We don’t want to get out of bed in the morning and when we eventually roll out, more often than not, we don’t want to make it. But the truth is, it only takes a minute to smooth crumpled sheets and plump the pillows and this extra mileage will pay dividends. Here’s why…
Tidying your bed linen each morning will help you start the day on the right foot. Good routine habits can cause a domino effect of better decision-making and positive practices at home and work.
“Making your bed every morning is correlated with better productivity, a greater sense of well-being and stronger skills at sticking with a budget,” author Charles Duhigg explains in his best-selling book The Power Of Habit. “It’s not that a family meal or a tidy bed causes better grades or less frivolous spending. But somehow those initial shifts start chain reactions that help other good habits take hold,” he adds.
By adopting this keystone habit, you will also minimise the surface area on which dust can settle. It won’t keep dust at bay altogether, but the lower level of your bed will be protected and stay fresher for longer. And the crisp feeling of a made bed might help you sleep better. According to a poll by the National Sleep Foundation, participants who regularly made their bed enjoyed a good night’s sleep most nights.
A well-made bed will also minimise wrinkles in linens and help pillows keep their shape. The best way to flatten deep creases is to evenly spray your almost-made sheets with tap water. Then shake the top layer until the creases start to settle and pull everything into place. Fluff flattened pillows to help them bounce back into shape and your bed should instantly look smooth and ready for a cosy night of sleep.
A well-made bed not only polishes your room; it’s a put-together retreat away from the chaos of everyday life outside of it. It may be a dreaded daily chore but it can influence how well you snooze and boost your productivity. If that isn’t enough, making your bed is also one of the most effective and easiest triggers of happiness. Best-selling author Gretchen Rubin says: “When I was researching my book on happiness, this was the number one most impactful change that people brought up over and over.”
So next time you want to start a chain reaction of success-building habits and contribute to your well-being, take one minute out of your day to make your bed. And while you’re at it: don’t forget to wash your sheets once a week, replace your pillows every two years and vacuum your mattress at least once a month.