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?