The joy of bed making

Making the bed shortly after getting up to greet the day is something I enjoy doing.

It centers me, grounds me and gives me a sense of achievement.

Even before I left my house to check off the day’s to-do list, I flicked the sheets and watched them wrap around the mattress, the place that supports my body at night while it rests and gets away from the hustle and bustle charges world.

While discussing home automation with friends, it seems like bed making is an issue where we share the sheets: some don’t enjoy the task or find it necessary to put the bed on that daily to-do list to make while others make the bed daily duty and drudgery. A third camp delights and indulges while making the beds.

Put me in the joy category.

Perhaps my joy in this job goes back to my childhood and my mother’s view of making beds.

Mom stayed home with her children to take care of us and our home.

It was sophisticated, clean, and our home was well maintained and well equipped.

Apparently she made the beds in our house every day, and I started helping her with these and other household chores.

My mother’s point of view was that a bed made every day promotes a neat and aesthetically pleasing bedroom. She also believed that a well-made bed invited, strengthened, and enabled sleep when it was time for Mr. Sandman to visit us each evening.

I fondly remember standing on the other side of the bed and helping her by pulling my corner of the fitted sheet off the bed and shaking it vigorously before reattaching it to the corner of the mattress. The fitted sheet, regardless of the color or design, is the basis of the blank canvas, also known as the mattress.

Yes, for my mother making beds was an art, an extension and an expression of love for her family. She wanted to give us the best place and conditions to live during the day and sleep every night.

The fitted sheet moved up and down like mountain tops as we shook our arms. The sight, accompanied by the cracking sound, was pleasant. We often laughed excitedly and talked while we both enjoyed this bed-making step.

Once the fitted sheet was reattached to the bed, we lifted the flat sheet high in the air and watched it fall gently and gracefully onto the fitted sheet. Next, the underside of the mattress was raised and the underside of the flat sheet was folded between the box spring beds and the mattress

What my husband and I now call the “Sue and Pauline Step” followed as our two mothers took the hospital corner step to create a uniform look where the end and side of the mattress crossed.

When it was winter, a heated or heated blanket was usually the next layer, which creates and intensifies the feeling of warmth and security when we pull the blanket over our bodies at night.

Next was the quilt made by Grandmother and several women I knew in our ward. Each stitch in this sewing circle was an act of love and pleasure that literally brought comfort to others with their craftsmanship.

The quilts were and are my favorite layer because of my love for color combinations and bright patterns. I suspect they are my favorites because I’ve always admired the art of quilting but never quite mastered it.

But I digress, that’s a completely different topic.

My mother and I stood at the foot of the bed when it was properly dressed. She always nodded her head gently with a smile on her face when her arms were put in her arms or crossed.

“That’s enough,” she said proudly in her voice.

It was the layering, the warmth, the security and the anticipation of the joy of her family when she snuggled under the neat blanket every night that made her feel complete.

As an adult, I want my family to feel the same warmth, expansion, and expression of my love. Your security, serenity and the joy of restful sleep inspire me.

But it seems that in recent years it has become more complicated and challenging to sleep well than ever before.

The digital age disrupts our circadian cycle with 24/7 access to screens displaying a steady stream of information vying for our time of rest and rejuvenation.

Over the years I’ve read stories about sleep hygiene. You know, don’t work on a laptop in bed or pay bills in bed.

According to the articles on Improving Your Sleep Cycle, the bedroom should be the retreat from the drudgery and duties of the day, and we should disconnect from our devices about 30 to 90 minutes before bed.

The internet wasn’t part of our daily life when I started helping my mother make the bed. She died early in my adult life, and besides having happy memories of her, bed making has a calming and deliberate effect on me.

It helps me smooth out my mental wrinkles and worries and offers a fresh start to the day. I’ve done something right and good and when I come back to it hours later it’s neat and inviting instead of unmade with bumps, lumps and lumps.

For me at least, laying in an unmade bed is like bathing in dirty water.

My body and my psyche know the difference between spreading the blanket out and making the bed completely.

Many say that sleep has a huge PR problem in our society … many of us consider sleep a luxury rather than a necessity.

However, sleep is almost as important as breathing. Our brain, body, and immune system benefit greatly from a good night’s sleep.

A made bed is an optimal visual cue that prepares our mind and body for the rest it needs.

So don’t spit out the sheets. Instead, get a cohesive, cohesive, and well-thought-out plan like you did in the early days of this New Year.

Make your bed neat and tidy every day so you can sleep well at night.

Sweet Dreams.


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