One Simple Trick Will Motivate You To Keep The Whole House Clean

one simple trick will motivate you to keep the house clean

Keeping my house clean has made a serious impact on my happiness. Although I am still working on implementing my housekeeping schedule, I have kept my kitchen clean and I feel so much more calm. The first two mini habits of this month were pretty large undertakings, so this week I am keeping it simple. This week, the new mini habit is making the bed.

 

I hardly ever make my bed.  It is something that I used to think was pointless. It is just going to get unmade again in a few hours anyway, right? Well the more research I do on happiness, the more I see making the bed as an important habit.

 

Surprisingly, there are many positive benefits that come with making the bed. Here are some of the reasons I have decided to start implementing this into my daily routine.

 

It’s Easy

Making the bed is really simple. My kids have been making their own beds since they were about 2.5, so I’m pretty sure that I can manage. Not only that, but you can do it in about 2 minutes, so it doesn’t even interfere with the rest of my schedule.

 

It Makes You Happier

Since the whole point of this series is finding more joy, I thought this was an important point to include. A study found that 71 percent of bed makers consider themselves happy while 62 percent of non-bed-makers admit to being unhappy. It also stated,

“Bed makers are also more likely to like their jobs, own a home, exercise regularly, and feel well rested, whereas non-bed-makers hate their jobs, rent apartments, avoid the gym, and wake up tired. All in all, bed makers are happier and more successful than their rumple-sheeted peers” (Read the whole article here).

Now that’s a pretty big deal. That is reason enough for me to at least try it out.

 

It Gives A Sense Of Accomplishment First Thing

Completing a task first thing in the morning sets the tone for a productive day. It will motivate you to keep checking items off your to do list and get more done.

 

Lowers Stress And Improves Mood

The bed is the focal point of the bedroom. When the bed is made, the whole room looks a little neater. Being constantly surrounded by chaos, clutter and messiness, makes me feel frazzled and overwhelmed. When my bedroom has some semblance of order, I definitely feel more relaxed and in control.

Encourages You To Keep The Rest Of The Room Clean

Once you see how much better your room feels when your bed is made, it may inspire you to attack the rest of it. It will also draw your attention to the things that could be improved. After I made my bed for the first time this morning, the pile of unfolded laundry on the dresser immediately caught my eye. I sorted, folded and hung up every piece and have now made plans to reorganize my closet.

 

I am really excited about the progress I am making in my home. Slowly but surely it is transforming from a place of overwhelming chaos into a home I am proud of. I hope this has given you motivation to make your bed every morning. I would love to hear about the progress you are making this month! Let me know in the comments below.

More From This Series:

Joyful Habit #5, Mini Habit 2
Joyful Habit #5, Mini Habit 1
Joyful Habit #5 – 5 Unexpected Ways A Clean Home Makes You Happier
Joyful Habit #4 – Exercise
Joyful Habit #3 – Eating For Happiness
Joyful Habit #2 – Wake Up Earlier
Joyful Habit #1 – Positive Mindset
Finding Joy In 2017

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31 Comments

  1. That feel so true! I confess I’ve been slacking on that lately, and also been slacking in general on housekeeping. I’ll try this tomorrow!

    1. I was right there with you, Emma! Implementing these mini habits has made all the difference. Good luck!

  2. I like getting the bed made early as it makes me feel organised and everything seems tidy. I think the mini habits ideas are great – not overwhelming but effective.

    1. Thanks for reading, Sue! I get overwhelmed easily in this area, so I knew I needed to start small in order to make effective, lasting changes. So far so good!

  3. I NEVER make my bed. Okay, well I did twice last week. I really need to make it a permanent habit, though, because everything you say is so true. Thank you for giving me a boost of motivation! Hopefully I can wake up tomorrow morning and instantly make my bed 🙂

  4. I used to never make my bed, I didn’t see the point. The next time I’d see the thing I’d be in it again. But now, as a SAHM the day is not happy if the bed is not made. And it is, like once the bed is made, I’m motivated to pick up anything around the bed, to get the full look.

  5. It seems I come from a very different perspective! I am more like a cleaning freak and I can see the difference it has made while raising a family because children never do what they are told, they emulate what they see and feel. Love that you are empowering and motivating women to understand the value of maintaining order in the home. Order is heaven’s first law 🙂
    Glad I found your post. Namaste

  6. All true, making the bed sets the tone for the morning. And I love coming back to a neat bedroom where I can relax in the evening. My next task is to have my son start making his bed, he’s 3, so close to the age your kids started.

  7. I totally agree about making the bed. It does make you feel better and sets the stage for a cleaner, neater home environment. I like your idea about building on mini-habits to gradually make big changes.

  8. I make my bed every day, but it takes me all of 60 seconds. We have a duvet, so I just pull it up, stick our jammies under the pillow and puff up the pillows. The sheets may be a bit crumpled underneath but so what? The bed looks good. And after all, as you said, we’re only going to climb in and mess them up again in the evening.

  9. Making the bed is the one thing that I don’t do unless I’m putting on fresh sheets lol. Maybe I should make it more. I am enjoying your joyful habit series.

  10. Oh my gosh, that’s so true! The house seems overwhelming and I (my family too) always feel better when it’s tidy. The bed does make it feel put together…I’m definitely going to make it a goal to make the bed for 2 weeks and assess. Thanks!

  11. It’s amazing how a simple task can have such a large impact. We are camping this weekend and when I make the bed in the camper, half of the whole camper is instantly clean (and I’m happy)!

  12. Yes! To me, even if the room is spotless it still ‘feels’ messy if the bed isn’t made. Plus nothing beats coming into a made bed at the end of a long day!

  13. Yes – totally agree. Those mornings where I feel frazzled and late I leave the bed a mess. Taking the time to slow down for a second to get that little task accomplished might just turn the whole day around. Thanks for sharing! Stop by my blog at CandaceWoesch.com to read one of my latest posts on 6 Habits of a Happy Millennial.

  14. My husband teases me about the bed being man-made (cover pulled up a little, but still messy) or wife-made… neat and tidy, but I, too, have learned the lesson you speak of… and it is SO nice to come to the bedroom in the evening or other times of the day and see that one area all neat and tidy… and it doesn’t take long to do. 🙂

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