Show of hands, do you make your bed? Well, that’s pretty silly because I can’t see you! What if I told you that making your bed can make you organized and more productive? Do I have your attention?
In a Commencement speech given by U.S. Navy Adm. William McCrave at the University of Texas, he told the graduates, “ if you want to change the world, start off by making your bed.”
This made me think of the correlation between making your bed and living organized. To live organized is to find order in your life. One of the most basic places to find order is in the start to your day. This one act leads to other good habits. Making the bed changes the entire feel of the room. Who knows, today you make your bed and next you’re putting away the laundry sitting at the foot of the bed. This is really one of those areas that very few people will see. You see it, your mind sees it and this is where the mind shift happens. After all, making your bed is the first step to decluttering. Clutter is that nagging reminder of what we didn’t do and really ought to do. Decluttering lowers your stress. This is what makes a bedroom with a made bed very comforting at the end of a long day.
I believe we all have the power to change. Maybe, you’ve never given much thought to this before now. When we know more we can do better. Sometimes. we need to be brought to awareness. It also helps to have encouragement and accountability. I would like to invite you to join the 30 Make My Bed Challenge.
Before you begin the challenge, I would ask you to make your bed for practice. If you don’t know how to make your bed, there are youtube videos you can watch. My thought on this is to keep it simple.
30 Day Make My Bed Challenge:
1. Take a before the bed is made picture ( only need 1)
2. Time yourself( 1st time only so you know how long it will actually take you) It is usually not more than a minute!
3. For the next 30 days, make your bed 1st thing-if there is still someone in it, you have a couple of options: Make your half, invite the other person into the challenge with you, make it as soon as the bed is free-this could be later as in when you get home)
4. Take a picture of the made bed (only need 1)
5. Take note of what this feels like to walk into your bedroom seeing the bed made.
6. At the end of the 30 days, Post your results at www.facebook.com/darlene.illig
Clear the clutter, clear your mind.