Last week, I shared my experience being a PTSAHM. While I go to work twice a week, I am at home with the quads most days. Because they are still very young, it is difficult to take them on outings, especially solo. Consequently, we are at home almost every day. And because they are busy toddlers who no longer sleep the day away, I find myself challenged to tackle my never ending to-do list. I am a task master. I thrive on checklists and getting things done. But I’m learning that everything can’t always be done.
Some Many things will just go undone and I must learn to accept that. Instead, I settle to triage what’s really important.
However, during my winter break, I often felt defeated upon noticing that I hadn’t accomplished much of what I set out to do. I’d wonder how on earth I spent my time if I hadn’t done anything. Well, it was spent raising quadruplets. Yet, I still felt frustrated; I didn’t feel accomplished.
At our last staff meeting, I recall my boss sharing that he makes his bed every single day no matter what. He does this because he knows regardless of what transpires in the day he did at least one thing. At some point in our marriage, George and I always made our bed, but in time we stopped the habit. I read an article stating that an unmade bed prevents dust mites or something, which is good for reducing allergens. That helped me rationalize why I didn’t make my bed. But, I didn’t feel good about the state of our room. It always appeared disheveled and dirty. At some point during winter break, I started making the bed every morning. And, you know what? A made bed feels fabulous! We may not spend the day admiring it, but each time I pass through my room I see how tidy it appears (ignoring the enormous dust bunnies and mountain of unfolded laundry). When it’s time to turn in for the night, a made bed is actually inviting. It’s as if hotel maids flitted in and straightened it up. It hasn’t taken me long to realize that it’s a worthwhile two-minute investment because I did one thing on my list.
Do you make your bed? Is it worth the two minute investment?