Did your mom nag you to make your bed every morning growing up…well she just may have been doing you a huge favor. If you are sitting here reading and you didn’t make your bed yet today…read on and then GO MAKE YOUR BED!
It’s true! Making your bed every morning improves your life! It creates discipline. You will have accomplished the first task of the day, it gives 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. I used to be one of those people that didn’t take time to make my bed. I was scattered in every direction, plus I’m not a morning person, but after reading The Miracle Morning, I decided a needed to make a few changes not only for my own sanity but for my families too! Here are five ways that making your bed every morning improves your life.
1. It gives you a feeling of accomplishment.
It might seem too small to matter, but starting your day by making your bed gives you a sense of accomplishment. This gives you an instant feeling of success and the feeling that you are on top of things. You feel organized and ready to take on the day. This two minutes of work sets the tone for the rest of the day. It may be small but it’s mighty! Definitely worth your time.
2. It creates a positive state of mind.
We’ve all been there. You’ve had a stressful day and all you can think about hitting the hay and getting a good night’s sleep. You get to your room and it’s just how you left it, a mess! The bed isn’t made or there are clothes everywhere.
It literally takes two minutes to make your bed. Even if you just make your bed and do nothing else, it makes the whole room look so much better instantly. Two minutes every morning rewards you with better state of mind every night!
3. Lower your stress.
By making your bed, you are starting to declutter your space. A decluttered space lowers your level of stress. Clutter is a constant reminder of how scattered and unorganized you. It can drag you down. A neat and tidy space can be very calming. Who doesn’t want some calm in the midst of our chaos…mom’s you feel me on this one, right? You can create your own calming sanctuary at home (and even go as far as having your room off limits). You are in control of your own space and how it looks and therefore, how it makes you feel. Why not start with your daily bed making?
4. It prevents embarrassment.
I’m sure it’s happened to all of us at some point: you have an unexpected guest popping by and you scramble to make the beds, clean up yesterday’s dishes, throw the kids toys in the closet and attempt to kill the dust bunny staring you down in the hallway. If you take a few extra minutes in the morning to make your bed, and when your kids are old enough they can make theirs too, it helps the overall look of the room.
5. It leads to other good habits.
Once you get in the habit of making your bed, you’ll crave a little more organization because you appreciate how it makes you feel. One day you’ll take a moment to look around your room and decide that it really wouldn’t take much more time to pick up a few clothes. You’ll spend about a minute putting away a few items and be wowed! That didn’t take much time at all! We’re only up to three minutes!
This feeling is so addictive it will spill into the other rooms of the house. Before you know it, you won’t go to bed before the kitchen is clean 😉