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This one simple step can bring joy to the rest of your day: making your bed. Sounds silly, but it’s true! My father was a Vietnam Vet and he would say, “Making your bed in the morning gives you so much confidence at the start of your day and shows responsibility”.
Make Your Bed Every Day
Even when my father was close to passing away he said to me, “I still remember how you would sleep on top of your covers just so you wouldn’t have to make your bed.” I laughed, and said “I still don’t see the point, it seems like a waste of time.” He smiled and said, “You will see the point some day”.
Well he was right! I now make my bed every single morning and I remind my children how much joy you get when you make your bed first thing when you get up. Oh, how the lessons we learn from our parents come back around!
FIVE MINUTES TO GET A RUSH OF JOY
Creates a positive mindset
Jim Kwik, the recent best selling author of, Limitless – Upgrade Your Brain, explains how you get a wonderful feeling of accomplishment from completing a small task at the start of your day. It gives you sense of feeling productive, disciplined and efficient.
He describes how something so simple like making your bed first thing in the morning increases your brain functionality. He calls it “priming your brain”. How cool is that!
After I make my bed, tuck in every corner, smooth out the blanket and comforter, stack and fluff the pillows neatly I stand back and get this rush of JOY.
It’s like creating a new masterpiece every morning. I feel refreshed, energized and focused and it only took five minutes, you got it, I timed it (lol).
I also notice that I am then straightening up other items in the room or picking up anything that may have been thrown on the floor. Then as I go to leave the room I stand at the door and look around and think, “Ok, now that’s all done, onto the next task”!
Read this post about How to Start a Gratitude Journal with Ease for another great way to prime your brain.
Accomplish more throughout the day
Admiral William McRaven, former United States Navy Officer, in a video he commented that making your bed is key to accomplishing more throughout the day. He stated…
“If you make your bed every morning, then you would have accomplished the first task of the day. By the end of the day, that one task will have turned into many tasks completed”.
Gretchen Rubin, the author of The Happiness Project, discusses on her blog how making your bed actually leads to a happier lifestyle. She states that making your bed is one of the quickest, easiest steps to keeping your mind and your bedroom orderly.
If you search the internet you will find many wellness coaches, blogs and books discussing how they believe making your bed every morning sets you up for a successful day.
I think we convince ourselves that we don’t have time to make our bed, but if you make it a priority it’s your first accomplishment of the day.
TREAT YOURSELF AFTER A LONG DAY
Perfect way to end your day
You know that feeling you get when you first check into a hotel or a bed and breakfast and the room is all tidy.
You crawl into the bed for the first time, the sheets are all tucked in, the pillows are all fluffed and the comforter is perfectly laying across the bed, you just snuggle right in!
That’s the same feeling you get when you climb into your own bed at the end of the day.
No fussing with the sheets because they are all waded up at one end of the bed, or the comforter that’s hanging off one side of the bed, or fluffing & reorganizing your pillows (or finding the one that landed on the floor).
There is something about walking into your tidy bedroom after a long day and snuggling into a perfectly made bed (that you created).
It’s like you are treating yourself with respect because you deserve a perfect ending to your day!