Do YOU Make Your Bed?

Thursday, March 04, 2010

Did anyone else read "On Top of the Happiness Racket," the article in Sunday's New York Times profiling Gretchen Rubin, author of The Happiness Project: Or, Why I Spent a Year Trying to Sing in the Morning, Clean My Closets, Fight Right, Read Aristotle, and Generally Have More Fun? I was surprised when I read this tidbit:
Amid the salt spray of erudition, most of her insights turn out to be of the palm-smacking-forehead order. “The No. 1 resolution I keep getting feedback on,” she said, “is ‘Make your bed.’ ” Manageable, she said. First order of the day, getting your life together.
“This is about ordinary happiness,” she added. “I wanted to change my life without making major changes. I wanted to show that you don’t have to do something radical.”
Do people NOT make their beds everyday? Grown-ups? I can't imagine not making my bed. Even on the busiest, most hectic days, I take the approximately two minutes to make my bed and fluff the pillows. Maybe this is why I'm a pretty happy person? What about you, do you make your bed every day?


linda said...

i've got to agree-- the days i do make my bed it's like i'm more ready to start my day. can't say that it's a surefire way to have good day, but it is satisfying to walk out of a tidy bedroom. unmade bed, piles of clothes, they don't inspire me to get things done.

Patricia said...

HATE making the bed. In fact I don't do it. I like that during the day the sheets air out. Also it is healthier not to make your bed. Some show had a segment on this about some kind of microscopic bugs that die if exposed to light and air. Justified my NOT MAKING THE BED!

Laura Fenton said...

Hah! I love the justification to not make the bed--thanks. But I'm with Linda, I need a tidy space to feel motivated.

Gretchen said...

I very much appreciate those kind words and you shinning a spotlight on my work.

Thanks and best wishes,


Laura Fenton said...

Wow! Many thanks to Gretchen for taking the time to leave a comment!

BostonGirl said...

Maybe this explains a lot about my life! I will try to make my bed (edit: flip up the duvet) at least 3 times this week!

Denise Fasanello said...

Everyday! If my husband is out of bed first, never. Huge difference between us. But then marriage is filled with compromises, yes??

jen jafarzadeh said...

growing up, this was a huge mantra of my dad's. He firmly believed messy bed, messy mind. It was annoying as a teenager but now I don't mind the two-minute ritual and it's nice to have a made bed to start my day.

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