National Make Your Bed Day: 5 Reasons to Make Your Bed

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.

5 Reasons to Make Your Bed - Discover, a blog by World Market

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!

 

9 Comments

  • K Mouton

    I have always made all the beds in the house……..if for some reason I missed my bed I always make it before I get in to it at night.

  • timer

    The military has been training this for years for the psychological benefits of accomplishment,productivity, orderedness, competency, peacefulness, etc. plus the benefits of feeling up those soft percale sheets and comforters, and soft pillows, making something beautiful, and the anticipation of jumping into something soft clean and fresh after a long day.

  • Brad Young

    Must do! 1. Makes the room look kept. 2. Starts your day off with a check mark on the task list. & 3. A made bed just feels better when you crawl into it that night!

  • Katherine

    For me, order provides a sense of peace- and it begins by making my bed.

  • Cindy M

    Must do. I go ahead and have breakfast which allows the bed linens to air out a bit then I straighten the sheets, fluff the pillows and make the bed. Makes the room tidy and just pleases the eye an makes me feel good every time I enter the room. Then at night it’s more pleasant to pull the covers down on tidy sheets an fluffed pillow when I go to bed that night.

  • Joanna R.

    When I was 6 I asked my mom for a bike. She said that if I made my bed each day I could get the bike. I have been making my bed ever since and is a subconscious reminder of accomplishing desired goals. It is no longer a “must do but a I want to do”.

  • Susan A.

    I always make my bed. It definitely starts the day off right!

  • Rachel Sa

    Morning must-do! Start the day right and be productive by making the bed and yes, feel accomplished :-)

  • Cynthia S.

    Beds are not meant to be pristine. #keepitmessy

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