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Why I Started Making My Bed Every Morning

September 26, 2017 arynh 24 Comments

Why I Started Making My Bed Every Morning

September 26, 2017 arynh 24 Comments

Growing up, My mom made her bed every.single.day. As soon as she was up and going, her bed was made. It didn’t matter if we were at home, visiting family, or staying at a hotel, you could insure that my mom would have the beds made. She also did lots of other little things, that seemed meaningless to me and being totally honest, I never really got it. In fact, I gave my mom a hard time about making my bed (and all the other little things) far longer than I would like to admit.
 

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my cute Mom and Dad

 
I’ve shared before, about my struggle with PostPartum Depression and Anxiety. Being a mom didn’t come as easily to me as I expected and I am a very different mother than I ever thought I would be (and that’s a post for another day). Through my journey of healing from that, I have discovered that the little things DO make a huge difference and I can appreciate my mom showing me that, even if it took my 29 years to figure it out. After working through a especially tough spot with my anxiety this summer, I decided to challenge myself to make my bed every day for 1 month.
 
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So what changed when I started making my bed every day?
If I am being completely honest, at first nothing changed.
I was doing it just “because”. And it was hard at first, I didn’t get it made every day. I found that if I didn’t make right when I got out for the morning, it was hard to get back in there and make it.
As the days went on, I started noticing changes. My husband, who is really amazing and NEVER pesters or asks me why things are not done or clean, started thanking me for making the bed. He said it was so nice to come home to that, after a long day.
Now, this may not seem like a big deal, but him noticing it was everything to me. Not only did the recognition feel good, but it made me feel good to do something to make his days even just a little bit better.
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After just a couple of days preschooler started WANTING to make his bed! Now, he even asks to help make my bed everyday. I don’t know how long that excitement will last, but I am sure soaking it up while its here.
After the first weeks, I started feeling like my day wasn’t really started, if I didn’t make the bed.
It became something I was really proud of. And even on really bad days, where I got nothing else done and wanted to pull my hair out, at least the bed was made. I didn’t even realize, how much having a messy bed was feeding into my anxieties, but now that I have the opposite, I am frustrated I did not do it sooner!
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When I was a teenager, and even young adult, my argument was always that it was pointless to make the bed, because you will just mess it back up. But after my month of making the bed, I have come to love folding back the sheets and getting in my made bed. Annnnnd now I sound like my mom, I know, I know.
 
So now that the month is over, will I keep making my bed? 
Yes.  Absolutely. You better believe it!!
Its been said it takes 21 days of doing something to make it a habit, and that has definitely been the case for me, with this. Now, I don’t even have to think about it. Once I am awake and we are out of the bed, I just make it.
And in just 5 minutes, I feel like my day gets off to a great start. And its such a nice reminder, when I walk past my room in the middle of the day, that I am making a conscious effort to do something for ME, and that feels good.
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Do you make your bed every day? If not, I want to challenge you to try it, and let me know if it makes as big of an impact in your day, as it has in mine.
If you already do this each morning, what is something you would like to try to get in the habit of doing?
 
 

24 Comments

  • Sarah September 26, 2017 at 11:11 am

    I’ve definitely tried this, but I usually forget again after a few days. Thanks for this post-it inspires me to keep trying!

    • arynnhinton September 26, 2017 at 2:09 pm

      I am glad you could get some inspiration from it! It was hard for me to make it a habit too

  • Jessica September 26, 2017 at 12:33 pm

    I do the exact same thing and I only started after I was struggling with two kids. It seriously is the little things!

  • Sarah Hock September 26, 2017 at 1:41 pm

    Love this. I do make my bed every morning because, like you, I realized having a messy bed made me feel a bit anxious and when I felt like I did nothing all day or didn’t get to my to do list because of all the demands there are to being a mommy, (to three little ones!), at least my bed was made. It feels good to walk in my room, (my sacred haven some days), and have a neat made up bed. 😉

    • arynnhinton September 26, 2017 at 2:08 pm

      Yes, I totally agree! I am kicking myself for not starting sooner!

  • growinggreatkidsblog September 26, 2017 at 2:18 pm

    I am impressed! I probably need to try this!

    • arynnhinton October 1, 2017 at 8:52 am

      Give it a try and let me know if it makes a difference for you, like it has for me!

  • Noelle September 26, 2017 at 3:11 pm

    I think this is great way to start your day!

  • Paulina Szczepanska September 26, 2017 at 6:12 pm

    I used to be the same way! Never cared about making the bad but now that I’m older and working from home, I noticed it makes such a huge difference in my productivity! Plus, my partner is happy about it too! Win win!
    Sending love from Napa Valley!
    Paulina | http://www.shenska.com

    • arynnhinton October 1, 2017 at 8:52 am

      Yes, same for me, Its like it just gets the day going

  • Chelsea September 26, 2017 at 9:16 pm

    It’s amazing how much it really makes a difference! Just one task completed gives us that boost.

    • arynnhinton October 1, 2017 at 8:51 am

      Yes, it is just a little thing, but huge impact

  • Rakhi Parsai September 27, 2017 at 4:47 am

    What a lovely blog posts. I used to be a full-time working mother for past 5 years and never got the time to make bed early in the morning. It actually made me irritated when I used to come back home. Recently I happen to leave my job and started my own venture that allowed me time for myself and home. Since then I have been making bed daily after getting bed and I can’t begin to describe the happiness it gives me when I see our bedroom and the pleasant smile that my husband has when he sees clean home and bedroom specially

    • arynnhinton October 1, 2017 at 8:51 am

      Congrats on going for your dreams!

  • kindavoguish September 27, 2017 at 10:46 am

    I make my bed every single day and my husband makes fun of me haha! I’ll have to show him this.

  • Erin Sturm September 27, 2017 at 8:11 pm

    This is a great idea. I haven’t regularly made my bed since I was a kid, but I’ve also heard that it helps with allergies.

    • arynnhinton October 1, 2017 at 8:50 am

      Interesting, I had never heard about the allergy thing, I will have to look into that more!

  • This Mum At Home September 27, 2017 at 9:52 pm

    I wish I could but I can’t with my husbands work lol someone is always in the bed sleeping apart from 4-8pm and honestly I’m too busy with the school run , homework , dinner and getting kids to bed to even think about it !!!!

    • arynnhinton October 1, 2017 at 8:50 am

      Hey, I totally get that! Sometimes work schedules make things tough

  • everydayabovedirt September 28, 2017 at 6:13 am

    I could not agree more!! I got out of the habit for a while but trying to make my way back to it. It really does set the tone for the day!

    • arynnhinton October 1, 2017 at 8:49 am

      I think it does too, but it is hard to get to sometimes!

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