Make the Bed: the Unspoken Benefits
Success starts in the bedroom. If you want to make positive changes in your life, start with the basics: make the bed every morning.
As a way to celebrate tomorrow's Make the Bed Day, at LANGRIA we want to share why making the bed is a habit that you should acquire and willingly commit to every day. In 2014, US Navy Admiral William McRaven shared at the University of Texas as part of his commencement speech "[...] If you want to make a difference in the world, start by making your bed".
As simple and silly as that might sound, he is completely right about it. Not only I believe it, but also the +61K and +6M people that liked and watched his speech online did too. There are many excuses for not making the bed "I am in a hurry", "I'd rather sleep 5 more minutes", "It will get unmade again tonight"... you name it. However, I have 4 backlash reasons (with their benefits) that will make you rethink the whole bed situation and put you on the right track for making your bed from now on. Besides, what better day to commit to this action that tomorrow's Make The Bed day?
Start your day off on the right footWhen you want to make changes in your life, it is best to start with small and easy-to-achieve actions. Accomplishing your goals generates a feeling of success and empowers you to keep doing more things, as you feel motivated and on top of your game. Admiral McRaven couldn't explain it better during his 2014 speech:
“If you make your bed every morning you will have accomplished the first task of the day. It will give you a small sense of pride and it will encourage you to do another task and another and another."
Make your bed as part of your plan of small accomplishments to achieve during the day. Add other tasks to meet throughout the day. By the end of your day, you will have a list of small achieved tasks :)
Become more organized & productive with your life
As mentioned before, achieving a new small challenge leads to set other positive goals. When you make your bed every morning, you'll feel more organized (and proud). In fact, it is not a surprise that you find yourself looking around the room to organize a few more things like the clothes on the chair, the pile of papers on your desk, etc. In a matter of minutes, you have transformed your unorganized bedroom into a cleaner and more decluttered one. You will feel satisfied. This feeling of well-being and self-satisfaction is addictive and can lead to organizing other pieces of your home as well as other aspects of your life too! Moreover, by tiding your space you will help to lower your level of stress and take control of your life.
Improves your mood
Some people don't like sleeping alone in hotels. Many say that it seems cold and not comforting. For me, it is the opposite. I love walking into my hotel room to see a perfectly made bed waiting for me, clean towels on the bathroom, all the amenities untouched. It instantly puts me in a positive state of mind. No matter how bad my day went, climbing into the bed to lay in those fluff up pillows feels like heaven. Wouldn't you love to feel the same way at home? Well... you can! You just need to start by making the bed! Now picture the opposite situation. You had a terrible day and you get home to your messy bedroom... that's definitely not going to help you improve your mood, is it?
Will save you from an embarrassing situation
Last but not least, picture yourself leaving your home early in the morning. Bed unmade, the coffee cup and bits of breakfast on the kitchen counter... we have all been there. Later that day, you come back home with an unexpected friend, a neighbor comes by to chat or the plumber comes for your appointment to fix the toilet. Oh no! You might be able to pick up the coffee cup and hide it in the sink or washing machine gracefully, but there's no way you can hide your unmade bed... "I was late to work this morning, haha, no big problem..." Use the excuse that you want, but it is indeed a bit of an awkward situation. However, if you spend 2 minutes in the morning making your bed, even if the rest of the room is a little bit messy, the bed will make up for it.
Now that you know the secrets and benefits that come with this simple action, spare a couple of minutes to make your bed. If you want to learn more about lifestyle and organization, have a look at our post "Organize your Home and Take Control over your Life".