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.
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