Why You Need to Make Your Bed {Domino Habits}

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Years ago I had a lot trouble keeping my house clean. I mean, A LOT of trouble. I loved my house, loved to decorate, and I really wanted a clean house. I could visualize it in my mind. I knew I would be happier and more productive if I could figure out how to keep up with the house. But I just couldn’t figure out HOW. I was overwhelmed by ALL THE THINGS.

Finally, I learned that the secret wasn’t in figuring out how to do everything, it was figuring out how to do the one thing that would inspire me to do the next thing. Forward motion. Once I figured out the domino principle and how to set the dominoes in motion, everything started falling into place.

As I share in my book, my new habits at home all started with making my bed. Every. Single. Morning. If I didn’t make it in the morning for some reason, I made it in the afternoon. If I didn’t make it by bedtime, I actually made my bed before I would let myself go to bed.

Yes, that meant I made the bed and then had to pull the covers down right away and crawl into it. But the “illogical” part of bed making didn’t matter to me because bed making became a non-negotiable for me. It was my reminder that one step leads to another and one skipped step meant the potential of one whole day of mis-steps. Start out the day right and all the right dominoes will fall.

My friend, fellow author and writer at (in)courage Jennifer Dukes Lee had a little lightbulb moment after reading the book. She decided to try out the bed making ritual at her house this week!

I love what she says about how she felt after making her bed (and the other home-loving dominoes that fell one by one around her):

“I felt like a grown-up — a happy, legit grown-up with a made bed, a clean sink, one decluttered cupboard, and a pig on the counter. I felt like a woman who had miraculously pulled herself up from the energy-sucking Bermuda Triangle of Household Chaos.”

via Jennifer Dukes Lee, read the rest of her story at Want to Change the World? Start by Making Your Bed.

Do you utilize the power of daily domino habits at your house?

2015 Readers’ Favorite Decorating Blog {Better Homes & Gardens}

The Inspired Room Kitchen Remodel

There was a little bit of awesome news a couple of weeks ago that I haven’t yet shared! But, it is really is SO exciting it cannot wait another day! Thank you so much for voting my little ol’ blog The Inspired Room as the Readers’ Favorite Decorating Blog TWO YEARS IN A ROW at Better Homes & Gardens! SAY WHAT? 2014 AND 2015? I’m honored. Humbled. Grateful. I cannot believe it!

Honestly, (and I’m not even being fake humble when I say this, ha!) but I seriously thought it might be a fluke the first year. Ha! But then AGAIN this year? You guys. If I could invite you all over right now for a big hug to thank you, I would. Then we could sit around in my kitchen drinking coffee out of giant mugs (while Jack tries to entertain us) so we could chat about all the things we love to talk about here everyday, except it would be way better than everyday because you’d really be HERE instead of me being here talking to myself just hoping you are still out there, sipping coffee and nodding your head along with me.

Friendship is born at that moment when one person says to another: “What! You too? I thought I was the only one.” — C.S. Lewis

So, I just wanted to thank you, friends, from the bottom of my heart, for making this blog a joy for me to be a part of every day, for your amazing support of my book release, and for the great honor of the Better Homes & Gardens Readers’ Favorite Decorating Blog award for the past two years. I <3 You.

And yes, that is my kitchen via Better Homes & Gardens! :)

You can find the announcement and all the other winners here! (I promise I won’t get a big head, despite how it may look by the way my photo is sized on the page, haha!)

The Inspired Room - Better Homes and Gardens Readers Favorite Decorating Blog

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