Ask Jennifer Adams: Do I Have to Make My Bed?
Dear Jennifer, I leave for work before my husband who never makes the bed. He swears this is healthier as the sheets are able to breathe. I can see his point but I also love coming home to a organized bedroom. Is making your bed everyday essential for peace of mind or bad for your health? Sincerely, Confused Dear Confused, There are basically two schools of thought when it comes to making your bed every day; those who believe it's a necessary touchstone for an orderly life and those that believe it's unsanitary. Personally, I think it's a relatively simple task that signifies the start of a productive morning, not to mention the feeling of peace and calm one gets upon returning home from a long day. For people lucky enough to work from home, making your bed in the morning means you’re telling yourself that you won’t be getting back into it for the rest of the day, which is a helpful boundary to set. However, if you have to leave the house early in the morning, you may not have the energy or desire for tackling the bed and if you are suffering from allergies or asthma, science agrees with you. Make your bed first thing in the morning and you may be trapping skin cells, sweat, mites and their droppings beneath your sheets– all which can cause the very asthma and allergies you're suffering from. Studies show that if the bed is left unmade, all of those unsightly suckers will be exposed to fresh air and light. By the time you get home from work the dust mites will have died from dehydration or carried away in the air circulation. Of course, for some of us, having a messy bed just isn't a viable option. Use this technique to allow for proper air circulation while still looking tidy. Remove the pillows and turn the blankets and top sheets back. Pull the bottom sheet taut and retuck it. Pull the top sheet and blankets up to the top and smooth them. Then fold them back on themselves halfway or two-thirds of the way down the bed. Give pillows a quick smack before returning them to the top of the bed. Mitigate the impact of allergies by washing your sheets frequently. Use a damp rag to remove dust and encase your mattress and pillows in dust-proof or allergen impermeable covers. Good luck! Warmly, Jennifer