There are two kinds of people: those who make their beds and those who just...don't. If you count yourself in the second group, it's time to turn the corner!
You may be wondering why. Well, aside from your mom teaching you how to do it, many other people--from feng shui disciples to sleep researchers--have recognized the benefits of a made bed as well. Here are just a few of them...
The feeling of having accomplished something.
It may seem like a very small thing, but starting the day by making your bed makes you feel like you've accomplished something. Take a few minutes each morning to carry a more positive feeling with you for the rest of the day.
It reduces stress
A tidy bed means a tidy room. A tidy room means a tidy mind. An orderly mind means an orderly life. You already understand what we want to say...
It makes your sleep more restful
A made bed not only makes a better impression. Your sleeping environment is crucial to a good night's sleep. This includes temperature, light, noise and general order in your room. Paying attention to a certain regularity in these aspects makes it easier for you to sleep well. Crumpled sheets = tossing and turning in the night. Made bed = deep and solid zzzzzzes.
It is healthier…
Shaking out duvets and pillows in the morning prevents dust and dirt from building up under your bedding. This is especially important for allergy sufferers and people with pets… Or for people who live in the city and bring home the dirt of a long day at night. According to a rumor that has persisted, Jackie O. had her sheets changed every day, but for those of us who have to make our own beds, a weekly linen change is perfectly appropriate.
...and makes you happier?
There are tons of studies floating around the internet claiming that making the bed makes you happy. Admiral William H. McRaven once gave a speech entitled "If you want to change the world, start by making your bed." His argument was simple: You can't do the big things if you can't do the simple things. And apart from that, a made bed also provides a sense of relief and encouragement when coming home after a busy and long day.
...With huge benefit
If we are defined by our habits, what does that say about those who don't make their beds? Are they sloppy jerks, forever doomed to a messy life and sleepless nights? Absolutely not! First of all, you are not alone in this. Happiness researcher Gretchen Rubin (who even wrote a book on the subject) found that making the bed was the most popular habit people wanted to incorporate into their routine. Like Admiral McRaven, Gretchen believes that the simple act of making the bed can lead to other positive changes:
"Doing a small task to improve your situation and doing that task regularly can help you regain a sense of self-discipline."