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 or don’t do it daily, 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
1. 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, and not 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.
2. You’ll think more clearly.
When tasks like making your bed become routine, there’s more brain energy available for clear and focused thinking. You know how your best ideas come when you’re in the shower? Or how you come up with 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!
3. 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.
4. You’ll be motivated to tidy up elsewhere
Once you realize that making your bed takes only a couple of minutes each morning, you’ll start to understand that many of the other chores you’ve been putting off take just as little time. That’s what I discovered when I began my own 30-day bed-making challenge.
Before I developed the habit of making my bed every morning, I’d get out of bed and shuffle straight to the coffee maker then stand there yawning while my “wake-up juice” brewed.
Once I started making my bed within minutes of getting up, however, I was mentally alert before even leaving my bedroom. Instead of ignoring that pile of tissues or half-empty water glass on the nightstand, I’d take them with me. By the time I got to the kitchen, I was awake enough to wipe the counters and pull out something to defrost for dinner.
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, I encourage you to commit to making your bed every morning for 30 days straight. You’re going to be surprised at what a difference it makes. Try it, and discover how making your bed can change your life!