Thursday, June 26, 2014

Permission To NOT Make Your BED!!

 


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You are going to love me today!! I am giving you all permission to NOT make your bed today!

Seriously, I am!! I even have a good reason for you to NOT make your bed.

I know this  is contrary to everything we were taught as children. At least if you lived in my house the bed had to be made before any fun for the day was going to happen.

Everything I have  ever read on how to keep a tidy home has told me that one of the things to do is…. “Make your bed everyday!”

unmade bed chart

Not only is it on the chart, but is almost always #1!
So how in the world can I give you permission to not make your bed? Keep reading…..

 
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Author Cheryl Mendelson said the following:

"Each day when you arise, air the bed. Open the windows, if possible; throw the bedcovers back over the foot of the bed. (If the bedding will otherwise drag on the floor, stand a chair at the foot of the bed to support it.) Let the bed stand this way, unmade, while you shower and eat breakfast. The bed should air for at least an hour if you are going to work, or even longer if you are staying home. This helps immensely toward keeping the bed feeling and smelling fresh until you next change the sheets."

Now here is the why you are getting permission to not make your bed!

"While you are sleeping, you breathe about two pounds of moisture, along with breath odors and flocks of microorganisms, into the air, your pillow and your bedding. You also perspire, perhaps a cup's worth, and exude skin oils and body smells. And you use up the room's oxygen and replace it with exhaled carbon dioxide. When there are two or more people in the bed or the room, these effects are multiplied. All this explains why, if you sleep with closed windows, the room has a characteristic stale morning smell (although you might not perceive it until you leave for a few minutes and then return.) Unless you leave the bedcovers pulled down and the windows open for an hour or two, the moisture you have left in the bed either does not evaporate or evaporates very slowly, which makes for an environment in pillows and mattress in which dust mites, molds, and other microbial life have more of an opportunity to multiply. Opening the windows lets in new air to dilute the pollutants (microbial and particulate), carry them off, and bring in fresh supplies of oxygen."

Who knew?
I don't know about you, but after reading that, I am a believer in NOT making my bed everyday! 

Unmade beds really don’t look that bad, trust me, I do it almost everyday. Let me show you my unmade bed right after getting up, and then look at the after, still not totally made up, and it is airing out nicely and I even gave it a spritz of linen spray….

(Remember both images below show an unmade bed, the one on the right is how it looks while airing out and the one on the left is how it looks when we get up. The one on the right is neat and tidy, but still allows air to get to the bedding.)

Ribbet collage UNMADE BED BEFORE AFTER



See it is not so bad!

My bed all made up for the rest of the day!!

I like what  Erma Bombeck said……..

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Here is one more little quote that I will leave you with…

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Now go un-make your bed and let it air out!!!
 
 
 

5 comments:

Razmataz said...

You can either be a cook, housekeeper or a lover......I think May West said that...


In the UK, it is common to air the bed before making it.

Blondie's Journal said...

I loved this post Kathysue! I am a firm believer in making the bed everyday. My mother taught us that when we were young. But I never heard of airing it out and that's a great thing to do in the time it takes to get moving before we tidy up the bedroom. I find a bed much more inviting to get into when it's made up. My hubs would think I were ill if he came home and the bed wasn't made!! Ha!

Jane

Merlin said...

Yikes..who DOESN'T air out their bed??? Ack!! franki

eddieross.com said...

Hi Kathysue!
What a fun and informative post! I am a fan of a freshly made bed, ironed clean bed sheets make me happy!
E+J

La Vie Quotidienne said...

I do this everyday...I leave the bed to air out while I am walking, then I come home and make it up. This works well for me.