How to Tidy Up Your Room
How many times have your parents asked you to clean your room but you
couldn’t ever ask how best to get about it? There are many times in an
adolescent’s life when many parents order you to do something without
giving the fundamental education on it.
A well-made and tidy bed
1. Mattress Protection Cover
2. Spreading and covering the first sheet on the bed
3. Covering the third layer, the blanket for more warmth and
4. Pushing the head part of the blanket up so that the guest can
creep inside the bed easily
5. First and second layer of sheet, third blanket layer and last
sheet layers are tucked in the mattress of the bed
6. Propping up the pillows neatly on the bed
7. Folding and tucking the sheets gently inside the mattress in
a neat manner
8. Puffing up the pillows from the edges
9. Triangle fold for evening turn-down bed arrangement
More often than not, you can’t possibly ask because they would think
that they were blessed with unintelligent children.
We at Observer magazine decided to help you learn the basics of
learning about tidying your room but also how to do it in a five star
hotel style so that even your parents will ask for tips too.
Thanks to friendly Head of Corporate Communications Mrs. Yasmine
Cader, we got the chance to get five star advice on how Trans Asia
hotel’s efficient house keeping department spruces up their rooms.
The Executive Housekeeper, Mrs. Marsha Kularatne who has over 20
years of working in this field helped us with the basics of making your
bed. Methananda who has around 18 years of experience also helped show
the basics of bed-making.
“Trans Asia is a five star hotel so we must ensure that every detail
is according to the standards,” said Marsha, “There are three types of
beds - the single, king and queen size beds”. 100% Cotton bedsheet,
blankets and pillows are used which adheres to the hotel’s standards.
The step by step tidying of the bed actually starts at the mattress
protection cover which covers the mattress.
This is like a protection cover for individuals and children with
abdominal problems. Thereafter, the first white sheet is covered on the
mattress which is pulled right down and tucked from the head side to the
The second sheet is also then added which is gently tucked in the bed
and third layer is the blanket which gives additional warmth for the
guest because of the air-conditioning and cold temperature of the room.
“We fold the sheets from all four corners and tuck them inside the
mattress”, says Marsha. The last layer of sheet is added and gently the
sheets are folded gently to make the head part where it is folded
“This is the part where the guest goes in and tucks in while folding
the head part upwards so that it goes all the way upto the ears”, she
At 5pm we have a turn-down bed arrangement which is when we make the
bed for a guest to sleep easily”, highlights Marsha. This is done by
taking the cover of the side of the sheet and folding it neatly into a
triangle. They also keep the breakfast menu for the guest so that they
are reminded about what they can order when they wake up.
A bed runner at the foot of the bed is more like a decoration which
is usually required to blend in with the interiors of the room. It gives
the bed a more complete look and has to be lifted before the guest
For pillows that need proper puffing, the best way is explained by
Marsha, “First you hold the edges of the pillow and give it a good
shake, then you gently pat and push the top part to puff it”.
In a five star hotel, most beds have from 2 to 6 different pillows to
match and if children need more.
Even though having many sheets might be a tedious process and much
too expensive for us, we should keep the art of making a proper bed in
mind. Marsha advised “If people at home do these simple steps, they can
make their rooms and homes look like a five star hotel”.
Pix by Priyantha Hettige