Do you always feel rushed in the morning? I get that. Shower, skin care routine, makeup, grooming, getting dressed, sometimes changing outfits (because I didn’t plan the night before and now, nothing matches). On top of that, sometimes I make my lunch in the morning. Again, in these cases, I got undisciplined and didn’t prepare it the night before. Bad dobby! Oh, and what’s that mess? My bed! I need to make my bed, too! The struggle is real.
“Girl, Wash Your Face” — described by Buzzfeed News as a massive best-seller with a dark message — wasn’t really about face washing, but I’m sure that skincare brands were grateful when people took it simply as a reminder. Anyway, here’s a similar reminder:
Girl, make your bed!
(I apologize for calling you “girl,” I realize it sounds inauthentic and maybe even demeaning, I had to do it to make this headline work.)
Really though, you should always try to make your bed! This is a small investment in a great day ahead. And I’ll tell you why.
According to The National Sleep Foundation, making our beds might be more meaningful than any other morning chore. The results of a recent “Bedroom Poll” showed that many people consider tidiness and comfort of their bedroom environment to be critical for a good night’s sleep. Forget about sheep counting. Herd those sheep. Tidy ’em up like a Border Collie!
In the survey, a whopping 62 percent indicated that a clean bedroom affects the quality of sleep they get. And 19 percent were more inclined to get a good night’s sleep every night if they made their bed in the morning.
A couple of days ago, I got a Kindle Edition of “Make Your Bed: Little Things That Can Change Your Life… And Maybe the World,” written by the U.S. Navy SEAL Vice Admiral William McRaven, who expressed the same advice in a TEDTalk that went viral. As the book title suggests, the first piece of advice he gives is: make your bed every morning. It will be your first accomplishment of the day, which will also give you a small sense of pride and will encourage you to carry on with other tasks. It will help you realize that little things in life matter because if we can’t do the little things right, we won’t be able to do the big things right.
Admiral McRaven explained: “And, if by chance you have a miserable day, you will come home to a bed that is made — that you made — and a made bed gives you encouragement that tomorrow will be better. If you want to change the world, start off by making your bed.”
Hunch.com surveyed 68,000 people and found out that 59 percent don’t make their beds while 27 percent do. Did you know that 12 percent pay a housekeeper to make it for them? Not in the Obama’s case, they don’t!
Michelle Obama “begged” housekeepers of the White House not to make her daughter’s beds. She insisted that Malia and Sasha make their own beds: “these girls have to learn how to clean their own rooms and make their beds and do their laundry.” Obama shared this private matter in the Netflix documentary “Becoming.” The former First Lady added: “Because they will not live here forever, and I am not raising kids that don’t know how to make a bed.”
Malia and Sasha objected to that, saying that Michelle had to make her own bed, too. She had a typical mother answer: “I’m like, I’m the first lady, and I have the degree!”
I think Michelle is onto something and just wants her kids to realize some independence, practical skills/awareness, and discipline, so that they can be happy. Interestingly enough, there is some correlation between making your bed and overall happiness. Remember that Hunch.com survey I told you about? Of course you do, it was just two paragraphs ago! Well, 71 percent of bed makers say they are happy, while 62 percent of non-bed makers claim they are unhappy.
Gretchen Rubin, an author who has written books about happiness, told Elite Daily that a made bed can affect your psyche. She said, “Your bed is a symbol of you. There’s something about having your bed feel orderly that makes your life feel that way.”
Moreover, Rubin told Elite Daily that making your bed is a habit that leads to happiness, or at least seems to accompany it. This was mentioned by people, again and again, during her research. Rubin said, “It’s a pretty trivial thing, but over and over people say that getting control of this little action makes them feel more in control of their life, generally.”
Making a bed is nothing new to me. I was brought up with the understanding that this is a must-do chore, every morning, before going to school. My room was always neat and organized. And I always slept like a baby. Maybe because I kind of was a baby…
Are you still skeptical? Girl, stop being a princess, just make your bed! (Ugh, again, I’m sorry.)