I’m generally a pretty messy person, but recently I’ve been trying to make an effort to get my life together by staying neat and organized. I’ve heard making your bed every day is not only tidy, but can also improve your mental well-being, so I decided to give it a try.


The first day I made my bed was a bit of a challenge, but I was excited to get started. I gathered up my supplies—lumber, hammer, nails, and a saw—and got to work. There was obviously a bit of a learning curve, but the end product did vaguely resemble a bed. Though I was exhausted, I was proud of my handiwork.


For day two of making my bed, I decided to up my game by consulting a professional at Home Depot. He gave me some great tips, and sold me a $300 power saw, which he said was absolutely essential. Weirdly, it took me even longer to construct my bed, because I was absolutely terrified of sawing off my fingers. I also felt kind of bad throwing away Monday’s bed, but I was committed to sticking with my plan.


By Wednesday, I was starting to get into the swing of things. Sure, my endeavor was becoming incredibly expensive, but that article in Oprah Magazine was right—making my bed every morning really helped relieve my stress and calm my mind, even though it did take up about 8 to 12 hours of my day.


Four days in, and I was starting to get a little tired. Not only were my muscles sore from all that hammering, but the beds I was making were not doing great things for my spine. I was also beginning to feel guilty for tossing all of that perfectly good lumber in the dumpster every day.


My friends were starting to get worried, wondering why I hadn’t gone to work or showed up to social events all week. Plus, my downstairs neighbors were furious about all the noise. If that wasn’t bad enough, the sawdust in my room was causing me respiratory problems. I was starting to realize this might be more trouble than it’s worth.

With all due respect to the people who make their beds every morning, I just don’t think I’ll ever be okay with consistently throwing away all that lumber every day. Maybe I’l just give the KonMari method a try instead.

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