Making your bed in the morning can sometimes seem like an impossible task. You’re running late for work, you’re mad at your alarm clock, and you just want to get that first cup of coffee so you feel human again. Besides, you’re just going to unmake it again at night, right? Apartment Therapy.com shares how making your bed, a task that really takes less than five minutes, can bring you happiness and other benefits.
According to Charles Duhigg’s “The Power of Habit”, if you make your bed every day you will have better productivity, be better at staying on your budget, and be happier. Making your bed is what is called a “keystone habit”, meaning practices that can effect other habits. Duhigg says, keystone habits “help other habits to flourish by creating new structures, and they establish cultures where change becomes contagious.”
The author of “The Happiness Project”, Gretchen Rubin, reports that when she was asking people questions for her book, making the bed was the top change that people brought up again and again as inspiring their happiness. The author of Apartment Therapy’s article decides to try it and finds that making up her bed makes her ask her children to make up their beds, which in turn makes her want to pick up their rooms, do the laundry, clean the kitchen, etc, leaving her with a clean house and peaceful state of mind by 8am.
Give it a try. You just might find that making your bed up first thing in the morning makes you feel super productive before you’ve even gotten dressed. At the very least, it will keep you from jumping back in!