A Freshly Made Bed

September has arrived and with it comes a brand new Doodlewash Adventure! This month we’re exploring all of the simple pleasures in life that people rank highest on their happiness meters for eliciting the most smiles. First up, we have a freshly made bed, which usually means crisp clean sheets that you can snuggle into while enjoying the fresh smell of whatever detergent you use. At my house, this perfect event is shortly followed up by a little basenji remaking the bed into whatever form makes him the most comfortable. Usually, this involves lots of fiddling with covers and dismantling every crisp crease until it looks like a bed that needs to be made again. He then snuggles in and just stares at you with a look that says, “Yeah, you did it wrong. This is the correct way. You’re welcome.” He seems so perfectly comfortable and content, that for just a moment, I wonder if perhaps he might be right. Maybe a mess of sheets and covers and a little tent you can burrow under would indeed be a bit more fun. 

I have to admit though, in our house, we’re not very good when it comes to making the bed each and every day. A friend of mine insists on making the bed daily, claiming that an unmade bed looks like a “sick bed.” One that you apparently just stumbled out of for a moment before planning to return for the entire day in hopes that your fever will go down. I totally get it, and appreciate the look of a perfectly made bed, but in the end, it still fails to happen regularly. I’m much more like Phineas than I realize. Jumping into bed and grabbing covers, wherever they landed last, and just raking them up over me in a careless fashion that simply feels good in that moment. Even as the clean sheets are placed on the bed each week, my bed-making skills leave much to be desired. The end result looks less like a 5-star hotel and more like a Motel 6 that was short on staff that day. For me, I just appreciate the clean sheets, and I’ll happily leave the surgical folds to those more qualified.

I’m not sure why, but domesticity is not something that I have in spades, and days can go by with clutter building up around me. I’ve known this issue forever, so I’ve always budgeted a bi-weekly house keeper into every place I’ve ever owned. This forces me to clear the clutter in anticipation of her arrival and provides a house that’s generally clean most of the time. I shudder to think what it would be like if I’d gotten the more expensive houses and opted out of this wonderful service. I imagine I’d be featured on the next episode of Hoarders, buried under an accumulation of things that I failed to remember were there, only with less cats. But there’s always a happy medium to be found. I don’t really want to live in a place that feels unlived in.  I think it’s perfectly okay to have a bit of clutter here and there, as long as it doesn’t build up into a crazy mountain of senility. And in the evening, I’ll sleep on sheets that are clean but never ironed, spread across a mattress in a happily carefree way. Each person has their own path to happiness, and indeed, their own perfectly wonderful vision of what constitutes a freshly made bed.

Join Us For The September Art Challenge & Paint The Simple Pleasures In Life
Click Here To Learn More!

About the Doodlewash

Da Vinci Paint Co.: Yellow Ochre, Terra Cotta, Burnt Sienna, and Ultramarine Blue.  Lamy Al-Star Safari Fountain Pen with sepia ink in an A5 Hahnemühle Watercolour Book.
 #WorldWatercolorGroup - Day 1 - A Freshly Made Bed - Basenji - Doodlewash

Recommended8 recommendationsPublished in By Charlie

38 thoughts on “A Freshly Made Bed

  1. This brought back memories when I was a kid. My mom hung the sheets out on the line to dry and then probably ironed them, too. That aroma of the fresh air and crisp sheets was wonderful. Now it is washer, dryer and back on the bed which does not give that same crisp fresh air experience.
    That is a very cute little dog, love that expression in his eye.

  2. This is my favorite of all the essays of yours that I have read! It is charming and funny and true to my life too. Right down to cleaning for the house keeper. And really, who has time to make the bed every day? Not I !

  3. Love you painting of your sweet dog, Charlie! ❤️ Animals always seem to know the best places to sleep. My cat likes to sleep on my pillow and sometimes he takes over the whole thing! Lol! 😸

    1. Thanks so much, Jill! 😃💕 Phineas would approve of your cat! hehe… yeah, he has another spot that we call his pillow nest. He’ll gather up all the pillows in a circle and then plop down in the middle like he’s making a fort! Lol

  4. I was happily reading through this post, laughing much of the way, until I got to the part about ironing sheets! Wait – you IRON SHEETS? I no longer iron anything. I have a closet full of hangers – they are my iron.

    And BTW, when I saw this post come up on my email, I read the title really fast and was expecting something about freshly made BREAD. So now I’m really disappointed – no bread, and the sheets were ironed.

    Phineas, you gotta work harder on these guys to teach them what’s really important in life – crumply sheets and bread slathered with butter!

    You’re welcome!

  5. You know my brain read “Freshly made bread” instead of bed 🤣 I’m totally a foodie and not a great housekeeper. A made bed most days for me is the comforter pulled up! My lil Brie loves making a “nest” with the covers if she is not able to get under them. I don’t know how she breathes but she burried under the covers whenever possible. Phineas looks cozy … almost like a loaf of bread. LOL 🤡

  6. Your picture of Phineas makes my heart ache.
    The look in the eyes, the sheets. Everything sparks memories of our first dog, Honey.
    She also loved a freshly made bed.
    Extremely loving but feisty at the same time.
    She would sleep under my sons crepe and protect him. Strangers we’re not allowed!
    My son is off to University in around a week. Shame his little bodyguard is not around anymore. I think my wife would feel better if she were.

  7. I somehow missed this blog post – I think it was papa’s birthday (my dearest hubs) so I’m to be excused. Well I’m old and miss a lot of stuff, anyway! lol

    I always said that “a house should be clean enough to be healthy and dirty enough to be happy”! ❤️

  8. >The end result looks less like a 5-star hotel and more like a Motel 6 that was short on staff that day.

    I get the feels. Sometimes, you have to wreck havoc – all part of life’s fun. I have had moments where I make my bed, then roll around and destroy it simply because it’s fun and that I can.

    I think clutter is one of those inevitable things. Despite efforts to stay de-cluttered and slightly organized, it seems natural that we make a mess because our minds have honed in on a particular goal for the moment.

    And yes, please no pile of senile mess! I think everyone deserves a little clean table, clean floor eye candy every once in a while. 🙂

    – SleepyBrian

  9. HA! I have the same “Hoarders” fear. (But, truth be told, watching one episode of that usually spurs on some kind of epic housecleaning where no dust bunny is safe, just from the horror onscreen.)

    Also, I envy that you’re able to even make the bed in the first place before the basenji re-do. Bella hears me go in the bedroom and immediately jumps onto the very middle of the bed. I could still make it, sure. But it’d look like there’s some kind of goiter in the middle, and the minute she moves, all of that’s undone. 😀

    Since it’s getting cold here now, though…freshly-washed FLANNEL sheets. OMG. This is a new pleasure for me; we just got a set by accident (thought they were regular sheets, but…oops.), and they’re so soft and cuddly in this early fall chill that I’m anticipating a cozy ol’ winter, for sure.

    Yum. Simple pleasure, indeed.

Leave Me A Comment!