You are one of two kinds of people: you either make your bed religiously each morning or you don’t.
We aren’t here to judge (especially since I’m in the latter camp) BUT if you get up each morning and make your bed as a priority, and don’t race downstairs to scroll through your shiny smartphone instead, you’re a much more productive person.
If you crave a hospital corner, on paper (at least!) you are a much more organised, and a generally better person to live with.
Suddenly it all makes sense.
I mean, COME ON. Who looks this cheery making their bed? Only girls with thighs like her, that’s who.
I guess the thing is, after we stop being nagged by our parents to make our beds, the choice to do it or not becomes completely our own. And that’s where the true test of our personality comes to the fore.
A survey of 68,000 people by Hunch.com, revealed 59 per cent of people don’t make their beds, while 27 per cent do. The other 12 per cent pay someone to do it for them, lucky buggers. (Post continues after gallery.)
It comes down to this: pure laziness (and remember, I’m including my good self in that observation). We get up, we’ve got places to be, stuff to do and the last thing we feel is necessary is to fit the sheet back to the mattress and put the doona back on neatly.
But that’s where a lot of us are wrong, because:
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I guess, really, in the scheme of things, this chore, exercise should really take 5 minutes, tops. And if we think about how much extra time we spend on the loo these days scrolling on our smart phones, it just takes a bit of self discipline to make it happen.
You can even use those two minutes tucking and smoothing to go through your to-do list of the day and mentally prepare for what’s in store.
Naval Admiral William McRaven nails it in his commencement speech a the University of Texas, Austin:
If you make your bed every morning, you will have accomplished the first task of the day. It will give you a small sense of pride and it will encourage you to do another task and another and another.
By the end of the day, that one task completed will have turned into many tasks completed. Making your bed will also reinforce the fact that little things in life matter.
The thing is your bedroom is the only place in the house that is truly yours. It is your sanctuary and the one place you are allowed to be you. So if it not full of shoes and messy beds and books strewn all over the floor, you can internally relax.
There has been a recent surge in decluttering books and methods, more notably Marie Kondo’s declutter bible The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up, all linking clutter to higher levels of stress.
Most importantly, it helps declutter your MIND.