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To Make Your Bed or Not to Make Your Bed

A cozy bed feels very hygge to me. My own bed is tucked up under the eaves of my loft, with a string of copper-wire LED lights strung over it and a set of warm flannel sheets. There’s even a dream catcher hanging in the window over my head.

When you live alone, it’s very easy to skip the whole “making the bed” thing. After all, I’m the only one who sees it, so if it doesn’t bother me to see a messy bed, why bother?

There are valid arguments in both directions over whether making your bed is the right thing to do or not.

You Should Always Make Your Bed

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Beyond the whole, “it looks nice,” argument, there is one solid reason I’ve heard in the past few years for making your bed: it starts your day off with an accomplishment.

Check out what this Navy Seal Admiral had to say about it:

If you think about it, it’s a great argument. Starting your day off first thing by checking something off your to do list is a great way to motivate yourself to do more.

And I know I’ve discounted the tidiness factor in making your bed, but if you think about it, making one area of your home tidy every day will help you get in the habit of keeping other areas tidy. And a tidy home feels cozier and more hygge than one that’s always a mess.

Don’t Bother Making Your Bed

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There are arguments against making your bed, as well. One key argument was put forth in 2005 by the BBC, and it has to do with dust mites. Leaving your bed unmade lets it thoroughly dry out during the day (which is really only a thing that needs to happen if you’ve had night sweats), which makes dust mites eventually dehydrate and die.

But—and this is a big but—dust mites aren’t really an issue unless you have a specific dust mite allergy or a respiratory issue like asthma. If not, dust mites don’t really pose any health risk to you.

And leaving your bed entirely unmade isn’t necessary to remove moisture. Instead, you can make your bed, but then pull the blankets and top sheet back halfway down your bed to let the top portion air out during the day while still looking neat and tidy.

So Should You Make Your Bed or Not?

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Honestly, it doesn’t really matter. There can be something deliciously cozy about a bed that isn’t fully made. Then again, crawling into a well-made bed can feel like a treat at the end of the day.

If you’re not someone who’s ever bothered to make your bed, then I suggest you try it for a month. See if you like it more than an unmade bed.

And the reverse is also true: if you’re a habitual bed-maker, try taking a month off from making the bed every day. See if you prefer it.

Hygge isn’t about creating a certain aesthetic, it’s about creating a feeling of coziness. If making your bed or not making your bed makes you feel cozier, then that’s the answer for you!