Mom Advice

Should You Make Your Bed Every Day?

Making the bed every day has become a hot topic in the news lately. Who does it, who doesn’t, why it is good for you, how successful people do it and the proper way to do it.

I’ve heard both sides of the argument and have been on both sides of it myself. As a kid, I never made my bed unless I was threatened with bodily harm. It seemed pointless, because (you guessed it!) I was just going to get in it and mess it all up again.

However, as an adult, I make a point to make the bed each and every day. Some people criticize this and say I am wasting my time. Other people praise me and say that all the wildly successful millionaires make their beds every morning.

Honestly, I just do it because I like the way it looks. The room doesn’t look clean or “finished” until the bed is made.

Also, I’m a bit of a neat freak and like everything to be in its place. I can’t completely relax until the house is clean, the laundry is done and the bed is freshly made.

Strangely enough, I’m also a bit of an overthinker and one day, I started pondering if making the bed every day was mentally and physically good or bad for me. Am I truly wasting my time or setting myself up for success by making the bed every day?

The case for making your bed every day

It turns out, there are some pretty compelling reasons to make the bed every day. By starting your day doing something productive, it sets the tone and increases your productivity for the rest of the day.

Making the bed also motivates you to clean the rest of your house. There is something about seeing a pristine bed amid a sea of dirty laundry that inspires you to straighten up.

Lastly, making the bed is a mental signal that you are taking care of yourself and that your quality of sleep matters.

Why you shouldn’t make the bed every day

Well, there is the time factor. It takes a few minutes to properly make the bed every day and for some people, that might be a deal-breaker.

And if you are truly looking for an excuse to never make the make again, there was a study released by the BBC in 2005 that states that making the bed can be bad for your health. Apparently, our beds are full of dust mites and when you make the bed, you trap them under the sheets. In an unmade bed, the dust mites are exposed to fresh air and sunlight, which takes care of them.

I’m not buying that theory, but like I said, if it helps you feel better about not making the bed, then use it.

Why moms need to make the bed every day

For a mom, one of life’s little pleasures is crawling into a clean, fresh bed at the end of a long day.

Being a mom is tough and the days sometimes seem endless. If you can give yourself one little treat to celebrate making it through another day, then I say do it.

Celebrate that you kept the kids alive. Rejoice that everyone else is in bed and you can finally get some rest. Pull those covers up, take a deep breath and enjoy the little things, like a bed that is ready and waiting for you.

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