I read somewhere that making the bed each morning will make you more productive. The single act of accomplishing a task that, for many (myself included), is less than desirable can get your day off on the right foot. The productive foot.
Which I think may be the right one. 🙂
For the past month-and-a-half or so — I don’t recall the exact date on which I started this exercise in increasing productivity — I’ve been making the bed each morning. After I get dressed. After I brush my teeth. After I put in my contacts so I can see what I’m doing. But before I head downstairs. Before I pass go and collect my 200 dollars.
Unfortunately, this experiment is a complete and utter failure. For me. In fact, it seems to have the opposite effect. Somehow, performing the early morning bed-making task justifies time wasted. Doing things like taking yet another Harry Potter Buzzfeed quiz.
I would be sorted into Griffindor. And Cedric Diggory is the wizard I should “get with.”
Or surfing my Facebook newsfeed. Clicking through to Slate and Mashable stories. Or enticing “before and after” transformations teased by Hometalk.
The other downside of making the bed: I spend more time in the bedroom with my eyes open. And contacts in. Which has me thinking about mixing things up.
Yeah, yeah. Get your head out of the gutter.
I was talking design wise. Perhaps I should paint the bed frame? You know, give the space a lighter, more beachy vibe with white chalk paint.
To compliment (okay, match) my IKEA Tarva dresser makeover.
I’m just not sure what Mike would think about all white furniture.
Then there’s the wall behind the bed.
The leopard stencil is fun. And I do like it, but ….
I can’t help thinking about a faux whitewashed brick wall? Or planked? Or bead board wallpaper?
The one thing I won’t be changing is the wall color. Mostly because I don’t want to paint the vaulted ceiling again.
I’ll leave that to the professionals.
I’ll leave you with my final conundrum: Should I continue to make the bed each morning?
If I do, clearly it gives me an excuse to goof off.
If I don’t, I’ll feel supremely lazy. And slug-like … which will lead to more goofing off.
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Like my dad used to say: you can’t win for losing. PS: I make mine every morning. PPD: I am Ravenclaw.
Why am I not surprised you’re a Ravenclaw! 🙂
What a dilemma! I make my bed everyday…but not always in the early morning. But I usually make it by noon! You know if you planked your wall…you wouldn’t have to paint your bed. That would be a lot of work…and it’s summer. You know, when the living is supposed to be easy? 😉
Too true. Too true! That planked wall can wait until the fall … or maybe 2016! 🙂
Summer is the only time of year that I”m out of bed after my husband, so the bed gets made all summer long. (He’s usually still asleep when I leave to teach! And he’s not worried about bed making. Ever.) I’m like you, though. In fact, I’m sitting on my made bed, breakfast in one hand, iPad in the other, Kelly and Michael on the tv. SUPER productive. But, when the day gets busier, and I finally wander back in here after pool time and ball games, I feel better that my bed, at least, looks like I accomplished something today. Just don’t look anywhere else. 🙂
I guess we should just count our small victories in the summertime! And I’m so jealous of your pool time!!! 🙂
About a year ago I started making my bed. I have never regularly made my bed in my whole life (60 here)! And every single day, I am surprised I’m still doing it.Since I don’t have a lot of tucking in to do or extra pillows, it only requires me to pull up the top sheet and comforter & make my pillows straight. What keeps me doing it is how I love getting into a neat, made bed at night! Often it is done quickly when I arrive home from work because often my little grandson has crawled into my bed and is not awake when I leave for work. 5 minutes max and when I come up later? No mess to straighten!
Chris K in Wisconsin says
5 years ago when I retired I started making our bed every day. Up until that point, just getting out the door in the morning was a victory, and the bed was never made. Since then, there have been a few days when one of us was sick w/ a cold or flu, that I didn’t make it, knowing one of us would be crawling back in…… but otherwise, it does get made daily. I am not the get out of bed and make it right now person, but it is always done before 11 AM or so. Being retired it is easy to say “if it doesn’t get done today, there is always tomorrow’ about most everything, but it does make me happy that making the bed is a habit I got into quite late in life!! I can then honestly say I did accomplish SOMETHING that day!! 🙂
Faux whitewashed brick wall? Do it!
As for the bed, it can wait. 😉
Ann C says
I started making my bed when you could see it coming down the hall to the living room. Since then I moved the bed for my attempt at feng shui (sp?) but have continued to make it. But unlike so many I make it as soon as I crawl out of it. I don’t want to have to come back in unless I forget my phone. Like you if I go in I start imagining what I could do to change it…. Better go fix a lemonade and go outside and enjoy the summer.
PS I have the beadboard wallpaper in my kitchen and have been very happy with it. I just don’t like all the steps for wallpaper so I probably won’t do it in the bedroom. I’m a painter when it comes to changing things.
I know where you can get a deal on a couple rolls of bead board wall paper.
Donna @ Modern on Monticello says
Making my bed every morning just consists of me pulling the comforter back in place and putting the pillows we used back at the head of the bed. No decorative pillows ever put back on it seems. That is definitely something I need to work on in the near future. I can’t say I do this to be productive but more to keep the dogs from laying directly on the sheets and getting fur on them. I feel your pain about making changes in the bedroom decor. Last month after my ankle surgery I spent the first week laying in bed with my foot propped up on pillows and just kept looking at the walls I wanted to paint, thinking of new curtains it needed, and pondering putting a bench at the end of the bed. Now THAT can be frustrating when you know you can’t walk again for eight weeks! So my advice, if you are able to make some changes in that room – go for it.!! I can’t wait to see the updates.
Funny thing – I had stopped making the bed because my dog would always sleep in! And he loved being under the covers too! I’m so sorry about your ankle and hope recovery is going well!