You hit the snooze button a few times, roll bleary-eyed out of bed in search of coffee, and leave the sheets in a rumpled pile behind you. Sound familiar? While making your bed in the morning may seem like a pointless exercise, taking those extra few minutes to straighten up may actually be worthwhile. Here are five reasons why.
1. It’s in the numbers.
In a survey of 68,000 people by Hunch.com, 71 percent of bed makers consider themselves happy; 62 percent of non-bed makers admit to being unhappy. While your happiness is more complicated than simply making your bed, it can’t hurt to give it a shot!
2. Consider it a form of meditation.
Get a little “me time” in the morning while you smooth the sheets and pull up the quilt or comforter. It’s a great chance to slow down before you start your day, re-think your to-do list, and simply take a minute to breathe. Note: fluffing the pillows buys you extra contemplation time.
3. Keep things clean.
Even taking 10 seconds to pull your bedding up over the pillows does a great deal for cleanliness. It prevents dust from getting under your covers during the day, and could reveal objects hiding under the bed or on the floor. De-cluttering this area now will be a big relief later on when you’re ready to hit the hay.
4. It makes you feel accomplished.
Even though this small task only takes a minute or two, it makes a big impact and the whole room will look tidier. You’ll start the day with an instant feeling of success, with a reminder that small steps can lead to getting things done.
5. It sets the tone for the rest of the day.
Putting forth a little effort in the morning creates a domino effect. Maybe you’ll also write that report, call your parents, or send that birthday card via snail mail. While it’s easy to procrastinate, simple habits like making the bed teach us to stay on top of things. Starting off on the right foot can keep your motivation flowing all day long.
Making your bed: morning must-do or not really worth the five minutes? Sound off in the comments below!