The act of making your bed each morning might seem like an afterthought or something you’d rather leave if you’re running late or simply feeling a little lazy. But did you know that making your bed is more important than you think?
For starters, that one simple act gives you a sense of accomplishment and imagine the feeling you will get that you can tick one thing off your to-do list before you’ve even set foot outside your bedroom. If you don’t believe me, here’s what Naval Admiral William McRaven, the commander of U.S Special Operations, said about the importance of making your bed, in a 2014 commencement speech at the University of Texas in Austin:
“If you make your bed every morning you will have accomplished the first task of the day. It will give you a small sense of pride and it will encourage you to do another task and another and another. By the end of the day, that one task completed will have turned into many tasks completed. Making your bed will also reinforce the fact that little things in life matter.”
It may be a very small, seemly insignificant task but the impact is positively huge, and definitely worth two minutes of your time each morning.
Making your bed can also lower your stress levels and could be the very first thing you do to start decluttering your space. We’ve all heard the phrase ‘tidy room, tidy mind’. Not only does a tidy space leave you feeling less stressed, it also promotes a calm and relaxing atmosphere. It also shows that you care about your wellbeing and the environment you live in; a cluttered room is not a clean and healthy room.
The world is getting more chaotic and stressful and the last thing we want at the end of a rubbish day, is to climb into a untidy bed. Your mood is already low, why make it any lower, when all you need to do is make your bed before you leave in the mornings. Try it for two weeks and you’ll notice how differently you feel as you slide under the duvet of your neatly made bed. If you don’t believe me, think back to the times you have stayed in a hotel, and the first thing you notice when you enter the room. It has to be that freshly made bed. Why not give your room that ‘just checked in’ feeling and give yourself something to look forward to when your day isn’t going to plan. You can even include a little treat under the pillow.
Have you inadvertently passed someone’s bedroom, say on the way to the bathroom, and can’t tear your eyes away from the messy bed? Or been the person with the messy bed? I’m sure it’s happened to most of us at some point; life can be chaotic and making our bed before we leave the house ends up getting lost in the chaos. But given the choice, the majority of us would definitely prefer not to go through the embarrassment of that particular scenario, especially if we’re thinking about inviting someone special over. Why not pause for a moment amongst the chaos, take a deep breath, and make your bed.
Once you get into the habit of making your bed every morning, you’ll start looking at other ways to make the rest of the room look a lot more tidier. Whether it’s folding up clothes, or stacking your ‘to be read’ pile a little neater. It’s surprising how just a few minutes can be the difference between a messy room into a tidy one, and before you know it, your good habit in the bedroom will spill over into the rest of the house.
Why not try it for the rest of the month, and see what a difference it makes.