Freshly baked cookies. Crisp fall leaves. A letter from an old friend. These things are simple and sure to put a smile on your face. One more we’d add to the list? A well-made bed. It’s a quick, easy solution guaranteed to start your day off on the right foot. We connected with editor Michelle Slatalla and contributor Jackie Ashton from Remodelista, an online sourcebook featuring a curated selection of furnishings and accessories for the home. We asked them to share tips for styling a bed.
“I believe making the bed is the source of all happiness and serenity in life. If you have an unmade bed, you can’t be at peace,” Michelle said. “The bed should be easy to make; it should take 30 seconds max in the morning because you own the bed, the bed doesn’t own you. My three tips for making a bed are: 1) get the right pillows to make your bed look welcoming, 2) buy the right size comforter so it fills the duvet cover properly, and 3) ditch the top sheet—you don’t need a sheet and a duvet.”
Jackie read Charles Duhigg’s book, The Power of Habit, when she became a bed-making convert. “I never used to make my bed until I read [in the book] that bed-making was associated with productivity and better skills at sticking to a budget. I was intrigued, so I gave it a try and found that it worked really well for me. On the days that I made my bed, I felt better—more productive, more inspired and better able to tackle the day ahead. Gretchen Rubin, who wrote The Happiness Project, also explained that bed making was one of the little habits that she found most significantly changed people’s daily outlook. Imagine that—just three minutes to change your life! It turns out that studies have shown that making your bed is a keystone habit: a daily ritual that inspires other meaningful, positive change. Tidying the covers creates a domino effect—a motivation boost to check off other tasks (exercise, laundry, saying ‘no’ to the third margarita) that will boost overall happiness and health.”
What tips do you have for styling your perfect nighttime haven?
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