A Whimsy Life

One of the things I love most about hotels is that they make the bed for you. You get to climb into a bed with the sheets all tucked in.

I used to make my bed every morning until I stopped.

There are a number of reasons why I stopped but the biggest one is that Mr Whimsy would usually get out of bed after me so the routine of getting out of bed and making the bed just didn’t work for me.

Over the years I have read that most successful or motivated people recommend making the bed in the morning.

The most memorable was a commencement speech at the University of Texas where the U.S. Navy Adm. William H. McCraven told graduates:

‘If you want to change the world, start off by making your bed. If you make your bed every morning, you will have accomplished the first task of the day. It will give you a small sense of pride, and it encourages you to do another task, and another, and another. And by the end of the day that one task completed will have turned into many tasks completed. Making your bed will also reinforce the fact that the little things in life matter. If you can’t do the little things right, you’ll never be able to do the big things right. And if by chance you have a miserable day, you will come home to a bed that is made – that you made, and a made bed gives you encouragement that tomorrow will be better.”

So this month I’ve been making my bed every morning and it has made a difference. I have felt a sense of accomplishment in building this habit and I have felt a sense of calm when I’ve seen the bed made and looking tidy. If nothing else I definitely enjoyed climbing into a made bed each night.

*These photos are not of my bed… they have too many pillows!