The Simple Power of Making Your Bed

August 12, 2019

The Simple Power of Making Your Bed

"Make your bed". It's a mantra we recite to our children nearly every morning. But have you kept it up as an adult?

It can be tempting to think "what's the point?" Why spend five minutes of precious time making a bed you're going to unmake later today?

We get it.

But the truth is, when you dedicate an extra minute or two each morning to smooth your covers and prop up your pillows, the reward is far greater than the effort required. Here’s why:

1. It helps keep things clean.

Making the bed won’t keep dust away (drat!) but by covering your sheets and mattress with a comforter, quilt, or duvet, you minimize the surface area on which dust can collect.

Making your bed can also help keep pet messes to a minimum, as pets will only have immediate access to your bed’s topmost layer (though we make no promises about particularly rambunctious furry friends).

2. You’ll start your day on the right foot.

Don't you love crossing items off your to-do list? Why not start as soon as you wake up? Quickly making your bed helps you face the day with a feeling of accomplishment even before you brush your teeth. Who among us couldn't use a positivity kickstart most mornings?

3. It could help you adopt better everyday habits.

Tidying your bed linens each morning can be a “keystone habit” that can cause a domino effect of other smart choices and positive practices throughout the day.

Writer Charles Duhigg explains this in his bestselling book, The Power of Habit:

“Making your bed every morning is correlated with better productivity, a greater sense of well-being, and stronger skills at sticking with a budget,” Duhigg writes. “It’s not that a family meal or a tidy bed causes better grades or less frivolous spending. But somehow those initial shifts start chain reactions that help other good habits take hold.”

4. Linens and pillows will keep their shape better.

Carolyn Forte, the director of the Cleaning Lab at the Good Housekeeping Research Institute, recommends making your bed because it helps minimize wrinkles in your sheets and keep pillows fluffed. Being kind to your linens will help them look clean and new longer. This is especially important if you've invested in quality bedding you want to last as long as possible.

An unmade bed

Photo by Tracey Hocking on Unsplash

5. You might sleep better.

A NSF Poll found that survey participants who reported regularly making their bed were also more likely to say that they got a good night’s sleep most nights. This underscores the NSF’s findings that bedroom environment, including cleanliness (and perhaps that cool, crisp feeling of a made bed), influences how well you snooze.

6. It instantly polishes your room.

You bought that frilly duvet cover and embellished throw pillow for a reason, right? Get them off the floor and enjoy them! Your bedroom can be a sanctuary. A retreat in your own home. A space of tranquility, relaxation and even pampering. Making the bed helps this room live up to its full potential.

Want more reasons to make your bed? Check out this article from Lifehack