Making a Case for Making your Bed Everyday
We know we've probably driven home the importance of having a healthy morning and evening routine, but as it is the 1st of March, and our theme is all around de-cluttering and creating more space in your life, we are keen to introduce a new daily ritual.
Making your bed everyday is among the short list of things the most successful people do to get ahead. There's actually an old adage "Messy Bed, Messy Head" so conversely, taking 5 to make your bed does wonders for organization, both in your physical space and mentally.
Here are 5 science-backed reasons making a case for Making Your Bed. Plus, read on for how to do it quickly and efficiently. (Leave it to us to learn how without even getting out from under the covers!)
5 Reasons to Make Your Bed Everyday
1. It gives you a sense of accomplishment.
It may seem too small a task to matter much, but starting your day by making your bed gives you a sense of accomplishment. Taking only a few minutes of your time every morning, doing so can ignite a positive tone for the rest of the day. In a 2012 study by Hunch.com, 71 percent of bed-makers reported that they consider themselves to be happy people, while 62 percent of non-bed-makers reported feeling unhappy.
Plus, if you approach making your bed with the mindset of “How I do anything is how I do everything,” you’ll gain a growing sense of pride, self-confidence, and motivation. Further, you’ll leave the house feeling a sense of control and personal responsibility – an asset you can take with you throughout the day.
2. It cultivates mental discipline.
Mental discipline, also known as self-discipline, is developed by overcoming mental and physical resistance.
When you roll out of bed on a Monday morning, sometimes the last thing you aspire to do is make your bed. This dreaded feeling is understandable, but it’s also a terrific opportunity to discipline yourself.
We tend to associate any form of “self-discipline” as harsh and restraining, but it needn’t be. Although your brain and body may resist your efforts, you can engage your mind at-will and gently bring its attention back under control. You employ your mind this way by focusing intently on one thing, and one thing only: the task at-hand.
3. It will help you have more restful sleep.
A clean, comfortable bedroom creates a welcoming sleep environment, and a 2012 National Sleep Foundation survey found that people who make their bed every day are 19 percent more likely to report getting restful sleep.
While you're at it, change your sheets often. Snuggling into a clean, made bed leads to ultimate relaxation and will prevent any anxiety around the dirt and such that may have accumulated on your sheets over the last several days.
4. It reduces stress.
A decluttered bed makes for a decluttered space. A decluttered space makes for a decluttered mind. A decluttered mind makes for a decluttered life. You get the point…
5. You room will look instantly much cleaner!
This is especially true in tiny bedrooms. When most of the space in your room is taken up by your bed, it is especially important to make this an ongoing habit. Just because you lack the space, doesn’t mean your standards should be lowered. Honour the fact that good things can come out of small packages by making your bed each morning.
How to make your bed...while you're still in it!
Still not convinced? Elite Daily breaks it down and backs it with science here.