When you live in a 400-square-foot apartment, the bed occupies a serious amount of square footage, and an unmade bed can make everything feel like a disaster. I can't deal with it, but I also tend to be rather messy, so I needed a trick to make sure the bed gets made every single day. I make it before I even get out of bed.
There's a good chance you're going to laugh, or question my I.Q., but I've been doing this for years. While I'm still warm and cozy in bed, I grab the top edge of the comforter and top sheet and shake and fluff them out until they're straightened. This is also very, very fun, like being in one of those parachutes we had in preschool. When the bedding is perfectly arranged with the top hem of the sheet folded neatly over the comforter, I slide out the top. Then I fluff up the pillows, and voilá! Perfectly made bed in seconds, with most of those seconds being spent in bed. My system is a bit tougher when there are more blankets involved, but it still works, as I found when I lived in colder climates.
Do you have any bed-making secrets, and more importantly, do you have any secret housekeeping methods that nobody else knows about? I'm pretty sure that no one has ever seen me use this particular maneuver, so you guys are the first to know. But it works!
Further Motivation to Make Your Bed:
• Make Your Bed! For Productivity, Profit, and Peace
(Image: Bedroom from Dan'l's Caretaker's Apartment - Small Cool 2012)