I always make my bed. It's not something that I did as a child or even in my early teens, but once my mom let me redecorate my own room, it became a habit and it stuck. Now, I know that there are very valid reasons why people will tell you to make your bed every day. Some say it's the path to success, but my own personal motivation has nothing to do with personal achievement.
I don't make my bed, because it sets my day off right with an early accomplishment. I don't do it so I won't be embarrassed if a guest sees it unmade or because I feel better when the room is made up and uncluttered. Nor do I fuss and fluff, because I want the sheets to be neat when I get back in at night for a better sleep.
They're all good reasons to do it. They're just not mine. My motivation is actually much more shallow.
Why do I make my bed every morning?
The simple answer is because it looks better that way.
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There's no underlying psychology here. I just like the way my bedroom looks when my comforter is pulled up and the pillows are poofed and artfully arranged.
Let's face it, I love home decor, it's my passion and I spent a ton of time planning the master bedroom out. I chose the paint, the rug, the curtains and the bedding. I shopped for a long time and spent money on each piece. When the room is clean and the bed is made, it looks fabulous.
With old pjs on the floor and tousled sheets, well, not so much.
When I was a little girl my mom used to tell me stories in order to illustrate what she believed to be important life lessons, big or small. They were either pithy sayings, old wives tales or short anecdotes. I remember them all and repeat them to my own kids on a regular basis.
They love that.
Anyway, one of my favorites has to do with a woman's hair.
My mom always said that a woman could be wearing a thousand dollar dress, but if her hair isn't done, she will look like a mess. However, if her hair is styled, she could be wearing a paper bag and look fabulous!
I have to say, she was right.
And I hear those words in my head all the time, all these years later, sometimes when I'm getting dressed and sometimes, when I look at my unmade bed. It reminds me of a woman in a couture gown...and bedhead.
In my own master, I have gorgeous white bedding on my king mattress, antique furniture, cutwork euro shams, layers of white pillows, aged hardwood floors and gauzy, ethereal drapes framing it all. I own the right pieces and yet, when I don't make the bed, none of that matters.
The elements are still there ~ the floor, the windows, the antiques ~ but all you notice is the rumpled bed linens. Not only does the room look messy and undecorated, it looks dirty.
It's the easiest decorating cheat in the book. And it doesn't cost a dime.
When I posted a quote about making your bed on Facebook this week, people reacted with some strong opinions. Most said that they made their beds, too. Some said that they have better things to do than waste time making their beds and I get that.
No judgement. To each his own.
I just figure that I've already bought the dress.
I may as well take the five minutes to do my hair.
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