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Why I Make My Bed Every Day

An interesting habit that I picked up from childhood that I have continued is making my bed every day.  Although it may seem completely irrelevant to some, there are many positives and a few life lessons that come from this habit. 

Do you make your bed every day? 

Allow me to elaborate further and, perhaps, after reading this you might say, “hmm, I never thought of it like that,” and begin to make your bed every day too.

I prefer a clutter-free environment and an unmade bed has always left me feeling like something was unfinished.  It simply isn’t pleasing to my eye.  My mom encouraged me to make my bed and she always made her bed so I followed her example.

Research studies indicate that clutter decreases the ability to focus and, therefore, increases stress. Visualize a room in disarray that is full of clutter.  Now visualize a clean, well-organized room.  Which is more comforting to you?  A way to improve your stress level could begin with making your bed.

Another reason to make your bed every morning is that you will have accomplished your first task of the day.  It will give you a small sense of pride and by the end of the day, that one small task completed will have begun a chain of tasks completed.
The little things in life matter!  Do them and do them right.  If you can’t do the little things right, you’ll never be able to do the big things right.  When I see someone who takes pride in the little things, my trust and respect for that person increases. 
If by chance you have a miserable day, you have the comfort of coming home to a bed that is made.  Yes, you did accomplish something. 

A made bed also gives you the encouragement to rise up again tomorrow knowing it will be a better day.  As you rest your head on your pillow, find peace at the end of another day and know, with God’s grace, you can start refreshed and renewed the next day.

Is your home and work place full of clutter?  Be mindful of your environment.  Your surroundings have a huge impact on your outlook and performance. 

We tell our children to clean their rooms and put things where they belong. When traveling with children, we often encourage them to take a doll, a toy, a blanket or a pillow with them for comfort.  Often we give good advice to our children but fail to follow that advice for ourselves.
My TCOY challenge for you is to stop and look at your living and work area.  Is it inviting and positive or has it become a pile of clutter that weighs you down?
A great way to declutter would include purging - donate or have a garage sale.  If you haven’t used or worn something in over a year, now could be a good time to get rid of it and simplify and open up your living space.

Clutter is visual pollution. Having more “stuff” may actually be taking away from your well-being.  First you own “stuff” then it owns you.  Simplify. Eliminate the unnecessary so the necessary may speak.

Live the life you want.  Surround yourself with people and things that matter in a clutter-free environment.  Here’s to simplicity and a healthier environment.

Until next month…TCOY! 
Coach Lucy

ps - Want to rest without having to deal with making the bed? Consider lounging in a HAMMOCK.  
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Simplicity is the ultimate sophistication.

~ Leonardi deVinci

Don't get so busy making a living you forget to make a life.

~ Dolly Parton & Lucyism

The HAPPIEST people don't have the best of everything, they simply make the BEST of everything they have.

~ Truism 

When things aren't adding (+) up in your life, start subtracting (-).  

 ~ Anonymous 

There are only TWO days in a year that nothing can be done.  One is called yesterday and the other tomorrow. So today is the right day to love,  believe, do and mostly live.  

~ Dalai Lama

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Well done, good & faithful servant

~ Matthew 25-21

Do not grow weary of doing good

~ Galatians 6:9

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