One of the things that takes just a few minutes and can totally upgrade the enjoyment you take in your space is making the bed. I know mornings are harried and between hitting snooze and stumbling to the Keurig machine many of us can’t fathom actually making the bed in the morning. I am here to tell you that couple minutes of home-care is completely do-able and completely worth it, especially if you follow these simple steps.
- Cultivate a group of mix-and-match bedding options. My best sources for bedding are TJ Maxx, IKEA, and West Elm. I tend to stick with white/ivory and grey for my neutrals. From there I add in some pops of color either with throw pillows, colorful euro shams, or soft color sheets. For sheets I have a dark grey, classic white, and light blue. Everything goes together and I always surprise myself with new combinations.
- Change things up every 1-2 weeks. I like to get fresh sheets on the bed on Sundays when I do the rest of my cleaning. It makes me feel more ready to take on a new week, not to mention there are few things better than fresh sheets on the bed. I usually throw on one of my favorite records while I make the switch to make it more fun. Health-wise you shouldn’t go longer than about two weeks before washing, especially if you’re prone to break-outs. If you are, changing your pillowcases more frequently can really help. Plus, it’s a fun way to spruce up your bedroom and make it feel new again. Folding fitted sheets got you freaked? Try this simple tip.
- Hospital corners are your friend. I know not everyone likes a tight tuck on the end of the bed, but from a bed-making standpoint, it will make things much easier throughout the week. If you can master the simplicity of hospital corners, when you reset your bedding on Sunday, it should last most of the week with a few minor adjustments each morning. This will cut bed-making time down to under a minute. Truly. If the sheets are securely tucked in on the ends, all you have to do is a quick fluff of your duvet or comforter, line things up at top and fluff up your pillows. Good to go.
- Make stuffing your duvet cover easy-peasy. I don’t know about you, but stuffing my duvet cover used to make me crazy. Relax, my friends, there is an easier way. The trick is turning your duvet cover inside out, and pulling it down over the duvet on your bed. Once you get this down, the longest step will be fastening the row of buttons. You, too, can stuff your duvet cover like a pro! Although you can get away with keeping your duvet cover on for 3-4 weeks before it needs to be changed, if you’re a pet owner like me, you might do well to change it a bit more frequently. This little tip will take away some of the annoyance factor.
I’m a big believer that a clean and organized home is a happy home. Since my bed is right in the middle of my studio apartment, I find making my bed each morning makes me so much happier when I get home from work and is so inviting as I crawl in each night. Give it a try this week and see for yourself!