Organize your attitude #21
It seems like such a little thing.
But sometimes it is the little things that make a world of difference, especially when it comes to our attitudes.
Yes, making your bed can change your attitude. I’m living proof of it.
Sometimes, when we’re feeling like our whole life is a mess and our home is worse and we aren’t even sure where our recovery plan should begin, our temptation is to simply give up. Starting is overwhelming and there’s no clear path forward – only a lot to do that will need to be continually done again and again.
Even if you get caught up on the dishes, there will be dishes to do tomorrow. Even if you get caught up on the laundry, there will be more laundry to do tomorrow.
Even if you make your bed today, you will have to make it again tomorrow.
For most of my life, this thought is what prevented me from making my bed. Or, it was at least my excuse for not doing it.
Know what happened? I became a wife, a mother, a homemaker and I started using that same excuse for dishes and laundry. It wasn’t pretty.
I tried so many overhauls of my routines and systems and none of them seemed to stick. Turns out, I was missing the key ingredient: an acceptance of entropy and my relationship with it – that is, my attitude about my life and the way God made the world.
Put your stake in the sand: Make your bed.
If overhauls have never worked for you in the past or if you just can’t seem to get traction, I dare you to start with making your bed. It is inconsequential in the scheme of things, but it is a statement to yourself about yourself.
When you make your bed every day, you are becoming the sort of person who brings order out of chaos. You are practicing doing the right next thing, no matter who does or does not see it. Making your bed is saying, “I choose to care” with your actions.
On top of that, when you walk into your room throughout the day, it is a visual reminder of your new leaf, your new attitude, your chosen approach to life.
The dailiness of it adds up. It’s practice. It works.
More on the habit of making your bed:
- What making my bed taught me about goals.
- Focus on keystone habits.
- Why Make My Bed?
- I had a clean bedroom, and I hated it