If you spend any time on the internet you’ll probably see articles saying the following:
“Seven ways to make cleaning your home easier”
“Here are four things to do each morning to start your day off great!”
“Three ways to cook the perfect meal that everyone will eat!”
Sometimes it gets a bit ridiculous. We compare ourselves to those on the internet friends or strangers, whether we want to or not. We all have Pinterest boards showing off all these great things we want. Whether it’s cooking, cleaning, or something else. And we’re all looking for another life tip, trick, or “hack” that will make our life easier.
So I’m here today to make you feel just a little bit better. You can rest easy knowing that you are probably a better person than me for doing this one thing.
I’m about to share the one household chore I skip that shocks many others.
We don’t make the bed.
Sometimes if we are feeling really “fancy” we’ll pull up the sheets and lay them somewhat nicely on top. That’s it. And even that I think we’ve done maybe five times in the nearly two years we’ve been married. (see photo below this photo “shoot” counts as one of the five times!)
You see, it’s not that we’re lazy. We really aren’t.
But I just don’t buy into that whole, “If you don’t make the bed, your entire day will be a failure!” mentality.
Guess what? If I don’t make the bed, my bed won’t be made! That’s it! The entire world is not going to come crumbling down around me. My child will not act like a little monster because I did not put the bed “together” before he awoke. Nothing catastrophic is going to happen because I did not make the bed!
Maybe I’m in the minority, but making the bed right after we wake up does not in any way make me feel “better” or like I’m going to have some great day due to this small accomplishment. Heck, I wouldn’t even call it an accomplishment!
Hubs and I have two sets of covers. He has a blanket that he’s not willing to give up, and we both like to hog the blankets. Depending on who is stronger on that particular night, one of us is going to be cold. (Hotel rooms nights get interesting…) So we compromised and each have our own blanket. Sometimes we each have two. There’s no flat sheet on our bed, but trying to put four blankets down on just half the bed isn’t exactly going to give it a “made” look.
Is the above part of why I don’t make the bed?
Perhaps. But I didn’t do it when I was single either. Not growing up. (Oh, the horror!) Not in college. And not after. Why start now?
How about you? Do you make the bed? What household chore do you skip that society seems to view as a necessity? I’d love to hear it in the comments below!
This was a guest post by Heather (better known as HoJo). She blogs about her life DIY, parenting, recipes, and more over at HoJo’s Life Adventures. She also runs a teaching blog at HoJo’s Teaching Adventures. Stop by and say hi!
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