It doesn’t matter if you’re a kid getting told to make your bed by your parents or a parent looking at your own unmade bed – and it doesn’t matter whether you have made your excuses out loud or muttered them under your thoughts – everyone has convinced themselves that making the bed is totally pointless.
- The Classic Excuse: “I’m late for work as it is. I haven’t got time to make the bed.”
- The Back-Up Excuse: “I’m only gonna make it messy when I get back into bed tonight.”
- The Philosopher’s Excuse: “If no one knows my bed isn’t made, is it really unmade?”
- The Student’s Excuse: “I’m an adult now and adults can do what they want. In fact, I’m gonna have pizza for breakfast.”
- The Social Proof Excuse: “Tracey Emin didn’t make her bed and it sold for £2.2 million.”
- The Lazy Excuse: “What does it even matter? It’s a bed.”
Looking at that list, you’re probably guilty of saying at least one of these, possibly even all of them. And the reason you’ve made these excuses is because excuses are easier to make than beds.
But not by much.
Not really. It’s not like you’re painting the ceiling of the Sistine Chapel or anything. Even if you are a total perfectionist and can’t bare anything less than an Instagram-worthy result, making your bed is one of those things that only takes a few minutes, if not seconds. You quickly plump the pillows, you shuffle the sheets so they’re smooth and then you tug on the duvet a few times until you’re happy that it’s more or less symmetrical. And what have you got in return for this ninety seconds of half-heartedness: a bedroom that looks a million times more amazing.
But you might be surprised to learn this isn’t the only added bonus. That’s right. Getting into the habit of making your bed each and every morning has other positive results that make it more than worth your time, as you’ll find out by reading on.
- Wake Up And Accomplish Something
If you find yourself subconsciously scrolling through Facebook the moment the ad breaks come on the TV, then you may well have come across a video of a U.S. Commander dressed in his white uniform talking about the importance of making your bed each morning. His name is Admiral William McRaven and he’s right. In fact, his speech is the go-to voice of reason when it comes to this topic and that’s because no one has ever eulogised bed making quite as profoundly.
Now we don’t want to give away any spoilers but, to sum it up, he talks about how making your bed gives you a sense of accomplishment the moment you wake up, and that warm and fuzzy feeling sticks with you for the rest of the day. It makes you feel proud that you’ve already started and finished a task, and that is a powerful motivator. The other thing he mentions is how making your bed helps you remember that the little things in life matter and, once again, he’s got a point. The little things really do matter.
- The Encouraging Domino Effect
Nothing makes a lovely, tidy room look messier than an unmade bed. But the same is true when you hold up a mirror because nothing makes a messy room look tidier than a well-made bed. Sure, your room won’t look perfect but, because your bed is the focal point of your bedroom, it will make your space look 789.7% more organized (#winning). Here’s the best bit, though: that’s only part of the positives.
Making your bed every morning can actually make you happier too. It can get the ball of self-esteem rolling and that’s because it is bestowed with the power of motivation. Think about it for a moment. Making your bed will motivate you to do more. Making your bed may motivate you to tidy your floordrobe, and that may motivate you to tackle the chair, and that could motivate you to make your kid’s bed, and then tidy their room, and then quickly do the laundry, and then unload the dishwasher while you are at it, and then put all those loose cuddly toys into the toy basket and, before you know it, you’ve tidied the entire house in record time and you haven’t even had a sip of coffee yet (#winningagain).
- Less Mess = Less Stress
Of all the rooms in your home, your bedroom definitely has the biggest impact on your mood. It has to. You spend a third of your life in your bedroom; it’s the last place you see when you go to bed and the first space you see when you open your eyes.
Why are we telling you this? Well, if your bedroom is so messy and disorganised it looks like a bomb’s hit it (as your mum would say), then you are going to struggle to feel calm and relaxed and peaceful and tranquil. If, however, you flip that on its head and get into the habit of plumping your pillows and tugging your duvet, then your bedroom will be a visual stimulant for all those stress-free synonyms we used above. It’s simple psychology, really. A bed that’s been made with a quick douse of love shows that you care about your home and yourself, and that little slice of pride will lift your mood so much you’ll start feeling like Beyonce (and who doesn’t want to feel like Beyonce?!).
- Create A Sleep Retreat
Everyone has those days. You know the ones. You have great days and you have those days. The problem is, you don’t know when one of those days is going to rear its ugly head. That is where making a bed can really help. Not only will making the bed help lift your spirits and thus improve your chances off shaking off this funky-feeling of yours but, when you’re at work, you will be able to take comfort in the fact your bed is ready for when you get home, made to perfection and waiting to comfort you. That’s a nice feeling.
What’s more, making your bed can also help you enjoy a better night’s sleep. Mmm hmmm. Making your bed doesn’t have to be exclusively part of your morning routine. Nighttime rituals, like turning down your bed, can see your brain start to associate this little move with sleep, and association is one of the most effective ways of slipping into a deep slumber in record time.
- Okay, And It Looks Amazing
Close your eyes for a minute and think about the last time you stayed in a hotel somewhere. You checked-in, struggled with the card key for a bit and then walked into the room, and the first thing that caught your eye was the bed, the perfectly manicured bed; four hospital corners and not a single crease. It’s so inviting you want to do away with whatever plans you may have had and just slip between the sheets.
Now imagine how you would feel if you did all of that, but you opened up the door and you were greeted by an unmade bed. Clean, but unmade. That desire to get between the sheets will have gone up in a puff of smoke, and that’s because a bed that’s been made is infinitely more inviting, and that’s why you need to get into the boutique-hotel-bed-making habit back home. After all, if it looks good then it tends to feel good too, whether that’s a placebo or not.
Nothing beats that feeling of getting into a made bed after watching Lovesick on Netflix. But who would have thought making your bed could have all these gorgeous benefits? All you’ve done is plump a couple of pillows and quickly shuffle the bedding about. But that’s all it takes – a couple of minutes first thing in the morning – and you could massively improve your life. Your entire life. That’s pretty cool.