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?