What if I were to tell you that making your bed can change your life? I know it sounds crazy, but it’s true. Hear me out.
There are a few things that happen when you begin making your bed every morning. If you’ve never been a fan of making yours, I encourage you to spend the next 30 mornings making your bed without fail. Here are some of the changes you’ll see in your life.
Making Your Bed Can Change Your Life
You’ll Have more “Me Time”
Let’s face it: making your bed every morning requires getting out of bed a bit earlier. That’s actually one of the benefits: waking up before your kids, not waking up to them, is a great way to find time for yourself. Setting your alarm 5 minutes earlier gives you a chance to get that bed made and ease into your day rather than dealing with others the instant your feet hit the floor.
You’ll Think More Clearly
When tasks like making your bed become routine, there’s more brain energy available for clear and focused thinking. Have you ever noticed that your best ideas come when you’re in the shower? Or how you think up that perfect come-back to a snarky coworker when you’re in the middle of vacuuming on Saturday? There’s a reason for that.
As we perform a task repeatedly, it requires less direct concentration from our prefrontal cortex (the big thinking and self regulation center), and eventually it becomes entirely procedural memory to the point where we may not even be able to recall what we are doing. […]
And importantly, launching into this active state of procedural memory can actually stimulate and boost the higher levels of thinking and creative reasoning. Or more simply put, the rote processes that distract our hands focus our minds.
If you’ve been struggling to prioritize your day, making your bed first thing in the morning frees up your brain to make judgment calls and plans!
Your Bedroom Will Feel Cleaner
The bed is the largest piece of furniture in most bedrooms, and therefore the room’s focal point. When your bed is a mess, the whole bedroom is going to look messy, even when it’s not.
But the opposite is also true: a neatly-made bed makes your bedroom look cleaner — even when it’s not.
You’ll Be Motivated to Tidy Up Elsewhere
As making your bed becomes part of your morning routine, it provides a gentle wakeup for your brain. So, rather than shuffling to the coffee-maker in a fog, you’ll already be mentally alert before leaving your bedroom.
Once you realize that making your bed takes only a couple of minutes each morning, you’ll realize that many other chores you’ve been putting off also take just as little time.
It may not seem like a big change — because it’s not — but making your bed every day starts your mornings with a commitment to do the whole “adulting” thing. The next thing you know, you’re following a daily cleaning routine, and your whole house is looking better — all because you started making your bed.
The 30-Day Challenge
If you’re constantly feeling overwhelmed by your home or have been struggling to find motivation to clean it, commit to making your bed every morning for 30 days straight. You’ll be surprised at what a difference it makes. Try it, and discover how making your bed can change your life!