When I was a little girl, I remember how my mother always made my sister and I make our bed every morning.
I did it because my mother told me to, I never questioned her why.
On those days that we woke up late and straight to the living room to watch television, my mother would go nuts and yelled at us to make our bed first.
I can assure you, when that happened, the whole town could get the same reminder, if you get what I mean.
Hilarious, if I make myself to remember of it.
From my own experience, and what I have learnt from my mother, I found there are 5 possible reasons why making your bed is a good habit.
It Starts My Day Off Right
A few weeks back, my mother sent me a video, about a Navy Admiral William H. McRaven. This is an inspiring and powerful 20 minutes commencement speech I have ever heard. It is on point and offers some fantastic and business lessons.
If you want to change the world, start off by making your bed.
“If you can’t do the little things right, you will never do the big things right.”
As small as it may sound but it gives us a sense of satisfaction like, “Hey, I’ve done one task in the morning!” Which I believed it is very true. Mini but mighty, huh?
It Encourage Me To Keep The Rest of My Room Tidy
I was listening to a podcast by Gretchen Rubin on her Happiness Project write up. She brought up the resolution to “Make Your Bed” on why we should make our bed every morning. Making our bed is a the easiest and quick step, yet make a big difference. It helps to make everything else look neater. It also encourages me to spend an extra few minutes each day to clean one spot each day which helps save my time rather than investing few hours of cleaning every weekend.
It Gives A Sense of Satisfaction
Remember I told you I made my bed when I was a little girl, but I didn’t tell you I chucked the habit throughout of the window when I left to college because my mother was not there to remind me anymore. I made my bed whenever I feel like to or think I have time to do so. I will just fold the blanket and throw it back on the bed, without even making any effort to re-do the bedsheets. But what I didn’t realise by chucking off the good habit was that I lose one point of satisfaction as soon as I wake up in the morning. For years, I didn’t realise I was missing the feelings till now especially when my mother spare her time to send me a video reminder by Admiral William. I started the habit again and that very small gesture actually has given me a sense of feelings of making a step ahead toward satisfaction. However, I also do realise that the opposite of a great truth is also true, some other people, my boyfriend especially he prefers to not make so much time to make his bed. I learn that everyone’s happiness and satisfaction is different.
It Sets The Tone for My Day
A decluttered bed makes for a decluttered bedroom. Without I even know it, it helps to declutter my mind and set the right tone for my day. If you get my point, I try to learn not to grab my phone and checked on the social media, Whatsapps or emails notifications as soon as I open my eyes but first thing I do was recite “Alhamdullilah, thank you Allah for another day” and walk myself up to start my morning routine, which making my bed was one of it. I don’t mean to be cheesy here but as cheesy or cliche as it may sound, this gratitude habit really helps to set the tone of my day before any other chaos starts through the day.
It Creates A Great Retreat & Other Good Habit
I am not saying that I never had a bad day just because I make my bed. We all have ‘one of those day’, don’t we? There are days that I just want to leave home from work, collapsing into my mattress and curling up in my sheets. When that day happens, it really does create a great retreat knowing that my bed is already made, waiting for me to rest and relax in. What I am trying to say here, once the act of making my bed becomes a ritual, I find that other good habits will naturally follow. I now keep my clothes off the floor, dusting off a spot a day and it develops towards the entire house. Before I knew it, whenever I reached home from a very long day, the whole house becomes a wonderful and restful retreat. And that makes me feels at ‘home’, no other place better than my own home, my sacred place.