Making Your Bed Matters

Did you know that making your bed can improve your life? Yep, it’s true. This little (relatively simple) habit can bring a myriad of benefits to your sense of wellness. Here’s a few reasons why:

It promotes a sense of accomplishment

You’ll have just completed a task, and as you’re getting ready for your day, you’ll see your made bed and feel organized and on-top of things. Making your bed sets the tone for the rest of your day.

Creates a sense of positive well-being when going to bed

Have you ever come home after a long day and entered your room to feel relieved you are in your sanctuary of comfort? A tidy room with a made bed helps foster this feeling. Think about how nice it feels to enter a hotel room that is clean, clear, and made up. On the flip side, if you get home to a messy bed and clothes thrown everywhere it just adds more to your stress level, reminding you of the things you couldn’t get done. A made bed welcomes you to settle into your night with a happy feeling. 

Prevents embarrassment

Imagine leaving the house in a fluster and then coming home to a service person or an impromptu visitor who needs to get into your room. There you both are in that awkward noticing of a messy bedroom. A quick few minutes of making your bed prevents this.

It leads to other good habits

Good habits are a positive slippery slope. When we start doing one, others follow. If we make our bed, we are more likely to keep our room tidy. If our room is tidy, we are more likely to organize other parts of the house. When other parts of the house are tidy we feel better about our day. When we feel better about our day we are more productive in our lives and have more positive relationships with people we care about. And all that from just making your bed!

Linens and pillows keep their shape better and stay clean

The comforter or blanket keeps the dust off your sheets and your pillows. And yes, we do know about the report that suggests it’s better to not make your bed due to sunlight killing the bed bugs, however, we still feel like the benefits outweigh the negatives. And if you’re concerned about bed bugs, maybe make yourself a cup of coffee first, let the light hit the sheets and then make the bed. 

You can change the world one made bed at a time

Take it from General McRaven, who said, “if you can’t do the little things right, you’ll never do the big things right. If you want to change the world, start off by making your bed.

So, here we go Team Better friends…let’s start off this challenge session by making our beds. You’ll get all the benefits above and grab yourself some Team Better points too.

lorri sulpizio

About lorri sulpizio

Lorri is a former college-basketball coach and personal trainer, turned leadership professional. She is Director of the Leadership Institute at the University of San Diego and principal consultant at Lotus Leadership Institute. She loves anything fitness, reading and spending time with her kids and family.