One lazy day last summer, I heard a knock on my front door. When I pulled it open, I realized that the repairman scheduled to replace a broken window had arrived early. It was totally fine for him to be ahead of schedule, except he had to walk though my bedroom to get to the window. Since I hadn’t straightened up the bedroom, or even made my bed yet, he saw my disastrous bedroom. Perhaps he didn’t mind the mess, but it was still kind of embarrassing to me. At least he didn’t know I blog about this stuff!
My embarrassment could have been spared If I had taken a couple of minutes to straighten up that morning.
You may have guessed already that the first routine in this 10 Habits of a Clean Home series is to make your bed every morning.
Making your bed is an EASY first habit because it takes less than 2 minutes…start to finish. If you actually time yourself, you might find that it takes less that 30 seconds!
After years of talking with women like you, I’ve heard all the excuses.
In fact, I used to be the one making the excuses! I struggled to make my bed every morning because I didn’t see the point if I was going to get right back in that night. But now that I actually put this habit into practice, I realize that the benefits of making the bed far outweigh the time it takes to get it that way.
5 reasons to make your bed every day:
1. Making your bed gives you a productive start.
Making your bed can set the pace of the day, giving you an early sense of accomplishment and the overall feeling of having things in the right place – all before a cup of coffee. Straightening up the bed is a quick, simple, easy task that you can cross off your list the minute you wake up. Of course, you don’t have to literally write “make up the bed” on your to do list; that’s the difference between habits and schedules. But the simple act of accomplishing a goal early in the day almost always starts a chain reaction that helps you tackle other goals.
2. A made up bed can help keep the rest of the bedroom clean.
Something amazing happens when your bed is made up. There’s less visual clutter so your bedroom automatically appears cleaner. Ordinarily, you might be tempted to throw dirty clothes on the floor or pile bags by the door, but if you’ve started the day with a clean bed, you just might decide to put those items where they belong.
3. Making up your own bed will teach the rest of the family a good habit.
If you have kids, you know messes. Just like any parent, I’m sure you would like them to learn to clean up their own messes.
Well, making up the bed is cleaning a mess that they’ve made.
If your kids see that you make up your own bed, there should be less complaining when they have to do the same.
Over time, cleaning up their own mess just becomes part of the process.
4. If an unexpected visitor comes over, you won’t be embarrassed when they walk by your room.
You never know when it will happen, but you are likely to have an unexpected visitor at some point during your life. It could be a repair man, your best friend, or even your mother-in-law. Whatever the situation, 30 seconds could make your seem like you have it all together!
5. Hey, it just feels good to get in a nice, crisp, made up bed!
This habit will make your bedroom looks neater and make your bed more inviting for later. Nothing beats a comfortable bed for a good night rest. A made up bed makes it exciting to lay down at night, plus it gives you more a more relaxing sleep.
What can be simpler than making our own bed? There’s an immediate visual reward, it’s not terribly time consuming, and it’s simple enough that even a child can do it.
Don’t feel like you have to iron your sheets and learn to tuck hospital corners. There might be a time and place for that. But a quick effort works in most circumstances. Making your bed can be as easy as pulling up the sheets putting the pillows in place.
If you’re not in the habit of making up your bed every day, give it a try for the next 30 days and let me know what you think.