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Developing Good Habits during lockdown and beyond.

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With the lockdown taking its toll on all of our daily routines, our Executive Housekeeper Nicole Vella offers some helpful tips to inspire some good habits going forward.

1. Make your bed every morning

Making your bed every morning is a simple but beneficial habit. Just by taking two minutes to make your bed every morning, your bedroom will look neater and feel more peaceful. And just imagine how good it will feel to slip between the crisp sheets of a well-made bed each night! It may be hard to believe, but making your bed every day will actually boost your happiness levels.

2. Wash your sheets every 1 to 2 weeks.

People are often unsure about how frequently they should wash their sheets. The answer? Once every 1 to 2 weeks. 

Although every 1 to 2 weeks is preferable, you could probably leave up to a month between washes, at a stretch. But if you notice an unpleasant odour hanging around your bedroom, you’ll know why.

Duvets, comforters, blankets, or anything that doesn’t come in direct contact with your body can be washed approximately every three months.

NB: The above is for home use only. In Hotels, it gets washed and changed after every checkout and every two days for guests staying longer. 

3. Learn the easiest way to put a duvet cover on. 

Anyone who uses a duvet knows that duvet covers can be a nightmare to put on. 

However, there is one trick you can use to simplify the process:

Turn your duvet cover inside out, then reach your arms inside to grab one of the corners in each hand (like a sock puppet). Now, through the duvet cover, grab the top corners of the duvet firmly – one corner in each hand. Holding tightly to the corners, shake the duvet until the duvet cover turns itself right-side out. Then just tuck the bottom corners of the duvet inside and snap or button the cover shut.

Other than that, the best advice is just to be patient and to enlist the help of a family member or friend!

4. Use mattress and pillow protectors. 

If you don’t have one already, it’s a good idea to purchase mattress and pillow protectors. Just make sure it’s the appropriate size for your bed and pillows.

The mattress protector goes on over the mattress but under the fitted sheet.

The pillow protector goes on over the pillow, underneath the pillowcase.

It protects the mattress and pillow from becoming dirty, while also adding an extra layer of comfort to the bed.