It may be hard to believe, but the simple task of making your bed can have huge repercussions on the rest of your day – and even your life. In honor of National Make Your Bed Day tomorrow, INTENTIONS Linens gives you nine reasons to start your day with this easy yet effective task.
- The state of your bed is the state of your head. We’re not sure who came up with this chestnut, but it certainly rings true. Making your bed can set the pace of the day, giving you an early sense of accomplishment and the overall feeling of having put things in place — all before you even have coffee. And when you go to sleep, the sight of the made bed will put your mind at ease and help you to sleep more restfully.
- It’s a simple keystone habit. Author Charles Duhigg, author of The Power of Habit, cites keystone habits as small changes or tasks in our routines that can have great ripple effects on the rest of our lives. And what can be a simpler habit than making the bed? There’s an immediate visual reward, it’s not terribly time consuming, and it’s simple enough that even a child can do it.
- You’ll get more done and be happier. “Making your bed every morning is correlated with better productivity, a greater sense of well-being, and stronger skills at sticking with a budget,” says Duhigg in his book. “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.”
- You spend 30% of your life in bed. Well, if you’re getting the appropriate amount of sleep, you are, so why not make your nighttime haven as inviting as possible?
- It makes your bedroom look neater and more inviting. Because your bed is the visual centerpiece of the room, if it looks tidy, the rest of the room looks tidy.
- It saves time. Really. It’s much faster to make your bed in the morning than to have to rearrange the sheets and blankets each night before you climb in.
- Habits impact daily choices. According to a Duke University study, habits, not conscious decision making, shape 45 percent of our daily choices. A good habit such as making the bed can help you make better choices throughout the rest of the day.
- You can show off your bedding. You didn’t spend all that time shopping for those pillow shams that so beautifully coordinate with that sumptuous duvet and that “splash of color” boudoir pillow just to have it all lie rumpled pile on your bed all day, did you? Give your carefully chosen bed threads the display they deserve by taking two minutes to rustle them back into shape.
- Because your mom said so. And Mom always knows best. Right?
Armella Stepan is a 25-year luxury hotelier and the founder of INTENTIONS, which offers high-quality bed and bath products that combine gentle breathing exercises and restful words into unique product design intended to promote relaxation. facebook.com/intentionsforsleep