Kick off your sheets and kick start your day by making your bed. It should be the first thing you check off the to-do list every day. Once this habit is formed, others will follow. This small task will give you a sense of pride and accomplishment.
A decluttered bed makes for a decluttered space. Most of the bedroom is taken up by a bed, so everything will instantly appear cleaner when the bed is made. Clutter makes falling asleep and staying asleep harder. It is a constant reminder of how scattered and unorganized your (or at least my) life is. Although making your bed in the morning may seem like the least of your worries, it may help you worry a little less.
A decluttered space also makes for a decluttered mind. Even the smallest of tasks can set the tone for the whole day. About one third of our lives is spent in the bedroom, so this space definitely has an impact on our mood. Studies show people who make their beds every single day tend to be more adventurous, confident and sociable while those who do not tend to be shy and moody. The National Sleep Foundation found that people who make their bed in the morning get better sleep.
Bed-making advocates around the world point out U.S. Navy SEAL Vice Admiral William McRaven’s book “Make Your Bed: Little Things Can Change Your Life… and Maybe the World.” In a commencement address he delivered, he said, “if you want to change the world, start by making your bed.”
If you have a miserable day, you will at least come home to a made bed. It will be so much more comfortable getting into a crisply made bed after a long day and so much more comforting knowing you made it yourself. When you step back and appreciate how it makes you feel, you will crave more organization in all other areas of your life.
If you make your bed every morning then you will be on top of things… and if you sit on your bed, you will still be on top of things… so put yesterday to bed and make room for the opportunities of a new day.
Photo taken by Christian Cubacub.