We had our monthly member "freestyle" Q&A webinar last Tuesday night, when our members can send in photos and questions and get live consultations (no additional cost, included in our membership program). Always such a blast! One member asked me this week,
"Why should I make my bed every morning?"
Here are 4 good reasons why, plus one more:
- You can start your day off on the right foot with one super-easy success. You just did something right– what an easy win! You can feel great about how you're keeping up with your clutter maintenance in your house first thing every single morning. It takes no more than 3 minutes to make up a king-size bed, even with lots of decorative pillows. Time it– that's a fact.
- Leaving something undone gives you the subconscious message that this room can be let go a little, so you do. One unmade bed leads to laundry on the floor, dishes not put away, and then everything goes downhill from there… Have you ever heard of the "broken window theory" in urban sociology? I wrote about it previously here. When people take more ownership in their neighborhoods and attend promptly to vandalism and disrepair, the neighborhoods stay more stable. When they let small things like broken windows and graffiti go unattended, crime is thought to be more likely and neglect becomes the norm. Maintaining something good is much easier than recovering from something much worse.
- Making your bed gives you a large, smooth work surface for working on projects like folding clothing or organizing drawers or packing/unpacking for a trip. Better yet, when you start a project on a bed, you have to finish it because later you'll need to sleep there! It's good incentive.
- You're setting an example for your kids. Do you want them to grow up seeing that you take care of yourself and your belongings and spaces? Or do you want them to see disarray as normal?
And finally, the best reason of all… the one that I wish I had said to my caller on our webinar:
Because you deserve it.
It feels good to make your bed and walk in and out of your room the rest of the day and see that you did that nice thing for yourself. When you get into the covers at night, they feel fresher and more inviting and more comfortable. I talk with my members about this concept of my "Future Self," in which I do things now that I know my Future Self will later appreciate, as a favor to "her." (I wrote a blog post about that previously here, called "Have I Lost My Mind? You Decide.") Let yourself enjoy the fruits of your 3 minutes of easy labor every time you walk into the room later that day and when you climb in to sleep that night.
When you make your bed, you are giving yourself a little gift. And you deserve that.