Remember when your parents used to scold you for not making your bed when you were younger? Did you ever stop to think if they were on to something? Sure, everyone wants that extra five minutes of sleep—but the reward might be worth the sacrifice.
Developing good habits
Doing something as productive as making your bed first thing in the morning sets the tone for your productivity for the rest of your day. Making it a habit will help instill mental discipline to encourage the growth of other good habits that may seem like tedious chores at that moment. The Power of Habit, by Charles Duhigg would consider making your bed every morning a “keystone habit”—the habit that leads to the development of multiple good habits. The gradual accumulation of all these good habits will help mold yourself into a more productive person.
I know what you’re thinking: how can what I do waking up, help my sleep? Well, a 2012 National Sleep Foundation survey found that people who make their bed every morning are more likely to report getting a good night’s sleep—19% more likely to be exact. After all, a made bed is a clean bed. This minimizes the amount of dust and dirt laying around in your bed, which may be the cause of what’s making you toss and turn all night.
Coming home after a stressful day at work to a cluttered room definitely won’t help ease your mind. If your bed is made, it makes an instant difference to the appearance of your room—in a good way. According to a study in the Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin, people with messy homes reported to be more depressed, fatigued, and had higher stress levels. If you want your home to be a place where you can relax and unwind, it’s going to need to be put together.
It just looks better
This is probably the most obvious reason to stand behind making your bed in the morning. What looks better than a neatly-layered bed, with pillows propped up right like they should be? Think of it as an art project—you’ll feel so proud and accomplished when you leave the house knowing if an Instagram-famous blogger came into your room, she would want to snap a pic. (Just like Anh from The Girl and a Word did above! For more photos of her romantic-styled bedroom, click here!)
So next time you’re hitting snooze button, remember that getting up and making the effort to fold over those sheets in the AM can make a positive impact on your life in the long run. After all—it’s the little things in life that matter!