31 Days of Creative Homemaking :: Day 20--Making the Bed

I recently read two very good posts on reasons why it is okay to not make your bed.  The Nester and Donald Miller give some interesting perspective on this topic.  I tend to always want to make the bed so these posts challenged me on letting go a bit.

But to look at the opposite side as a person who does make their bed almost every day, the reason I feel compelled to always make my bed is because, to me, an unmade bed in my home feels chaotic.  

I have been reading the book Keeping House, and the author touches on this subject of making a bed:
There is something in the human soul that longs for beauty beyond necessity.  Of course it is easier not to make the bed.  But there is a substantive difference between turning down a neatly made bed in the evening and lying down in a mess of sheets left from the night before.
Beauty beyond necessity is deep within my soul.  Some days there is time to make the bed.  Other days there are more important things to focus on.

For me, I want to simplify my life enough in a way that I have the time and discipline to make my bed for the sake of beauty beyond necessity.  It might not be a realistic expectation for every single day of my life but it is definitely a way of living I would like to strive for.

Are you a made bed kind of person or a do not make the bed type of person?

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  1. I love to make my bed! I feel like it makes my bedroom feel clean. Even if there ate clothes to be put away or shirts to be ironed, if the beds made I don't feel overwhelmed :-)

  2. I make my bed. It's such a little thing, but I think it makes everything look less cluttered.

  3. I think it is a great way to start off your day! I always try to make mine and think it makes the whole room look better.

  4. I am like you- I must make the bed everyday... well, actually, my husband now does the majority of our bed making while I am starting breakfast. It does make me feel like our house is that much more put together.

  5. I'm going to be the odd-ball here and admit I never make my bed. The only time it ever gets made is when the sheets get washed. I don't even make the beds when we have company over b/c all the bedrooms are upstairs. No one goes up there anyway! :o)

  6. Before we had kids, I made our bed every single day. However, now that I am scrambling to get four people out the door by 7:30 a.m., I never make our bed. If I was home all day and had to look at it, it would have to be made. Now that our house is on the market and we have people in and out all week, I have been making it more. I stopped snoozing in the morning so I have extra time! HA HA!

  7. I am both. Sometimes I leave it undone and others, if I have the time, I make it, because like you say, it brings me harmony. I feel a made bed turns the whole bedroom into a tidy state, don't you think? Great post.

  8. I NEVER make my bed. I can't enjoy a nap or even going to bed at night if the sheets, pillows & blankets are perfect. I think I have reverse OCD. :)


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