I am so fascinated in these breakdowns of socks or no socks and house temperature. I have two more questions that have come out of the comment sections of those posts, and I’ll break them down into two separate posts. So the first question is whether or not you make your bed.
We do not make our bed. Pretty much ever. Maybe if I’m doing the laundry early in the day and new sheets are going on the bed before 10 am. But if I put on clean sheets in the afternoon or evening? Never. Our bed is always unmade.
The twins’ beds are always unmade. Their rooms are neat. Their rooms are clean. Their rooms are vacuumed and dusted and organized. But their beds are always unmade.
I was never a big bed-maker, and I don’t remember my parents enforcing a bed rule. I feel a little guilty when I think about this because my mum probably came up to my room after I left for school and made my bed. (I’m sorry!) But once I left for college, I made the conscious choice not to make my bed. I wanted to always feel like it was waiting for me, beckoning me to climb under the blankets for a few minutes if I got a chance in the middle of the day.
And I do. If I’m working out a difficult plotline in my head, trying to come up with a character’s motivations, I climb into bed and set a timer for 5 minutes. I do my best thinking in that bed. Don’t you always have 3000 thoughts as you’re trying to fall asleep? Well, I find that if I get back in bed in the middle of the day, I get those same 3000 flooding my mind. So I leave the bed unmade. Because there is only so much time in the day, and I’m not going to spend my minutes making the bed a half dozen times.
Plus while I know some people love that moment of peeling back the blanket and climbing into bed, I have no strong feelings about that moment. I don’t look at a made bed and think about how delicious it will feel atop smooth sheets. I just like my sheets clean. Once clean sheets are on the bed, the blanket can be a crumpled up mess.
We are also an anti bedroll or decorative pillow house. Everything that goes on the bed gets used: pillows, blankets, and stuffed animals. And that’s it.
So now you know how messy I am when it comes to my bed.
So do you make your bed every morning? Or do you leave it unmade?