US Navy Admiral William H. McRaven says if you want to change the world, you should start by making your bed. “If you make your bed every morning, you will have accomplished the first task of the day,” he said in a commencement speech at the University of Texas. “It will give you a small sense of pride and it will encourage you to do another task, and another, and another. And by the end of the day, that one task completed, will have turned into many tasks completed.”
I love this and have always been a strong believer in making your bed every day – it is something I have always done, right from the age when I was old enough to do it. I love that when I come home at the end of every day, no matter whether it has been good or bad, that it was the first task that I did at the beginning of my day and is there waiting for me at the end of it. It feels inviting and nice to fall into at the end of any day.
On average, we spend around 1/3 of our lives sleeping. So on that note, our bedroom should be a place of relaxation and tranquillity, as well as a functioning space. A bed well made, will make even a cluttered room seem cleaner and tidier.
Lets face it. Every busy household can get messy at times with the comings and goings of the people who share it. But by adopting this one very simple rule and getting EVERYONE on board with it, it can make an entire home feel more ordered.
I recently helped a client to declutter her home and the first room we started in was her bedroom. Why you ask? We were about to embark on a huge journey of decluttering her entire home over a period of a few days. Because of the journey ahead, I felt that if she could come home at the end of every day and session and have a calm, ordered room and a made bed, it would make a difference to her wellbeing during the process. And it did. Here’s what she said:
“Following a visit from Natalie and a discussion about the way a made bed makes you feel like you have done something nice for yourself……..my daughter and I have been making our beds as soon as we get out of them every day. It takes no time and the knock on effect is the extra pillows and decorative cushions are picked up off the floor – anything else that has been left on the bedroom floor is picked up and dealt with quickly and decisively. Now it takes less than 15 minutes to straighten my bedroom and ensuite in the morning before leaving it to start my day! It is such a pleasure to head back into my bedroom and crawl in underneath the covers! It has become a very satisfying feeling to have a tidy and welcoming sanctuary, instead of the chaos I was once surrounded by!”
HERE’S THE BEFORE SHOTS……
THIS IS HOW IT LOOKS NOW…….
Here are some of the other reasons why you should make your bed every day:
- It gives you a feeling of accomplishment – it only takes a minute, gives you instant gratification and sets the tone for the entire day.
- It leads to other good habits, especially since it doesn’t take very long.
- It might be the one area you have total control over, as it’s your space, no one else’s and say’s “I respect my space.”
- It creates a positive headspace before you head out into your day, as you are setting the scene for the entire day by doing something nice for yourself.
So jump on board and start making your bed every day! I would LOVE to hear your feedback on how this works for you, so feel free to share 🙂