If, like me, you are a lazy layabout, but need to feel somewhat accomplished, try taking five minutes to make the bed before you leave for work in the morning.
I noticed that when I clean my environment, even nominally, whether that’s my living room, kitchen, car, or bedroom, I feel better and I am more productive.
And if I’m not productive, then at least I don’t feel guilty over dishes in the sink. If I want to feel okay being a slacker, then I can be okay with doing a tiny bit of work.
The effort of making the bed takes the least time out of my day, and there are a lot of benefits.
If I have a productive day at work, coming home to a bedroom with a made-up bed is the icing on the cake – even if there are clothes on the floor and papers littering the dresser.
Making the bed and fluffing the pillows leads me to collect wayward clothes and scattered paper. From there it’s a slippery slope to sweeping, mopping, and dusting, but if I don’t have time to do any of those things – or, let’s face it, I don’t care – then a ready-made bed does just fine as the end-all be-all of my cleaning list.
If I have a sucky day at work, my bed is waiting for me to come home and crawl under the covers.
And yes, I make the bed on Saturdays, too. Partly for accomplishment, and partly because seeing a made bed helps me relax. Usually I’m pretty busy on the weekends – that’s when I get schoolwork done that I couldn’t finish during the week. Sometimes I’m working on the house, too. And passing by my bedroom and seeing the made bed both reminds me to relax and lets me look forward to sleeping there.
I’ve learned to make the bed before I leave for vacation, and not just because my neighbors are looking after the house. Trips can go awry, things don’t go as planned, relatives argue over where they bought their first microwave and how much it cost and who lugged it home, and the last thing I want after an emotionally and/or physically draining vacation is to come home to an unmade bed.
My bedroom may not be the cleanest in the world 24/7, but I do enjoy sleeping there, and I want to keep it that way.
That is the wisdom I have gleaned in these last few months.
And now I’m going to clean my car. But first – a nap.