8 Reasons to Make Your Bed in the MorningGina Vaynshteyn

Right now, my bed is totally unmade. It’s also supporting the weight of several books, a journal, two sweaters, my phone (I think that’s where it is at least), my cat, probably a couple pairs of rogue socks, and me.

One of my New Year’s Resolutions was to start making my bed (every single day, not just on weekends when friends come over) and to stop working in bed. I even decorated the guest bedroom/office in order to lure me out of my fortress, but the comfort of my sheets and pillows is far too great. As a result, my bedroom looks horribly unorganized, and it takes me forever to fall asleep at night. Not good.

I’ve learned (but haven’t followed through, obviously) that making your bed is one of the easiest ways to make your life better. That’s right. Do as I say, not as I do. Making your bed is one of life’s greatest illusions; it’s much like putting on a pair of glitter flats, tinted lip balm, and pretending you’re not devastatingly hung-over. Here are eight more reasons why making the bed every morning is vital:

1. It makes your bed way more inviting for later on.

I think this is one the reasons why I’m having issues falling asleep at night (that and the looming future, and really addicting shows on Netflix that I insist on watching at 11pm – I’m neurotic and really smart, you guys). My bed just doesn’t look very comforting when it’s such a hot mess and there’s so much crap on top of it. I want my bed to be waiting for me with open arms and tucked-in sheets. Also, if you don’t make your bed, you can never find the fitted sheet right away, and end up settling on sleeping under the comforter, which is not quite right. Never settle.

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2. “The state of your bed is the state of your head”

Don’t you love it when sayings rhyme? It makes them so much more legitimate. Anyway, this saying is true. When you make your bed in the morning, you are setting yourself up for a much more productive day because you ALREADY feel productive even before having breakfast. You will also feel less stressed when you come home from work or school and see a much more put together room all ready for you when you decide to hit the hay.

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3. Your bedroom will look so much better.

Forget vacuuming and dusting (for now, at least). Making your bed is the simplest way to make your room look good without exerting too much energy.

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4. If you make your bed, you’re more likely to be productive AND spend less money.

According to Charles Duhigg, author of The Power of Habit,  you are more likely to get sh*t done throughout the day. You also don’t spend money as frivolously. Which may explain why I just bought a dress from Modcloth. Should have made my bed. Oops.

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5. You get to show off your bedding.

What’s the point of buying cute sheets if they’re thrown about? This is the time to accentuate your bedspread, your chic quilt, and adorable matching pillows (if you’re into that kind of thing).

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  1. I love this! I’ve been making my bed everyday ever since junior high. It could also be because of my OCD. Lol

  2. I insist on making the bed… my husband begrudgingly helps. I just like how neat and clean the room looks and I completely agree with the fact it makes it more inviting later on in the evening!

    Plus, when we don’t make the bed several days in a row, my husband and I wind up fighting over the covers because they’re usually in a giant knot by the end of the week…

    To me, taking 2 minutes to pull the blankets up daily (14 minutes on average weekly) saves us from having to completely remake the bed right before going to sleep on the seventh day (which usually takes almost a half hour since we have to un-knot the covers and figure out which direction they go in all while grumpy and sleepy). If nothing else, it saves us in arguments!

    I agree with all on this list but the spending money bit… can’t help it. I just love to shop and even making my bed can’t cure that love! :)

  3. Making my bed so I can lie there forever.

  4. Yeah, but it’s really hard to make your bed in the morning when your significant other wakes up for work an hour after you leave!

  5. All good points.. but I refuuuuuuse to make the bed (morning, afternoon or evening). I just hate it!
    I think it started when my mom would MAKE me clean up my room when I was a tennager.
    I can’t get over it…. Can I blame my mom for this trauma, please? It would make m look less lazy :P

    • No you can’t blame your poor mother! I bet she had it hard; looking after people takes effort and you only had your own room to take care of! Don’t be lazy and just get it done! :D