Did you know that we spend one-third of our lives in bed? And that’s probably one of the reasons why every September 11th, National Make Your Bed Day is celebrated-- to treat our beds with respect, just as they deserve it.
But of course, that’s not just why there is a national holiday meant to pay homage to that 2-minute task some of us dread every morning. Apart from celebrating and giving thanks to the fact that you woke up on a soft and comfy bed, and not on the cold hard ground, the habit of making your bed every morning is actually beneficial to your whole being.
Here are 5 reasons why taking the time to make your bed every morning is good for you:
It cultivates self-discipline.
When you roll out of bed every morning, especially on busy work days, the last thing you set yourself to doing is to make your bed. Some think or say things like: “I don’t have the time”, “It’s just going to get unmade again later”, or “No one will see it anyway”. While that dreaded feeling is understandable, know that coming up with these kinds of excuses just to spare 1-2 minutes of your time making your bed is another way of avoiding self-discipline.
Most forms of self-discipline are seen as harsh or restraining; but it shouldn’t be. Engage your mind and just focus intently on your task at hand: making your bed. By doing so, you will quickly see that making the bed isn’t actually bad at all.
It lowers stress and sets the right mood.
The bed takes up more than half of the space of most bedrooms. Thus, a cluttered bed means a cluttered space. And the sad truth is, a cluttered space makes for a cluttered mind as well. Many studies have shown that there is a direct link between clutter and stress.
A neat (no need for fancy hotel standards) and properly made bed will instantly make your room more pleasant, more put together. In turn, it’ll create a feeling of tranquility, order, and competence. Moreover, it will quickly show that you care for your home and for yourself--that feeling of being cared for will help lift your mood and lighten your emotional burdens, setting you up for a lighter and happier day.
It helps boost productivity.
Making your bed doesn’t stop on starting your day with a lighter and more pleasant mood, it also helps you be more productive for the day. According to the author of the book, The Power of Habit, “daily bed making becomes a keystone habit-- something that kickstarts a chain of other good decisions throughout the day, and gives you a sense of taking charge…(and these habits) lead to a greater sense of well-being and stronger skills.”
So yes, by simply taking that short time to pull the sheets, arrange the pillows, and straighten the comforter, you’re already starting your day right. After that feeling of discipline, accomplishment, and motivation after bed making, you’ll be more inclined to complete one task after another.
It teaches you mindfulness.
Mindfulness is defined as a mental state achieved by focusing one's awareness of the present moment, while calmly acknowledging and accepting one's feelings, thoughts, and bodily sensations. It is witnessing your thoughts without criticism or judgment. We can learn to apply that in every single thing that we do--including making our beds.
Just like washing the dishes, cleaning the bathroom and doing your laundry, making your bed is actually the perfect time to practice mindfulness. Once achieved, every task, even the household chores and all the other mundane items in our list of responsibilities will now feel more important and more rewarding instead of stressful or painful.
It promotes restful sleep.
Even the most beautiful and organized room will look cluttered with an unmade bed. Imagine a nice and big hotel room with a rumpled unmade bed. Would that invite you quickly slide into those sheets? Probably not.
Coming home to your room with a well made bed just feels so much better at the end of a long, busy, and tiring day. When you feel more relaxed coming home, it’s pure pleasure just by climbing on to that smoothly made bed with plump pillows. Hence, you’re more at peace and more ready than ever to take that restful sleep.
If not to celebrate the fact that you have been making your bed every morning and reaping all these benefits and more, use this observance to finally start that habit of spending a couple of your minutes after waking up to straighten and tidy up your bed. Because this might just change your life! Should you need more essentials to help you in tidying up your bedroom or getting better sleep, California Home Goods is here. Head to our Amazon store to browse through our best-selling bedroom must-haves!