Hey Collectors!

Many people feel making the bed is a chore not worth doing as you just get back in the bed later in the day. There even are those that claim that an unmade bed will prevent dust mites even though experts disagree. However, one of the easiest things to do to make a bedroom feel less cluttered is to make the bed. I personally love making my bed everyday because I love the way it feels when I walk in the room and see my bed made.

Just like any task, the more you practice making your bed, the faster you will get. Now, I have had a lot of practice, making my bed since a teenager. When I was in the group home, you couldn’t go out or go to school if your bed wasn’t made. It was mandatory, for which I am very grateful for now.

I’ve worked with many people who have so much clutter on their bed, that they are sharing their bed with stuff or they are sleeping elsewhere because their bed no longer has space in it for them. If this is your situation, I suggest practicing clearing your bed off before you master the art of making your bed everyday. Take baby steps with the intentions to have a clear comfortable place to sleep. Make it a rule that no clutter can be on top of the bed.

What is the best way to make your bed? That depends on what type of bed you have and how you like to sleep. Everyone likes their bed different. I personally don’t use a top sheet – I can’t stand the way they tangle up around my legs in the night.

I have a pillow that I love to sleep with, but then I have decorative pillows too. Everybody has a different bed making style. I have seen elaborate processes and, like my own personal style, I have seen easy processes. Whatever your process is, making your bed will always make your room look and feel better.

You can make your bed military style as shown in the video below by the California Army National Guard. This method uses a flat sheet on the bottom instead of the typical fitted sheet. Collectors, please note, you’ll need access to at least three sides of your bed.

If you sleep with a duvet, there are a couple of different ways to make your bed. The easiest way is to spread the duvet over the fitted sheet and smooth it down. Bedding experts suggest that using a duvet cover helps keep the duvet cleaner longer. For those who feel that putting on a duvet cover is a challenge, Real Simple has an awesome video on how to easily put on a duvet cover:

Regardless of how you make your bed, cleaning your bed and bedding regularly will improve your sleep. Here is a suggested laundering schedule:

  • Sheets, pillow cases/shams, duvet cover: Weekly

  • Mattress cover, Pillow protectors: Monthly

  • Duvets, Comforters: 1-2 times per year unless soiled. Weekly if used without duvet cover or sheets.

  • Blankets: Weekly if used without sheets. Monthly if used with sheets.

  • Bed skirts, Canopies: Seasonally but more often if prone to allergies.

  • Pillows: 3-4 times per year if washable or as per manufacturer’s directions.

Consider using washable, dust-proof allergen covers on pillows and mattresses to reduce dust, dust mites, and other allergens. The Spruce has a great article on how to clean a mattress but you should always check with the manufacturer as some mattresses may require special care. The tips they suggest are below:

  1. Cover the mattress, to protect it and extend time between cleanings. Consider purchasing a mattress cover to protect the surface of your mattress. Choose a washable cover that is easy to remove and replace on your mattress. Some covers are even designed to reduce dust mite allergies and reduce the need to vacuum your mattress.
  2. Wash the bedding including sheets, pillowcases, and comforters or comforter covers weekly. Clean bedding will protect the mattress cover which in turn protects the mattress from becoming soiled.  Remove and wash the mattress cover whenever there are any spills or at least monthly. This is the time when you will want to inspect the mattress for any stains and treat them.
  3. It’s a good idea to also vacuum the mattress at least once a month. Dust, dander, and dust mites build up in your mattress. Even those of us without allergies can begin to notice dust and dirt in our mattress. Vacuum your mattress using the upholstery attachment on your vacuum cleaner. If someone does have allergies in your home, you may need to vacuum more frequently and/or make purchasing a mattress cover a necessity.

Take some time to schedule in clearing your bed, washing your sheets and blankets, and making your bed. Remember it takes up to 90 days or more of doing something consistent daily to create a habit.

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Do you need help clearing or making your bed? Collector Care professional Organizers specialize in helping you create a home you love. We offer professional organizing services, hauling, cleaning and we love to make beds! Do you have a lot of clutter? Great! We love helping people who are overwhelmed with their stuff. We offer non judgemental hands on support to those who are disorganized or have hoarding tendencies or hoarding disorder. Call now! 925-548-7750

 

Dust mites and bed making: https://www.sciencealert.com/making-your-bed-each-morning-makes-it-easier-for-dust-mites-to-breed-science-finds

How to make a bed military style https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tRByQfYkV1A

How to put on a duvet easily https://www.realsimple.com/home-organizing/decorating/decorating-bedroom/how-to-put-on-a-duvet-cover

How to properly clean a mattress https://www.thespruce.com/how-to-clean-a-mattress-1900310

Experts suggest allergen covers: https://www.aarp.org/health/healthy-living/info-2017/making-your-bed-dust-mites-fd.html

Best way to wash sheets: https://www.realsimple.com/home-organizing/cleaning/laundry/wash-your-sheets

How often to wash bed linens: https://www.thespruce.com/how-often-to-wash-bedding-1900210