get ready every day. But he told me he thinks I am just as pretty without make-up. I love him, liar or not).
So I have made my bed every day for the last 9 years. I have taken his wish seriously. I fluff pillows, tuck sheets, and fold blankets. It is one of the first things I do in the morning (assuming there are no kids in it).
And I expect my kids to make their beds everyday too. For awhile there, I was thinking I expected too much and then I read on some big time blog that she has this same expectation, and I regained confidence in my own beliefs.
Now although my bed is perfect 🙂 I don’t expect my kids’ beds to be perfect. I just want them to form the habit of making their bed everyday so I accept their wrinkled blankets and skewed sheets. Here is Crew’s bed one morning:
And here it is yesterday. (Man, he nailed it.) Yeah!!! for improvement and taking your time. (What he doesn’t know is now I know how great a job he can really do, so now I will expect more.)
If you feel overwhelmed or like life is out of control, try making your bed every day for a week. It will keep you from crawling back in and it will stay made all day. Making your bed just might make you feel a little bit better. And get your kids in the habit too.It is a great start to the day.