"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?