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Playful Self-Discipline: Making my Bed

It’s Thursday and time to check in on my Playful Self-Discipline project.  It’s also a brand new month, and time for a new theme.  After contemplating my physical health in January and mindfulness in February, I’m ready to take on organization in March.

Keeping things tidy and clean is a perpetual work in progress when living with small children.  At the same time, I want to help my kids learn good habits early on.  And being organized and cleaning up after one’s self is unquestionably one of those situations where I need to be able to walk the walk before I demand the same of my kids.  If I flop my coat down on the hallway floor, I’m going to have a pretty tough time convincing my kids to pick their own coats up and hang them on the hooks.

Last week I read a great post by BlogHer Contributing Editor, Sarah.  She started making her bed every day.  She felt Zen.  It made the whole room look tidy.  It was good.

Might the same be true for me?  It seems like making the bed is not just about having a tidily made bed, but about the attitude.  Taking care of my space, setting things straight.  Having a spotless house is honestly unattainable for me right now, but making my bed each morning?  I think I can handle that.  And maybe, once I get good at it, I’ll have flexed those willpower muscles and strengthened them so they’ll be strong enough to tackle clearing the kitchen counters each night or some such craziness like that.

So, a challenge for the month of March: I will make my bed before noon every day. It’s not a big thing. It takes less time than meditating, and even less time than flossing.  But even small changes can have big effects, and I’m curious to see how it goes.

Do you make your bed every morning?  Why or why not?

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  • Dawn March 3, 2011, 10:25 am

    All growing up I NEVER made my bed, But I also had like 4 or 5 blankets on my bed, so it was time consuming.
    I look back fondly at the times I helped my grandma make the bed when I stayed over at her house. It was time consuming too, but so much more fun with the two of us.
    With our bed, we have just one duvet with duvet cover, so making the bed literally takes 30 seconds. The only problem that we face now, is hubby sleeps in until 9:30 or 10 every morning (he works at night) so we are usually all ready and heading out the door when he’s getting up.
    On average the bed gets made 3 times a week (before noon)

    • michelle March 3, 2011, 11:26 pm

      We have a duvet with one quilt over the top, so it is very quick. My hubby is up at the dawn and Claire and I are the later risers. I really have no excuse! It’s been going well though. And I do feel more inclined to stay on top of the rest of the perpetual tidying through the rest of the day when I start out by making my bed.

  • CAL March 3, 2011, 1:56 pm

    I am a huge proponent of making the bed in the AM. I always feel better when it is made because it gives such a sense of satisfaction. I have a duvet, a blanket in winter, and sheet. It is fluffed, smoothed, and done! My 19 mo old DD ‘helps’ me make the bed, mostly by playing with the pillows and then handing them to me. Lately, I haven’t been making it as regularly…as my husband is usually still sleeping and I’m unable to get back to my room before I need to leave for work. Sigh…

  • Rachael March 4, 2011, 7:38 am

    My desk is in the bedroom, and so making the bed makes a big difference!

    However, I’ve found that I *rarely* make the bed unless I do it just after I’ve showered and dressed. But on the three days the Critter goes to school, I don’t have the time to shower, dress, make the bed, and get the Critter fed, cleaned, and dressed all before we need to get out the door. So I tend not to make the bed on those mornings. I’m trying to find a way to make it part of my full-workday routine!
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