Four reasons why you should always make the bed.
By Amy Crawford
Let's face it, mornings (for some) can be a challenge. However, did you know that by simply adding one 3-minute task to your routine, you can feel more energised and refreshed, morning and night? Maybe it sounds too good to be true; but this life hack is pure gold.
If you're looking for a little extra pep in your step each day, simply start by making the bed.
Think I'm nuts? Read on.
1. You'll Feel Empowered.
It might seem silly, but it's true. If you're like me, you probably have a to-do list running through your head as soon as you wake. Lying in bed, thinking about all that you need to get done can be discouraging - that's not the mindset you want to kick start your day!
So, as soon as you get up, make the bed (neatly). It will leave you with a sense of accomplishment — you've already gotten one thing done! You'll feel much more ready to take on the tasks coming your way.
2. You Won't Be Able to Go Back to Bed.
Chances are, you're going to head for the bathroom as soon as you wake up. Make the bed before you do! That way, when you come out of the bathroom you won't be as tempted to sink back into bed. The bed is already made, so you might as well kick off your morning routine of exercising, showering, and getting ready for the day.
This simple act of making the bed helps you start off the day right, with action instead of passivity.
3. You'll Feel a Greater Sense of Calm When You Come Home.
You've been at work, at school, or running around with your kids all day, and you're tired — no, you're exhausted. When you walk into your bedroom, you don't want to see, scrunched-up, rumpled bedclothes. You've been dreaming of a restful, comfortable bed, and the sight of the messy sheets and blankets is hardly an enticing drawcard. If you make the bed in the morning, you'll come home to the sight of a fresh, neatly made bed that seems to beckon you to take your rest. You'll instantly feel a little calmer about your day, and you'll be in a more positive state of mind when you lay down to sleep in your beautifully made bed.
4. You'll Be More Organised.
No, Really! Part of being a whole, well-nurtured person is being organised. It's a habit that comes easily to some, while for others it's much more difficult. If you're not naturally prone to keeping things in order, start with baby steps — making your bed, for instance. A properly made bed doesn't have piles of things on it, so you'll have to find somewhere else to put papers, clothes, and other items. Instead of using the floor as a storage space, put each item where it belongs (as you discard it) and where it is most useful.
See how that one act of making the bed can lead to a calm, well-ordered space? Making the bed and putting a few things away takes between 5-10 minutes, and you'll be starting a habit of orderliness that will eventually extend to other areas of your home and life in general.
Can making your bed every day really change your life? It most certainly does mine. If not already, try it for a week and see the difference! And don't forget to report back and let me know what you think. Oh and if actually sleeping in your bed is an issue in itself you might appreciate this post, 8 tips for a better sleep!