For some of you, making the bed every morning might seem a total waste of time. I, however, have found the routine to be both aesthetically and psychologically beneficial. The details:
Making the bed brings an instant sense of accomplishment. And this little “win” can lead to even bigger wins! You’ll feel equipped to unravel the secrets of the universe. Or, at the very least, to pick up the socks that litter the bedroom floor. My day doesn’t begin until I’ve made my bed.
Wanna get a good night’s sleep? Make your bed first thing in the morning! A tidy bedroom emits restful, positive energy, or what the Chinese call good “feng shui.” That is, unless you have a television in your bedroom. Electronic devices produce negative, nervous energy. If at all possible, banish such appliances from the room.
A tidy bedroom will make you feel empowered, man. Before you know it, you’ll feel inspired to tidy up the rest of the house. No matter what anyone tells you, a cluttered room doesn’t look “lived in.” It just looks…cluttered.
“But Kevin,” you say, “I’ve heard that a bed should never be made, because…dust mites.”
Well, I hate to break this to you, but dust mites are everywhere! We live with them day in, day out. To reduce their numbers, wash your sheets, pillow cases, pillow protectors and mattress protector at least once each week in hot (i.e., 140°F) water. Also, let your bed linens air out in full sun for an hour or so before making your bed. Sunlight kills dust mites.
Now, if you are not in the habit of making your bed every morning, I hope you’ll give it a try. Perhaps you will find, as I have, that this simple investment of your time pays impressive dividends.
In the comments field below, feel free to post your own bed-making thoughts. You might have some strict ideas on the subject!