Do you leave the house without making your bed in the morning?

Do you feel the status of your bed displays your current mood? 

A recent survey by Hunch.com revealed that of a survey of 68,000 people, 59% DO NOT make their bed daily, while 27 % do. The remaining 12% pay someone to do it.

The state of your bed is the state of your head. 

In a world where life can easily feel out of control, the simple act of making a bed can easily help one feel accomplished. For clients who struggle with depression, I often encourage them to begin making their bed each day as a visual reminder they have completed a task. However, this act can be beneficial for anyone. Visual clutter or disorder can easily impact our emotional state. If one has a  difficult day and returns home to a cluttered house or bedroom, the prevailing mood can be enhanced. Returning home to a made bed can present a feeling of accomplishment and calm. There have been times in my life when I realized the days I was not making my bed were times when I was struggling with an issue emotionally.  Making my bed began to help me feel more in control of my emotions. Within the Hunch.com survey, 71% of bedmakers state they are happy while 62% state they are unhappy. Bed makers are more likely to enjoy their jobs, have regular workout routines and report high quality sleep. Non bedmakers generally report feeling more tired, have less satisfaction with their jobs and do not work out as often. Of course, these factors could only be correlations but it is something to consider. Still not sure you want to make your bed everyday? Research also shows that focusing upon one simple task (let’s be honest – making a bed is easy),  the improvement will likely spread to other habits such as eating better or working out. Perhaps this could help you with all of those goals. Today I challenge you to begin a week of making your bed. Make note of how you feel after you have completed the task and how you feel when you come home in the evening. Does the task take as long as you feel it does or are you simply rushing out of the room without considering it important?

What are your thoughts on making your bed everyday? 

11 Comments

  1. Beth Kondrick on August 16, 2017 at 10:59 am

    I absolutely have to make my bed everyday. Not only does it lead to a cleaner feeling house, but I can’t sleep in an unmade bed, lol!

    • Sheryl @ How to Make a Life on August 16, 2017 at 6:54 pm

      I am the same way, there is no way I could fall into a bed that hasn’t been straightened and made (my husband still doesn’t get that). 🙂

  2. Glamamom® on August 16, 2017 at 2:55 pm

    I am in total agreement! I was once interviewed for the today show and gave this too for living a more glamorous life 🙂

  3. Charlotte on August 16, 2017 at 3:31 pm

    it’s really funny that you mention this because I just had a chat with my aunt about this very thing… sometimes i leave it for a while in the morning but it nags in the corner of my mind… and on days when I do make the bed, I find I’m relieved when I come back in the room and see it tidy. Who knew it’s an actual thing?!

    • Sheryl @ How to Make a Life on August 16, 2017 at 6:53 pm

      I know!! This is really one of the big things my Mom passed down to me. You can have a really horrible day and come home to a made bed and it doesn’t seem as bad or you can have that really horrible day and come home to an unmade bed that simply seems to be the outward version of how you feel. It really is the small things in life that help us.

  4. Akaleistar on August 16, 2017 at 7:13 pm

    I try to make my bed every morning, so at least I’m doing one thing right. Lol.

  5. Lynn on August 17, 2017 at 9:12 am

    I never make our beds, but when I do, it always brings a smile to my face when I walk into the bedrooms. I really should do it more. It takes less than 5 minutes to do all our rooms.

  6. Crystal @ Dreams, etc. on August 17, 2017 at 4:59 pm

    There was a time in my life where I never made my bed and once I heard that quote I started to. It made such a difference! I find that I become more irritable when I’m not making my bed/when my room is more cluttered than usual. It enhances any frustrations I have. I also know that I sleep better when I make my bed and if I don’t make my bed I’m more likely to sleep in strange positions, that tweak my neck and shoulders and give me headaches the next day. It’s amazing how something so simple and seemingly unimportant can actually make a huge difference!

  7. Brooke @ wreckingroutine on August 20, 2017 at 12:30 am

    I HAVE to make the bed every day. Otherwise I feel like a mess.

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