What if I told you that making your bed can makeover your life? It might sound crazy, but hear me out. Starting your day with this simple task can bring remarkable benefits.
When my kids were little, my mornings were always hectic, and making my bed became a task I’d skip, promising myself I’d do it later. Most days, I’d get distracted by other things and wound up climbing into an unmade bed, upset with myself for forgetting.
Then, one day, I decided to prioritize bed-making before other tasks. The impact was incredible—it transformed my outlook and my home. Now, nearly two decades later, I can’t even recall the last time I forgot to make my bed. Trust me, this simple habit can have remarkable benefits that you won’t want to miss out on.
1. More Time For Yourself
Making your bed every morning might require getting out of bed a bit earlier, but it’s worth it. When you wake up before your kids instead of waking up to them, you get precious time for yourself. Set your alarm 5-10 minutes earlier, and you’ll have a chance to make your bed and ease into your day. Once I started getting up just that tiny bit earlier, I found I had time to mentally plan my day and shake off sleep before anyone needed my attention. It’s like a moment of calm before the storm.
2. Boost Creative Thinking
Have you ever noticed that your best ideas come when you’re in the shower? Or how you think up that perfect comeback to a snarky coworker when you’re in the middle of vacuuming? There’s a reason for that: when you’re doing menial tasks like bathing or making your bed, your brain’s default mode network operates in the background to solve problems and come up with new ideas. I’ve had more than one great idea for a blog post pop into my mind while making my bed in the morning.
3. Your Bedroom Will Feel Cleaner
The bed is often the largest piece of furniture in our bedrooms, making it the focal point of the room. When the bed is messy, the entire bedroom looks messy, even if it’s not. The opposite is equally true: a neatly made bed instantly gives the impression of a cleaner bedroom, even when it’s not perfectly tidy or you haven’t changed your sheets in weeks. (It happens.) So, the fastest way to make your room look better is by simply making your bed.
4. You’ll Start the Day Feeling Motivated
Making your bed each morning becomes a gentle wake-up call for your brain, leaving you mentally alert as you begin your day. This quick task can motivate you to tackle other chores and goals. For me, it led to tidying up my bedroom and establishing a habit of doing at least one load of laundry each day. Before long, I developed a daily whole-house tidy routine, which led to all of the routines that gave rise to this blog. And all because I started making my bed every morning!
5. You’ll End Your Day Feeling Comforted
When you’ve had a rough day, the idea of crawling into bed and getting a good night’s sleep can be a saving grace. But a messy, unmade bed can make you feel even worse, if it confirms your negative thoughts or self-doubts. I used to climb into my unmade bed at night feeling like I’d failed, regardless of all the other things I accomplished during the day. Now, getting into bed reminds me that no matter how challenging the day was, I completed something and took care of myself. It’s a small but powerful mood and confidence booster.
6. Making Your Bed Sets a Good Example
Making your bed sets a good example for your children. It teaches responsibility and the importance of taking care of one’s personal space. Parents who want their kids to clean up after themselves know that modeling such behavior for them is crucial. My kids were still quite young when I get into the habit of making my bed daily, but they were old enough to see the task as a natural part of their day, too. Kids pick up their parents’ habits, so why not make sure the ones they adopt will help them become productive, responsible adults some day?
The 30-Day Make Your Bed Challenge
It may not seem like a big change, but making your bed every day can be the perfect first step in finding your motivation to clean your home routinely, too. So, if you’re feeling overwhelmed by your home, commit to doing it every morning for 30 days straight and watch the difference that making your bed can make in your life.
Frequently Asked Questions
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How do you make a bed quickly?
Quickly make your bed with ease using these steps: Set the pillow aside, straighten the flat sheet, and tuck in the end and sides, making neat hospital corners. Pull up the bedcover or duvet evenly on both sides, and if desired, fold the flat sheet over the top edge. Arrange your pillows at the head of the bed, leaning them against the headboard for support. Finally, add decorative pillows or cushions to complete the look. Enjoy a perfectly made bed in no time!
How long should I wait to make my bed in the morning?
Your bed needs 30-60 minutes in the morning for the sweat and moisture from your breath to dry. This waiting period helps reduce dust mites, which prefer a warm, damp spot as their breeding ground. To prevent them, and to help your bed smell fresh, pull the covers to the foot of the bed when you get up so it’s exposed to air. By the time you eat breakfast and get ready for the day, your bed should be cool, dry, and ready to be made.