I’ve always loved the expression that “you can start your day over at any time” and one of my favorite ways to “start my day” is to spend a few minutes in the morning devoted to a perfectly made bed.  
The 5 minutes or so it takes me to make the bed first thing in the morning allows me to start every day with one small accomplishment on top of which I can stack however many more. And when I turn in at night, a nicely-made bed is a peaceful “Welcome Home.”  
When I leave my house in the morning- overwhelmed by the seemingly endless tasks ahead of me that have to fall perfectly into place- with my constant guidance- glancing back at my crisply made bed gives me a little boost of confidence that the day is going to be OK.  When I turn in at night after an invariably chaotic day- getting into my bed with its smooth, fresh sheets and soft, luxurious bedding- I am finally able to release the tension and pressure of the day.    And no- luxurious is not necessarily synonymous with expensive.  
Quoting from a Navy SEAL commander’s Commencement Address this year at the University of Texas,

“Making your bed will also reinforce the fact that the little things in life matter. If you can’t do the little things right, you’ll never be able to do the big things right. And if by chance you have a miserable day, you will come home to a bed that is made — that you made. And a made bed gives you encouragement that tomorrow will be better.”
— U.S. Navy Adm. William H. McCraven

It’s easy to get caught up life’s larger problems (where we work, where we put our heads down, and who we're with) but at the end of the day it’s just as important to establish the feeling of safety that comes from comforting routines.
On this subject, great sheets and linens can have a tremendous impact on the atmosphere of a bedroom, and for comfortable sleep. Covering this important detail can help add Happy and Healthy into the adjectives that describe your lifestyle.

Here in the Upper West Side (and also across the Park), my go-to sleep store is Schweitzer Linen. They’ve been family-owned and operated for over 40 years, with 3 stores in Manhattan.  Schweitzer Linen has an excellent selection of textures, colors, and styles. From the bedroom to the bathroom and every level from luxury to efficiency, they’re often a go-to source.   Bed Bath & Beyond also has an excellent section devoted to bedding- most of which is at a very affordable price point.   Bloomingdales has an excellent bedding department and I am partial to the sheets sold at Ralph Lauren on Madison and 72nd Street.

Schweitzer Linen - 457 Columbus Avenue (Between 81st and 82nd Street)

Schweitzer Linen - 457 Columbus Avenue (Between 81st and 82nd Street)

Some tips:
Throw away your old pillows and pillow protectors every 6 months and start fresh.
Invest in a high quality mattress pad which can be even more important than an expensive mattress.
Have several sets of sheets, pillow cases and decorative pillows so that you can style your bed differently every week.
New seasons bring new opportunities for new bedding.  Once a season buy something indulgent for your bed.  In the summer- a fine cotton or silk coverlet.  In the winter- a perfectly weighted down duvet and cover.  Fall and spring are both opportunities for a new cashmere throw.   
You will sleep better.  You will likely succumb to the weekend nap that your body is likely craving.  Your home will feel more appealing and indulgent.

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