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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.
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
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!