Tuesday, October 16, 2012

Can Making Your Bed Help Your Writing?

Do you make your bed every morning?

I know most of us hit the deck running. Kids need breakfast, you need to get going on your day and many times the last thing you think about is making your bed.

There was an especially busy time in my life when I was working and going to college. I'd get up at 5:30 so I'd get out the door by 6:30. Then I'd drive to the university and go to class before going to work. Making my bed was impossible, mainly because Hubby was still in it. We worked out a deal that the last one out of bed had to make it. And guess what? It worked.

During those busy years our bed was always made. Sweet! That was several years ago . . .

Now, I'm not so crunched for time, however, the habit of making the bed has stuck with Hubby and me. Most every morning before we start our day we make the bed. However, there are times (not many) when hubby leaves before I get up and sometimes (not very often) I slip up and the bed isn't made. I've noticed on those days I feel out of kilter. What's the deal with that? No one sees my bed but me and Hubby. What difference does it make if my bed is made or not?

I found the answer in an article in November's Reader's Digest titled: Happy Habit: Make Your Bed! by Jackie Ashton. Check it out if you have the magazine. (I tried to find the article on their online site, but couldn't. It might be too new, since it isn't November as yet.) Ashton quotes Gretchen Rubin, author of The Happiness Project as stating that making the bed was the number one most impactful change that people made that inspired happiness.

Ashton also quoted Karen Miller author of Hand Wash Cold and Momma Zen as stating that "The state of your bed is the state of your head."

I've never heard that before. But if the habit of making your bed inspires happiness and if the state of your bed is the state of your head, THEN making the bed sounds like the thing to do.

Hmm, no wonder on days when I don't make the bed I feel off kilter. Sometimes the little things we ignore can make the difference.

But how can making your bed help your writing?

Happy writer who is organized equals plots that make sense and characters who ring true.

Okay, I don't have scientific proof, but it makes sense, doesn't it?

Why don't we give it a try? Let's make it a goal that EVERY morning we'll make our beds and then take note. Were you happier that day? Did you feel more organize? Did making your bed inspire you to do other things? Did making your bed help your writing?

Come on, join the challenge and let's see what happens. What do you think?



  1. My father was in the military and a big believer in establishing routine. I've had to make my bed every morning since I was probably eight. And it had to be done right, too! No sloppy bedspread hanging off the bed sideway.

    It's true, though, that routine like that does help to organize the day. If my bed is made and my dishes are cleared from the sink, I feel free to do everything else. And writing everyday has become routine too. Sometimes what I come away with wouldn't pass inspection, but at least I put in the effort every day. :)

    1. Routine does help to organize the day. I'm with you, if my bed is made and the dishes are done, I feel good about doing other things . . . like write. :)

  2. I get RD magazine and I read that article last night! I've always made my bed every morning. It takes less than a minute, which is definitely something everyone can manage! I'm a neat freak, so messiness always makes me feel off. I like things clean and organized!

    1. I like things clean and organized as well, though there are some days I'm lucky to get my bed made. But things definitely go better when I take the time to make the bed, do the dishes and generally spiff things up a little. Makes me happy just to see my bed made.

  3. Some days, the only thing that gets done around the house is making my bed. Then, when I run through my room to find something, I smile at the bed and think, "I did SOMETHING today." (Something that shows anyway.) I see the intelligence in the advice. Isn't it funny that there is documented proof to back up Mom's nagging. (maybe I should call and let her know...?):-)

    1. I understand! Some days making the bed is the only thing I feel I've accomplished. My mom was good at seeing that we made our beds and the habit pretty much stuck.



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