In The Power of Habit, author Charles Duhigg argues that making your bed every morning is correlated with more productivity and being able to better stick to a budget.
If you make your bed, you're more likely to sleep better, and be more effective in chasing away the grouchy zombies (they're real, trust me).
And happiness guru Gretchen Rubin, as well as others, all claim that making your bed will make you happier.
Of course, a big part of my mission here at G&GCo. is keeping it real. I'm journeying for goodness. It's not a destination - it's a process. We're all at different places, and mine just happens to be tumbling out of a messy bed every morning.
So in the spirit of full disclosure, here's the before pic of my bed.
Let's dissect it.
- off-center window - This doesn't have anything to do with making my bed, but in the vein of good living the fact that the window is all wonk-jabbered behind the headboard impacts the positive aura of the room. I have plans to restore balance and harmony to this space (although I know feng shui still disapproves with sleeping in front of a window), and I'm hoping that making my bed will be the catalyst I need for follow through.
- bathrobe - Everything in its place. That is my most failed mantra. There's a dedicated hook on the back of the bathroom door just for this bathrobe. To quote Happy Gilmare (who even does that?!?!): "Why don't you just go HOME? That's your HOME! Are you too good for your HOME?
- guest room bedding/duvet that actually belongs on the bed - I have a perfectly lovely set of bedding for both my room and the guest room. How they both ended up in here is a mystery. So in reality, making my bed means making TWO beds. This is the goodness multiplier in effect, y'all.
- pregnancy pillow - Yes, my daughter is almost 4 and I still sleep with my pregnancy pillow. To be fair, I consider it treatment for a frustrating health condition. I have carpal tunnel syndrome, and my arm tends to fall asleep less at night (which means I sleep better) when I prop myself up on my pregnancy pillow. My better half truly hates the pillow. It crowds him, and it really isn't very attractive laying on the bed. I don't know how to solve the crowding problem, but maybe I can find a better way to store the pillow. My thinking cap is on. We'll see!