This is a Throw-Back Thursday post…one of my most-read posts ever with an update here or there. Enjoy it again!
I just got through making my bed like I do every morning. Do you make your bed? It seems that people are either okay with not making their bed every morning. Or they are totally not okay with an unmade bed.
Me? There was a time when I was completely on the “why bother?” side of making the bed. I mean, you are just going to get back in it at night, right? The only exception was when I was leaving town. I enjoy coming home to a clean house after being away for a weekend or a vacation. So I would definitely make my bed then.
However, I’ve found that without some type of routine to get myself up and going in the morning, keeps me from getting lazy! Without a routine, let me just say that I have my fair share of lazy days!
Why is this important?, you might ask. Here’s five reasons making my bed has become an important part of my day:
- It marks an official start to my day. Getting up and making the bed means I’m really going to get busy and accomplish something today. Otherwise, I end up feeling disorganized and unmotivated throughout the day.
- It helps motivate me to keep the rest of my room neat. It’s easy to throw things on the floor or drape them over a chair when the bed remains unmade. But once I make that bed, I want the rest of the room to look nice too.
- It develops discipline in the rest of my morning routine. Once my feet hit the floor and the bed is made, it’s much easier to move on with the rest of the morning: exercise, quiet time, chores, etc. Because, you know, once the bed’s made I can’t crawl back into it!
- It helps me realize how blessed I truly am, regardless of my circumstances. I am blessed to have a bed to sleep in when many people in the world do not. So that helps me look around at the other blessings in my life that I tend to take for granted.
- It feels so good to crawl into a nicely made bed every night. And helps me to rest better. There is nothing more healing and restorative than a good night’s sleep. So I’ll do most anything to make that happen.
Really, making the bed isn’t such a big deal, I suppose. Being productive and accomplishing what God sets out before me every day is a big deal. And that’s what we all want to do, right?
Proverbs tells us,
Lazy hands make for poverty, but diligent hands bring wealth. Proverbs 10:4
I don’t think the writer just means financial wealth. There is spiritual and emotional wealth to be found in being disciplined and working hard. So making my bed gets me started each day and helps me focus my mind on what God wants me to do that day. I can’t think of a better way to start my day!
What routines help you be more disciplined and accomplished?