I heard someone say the other day, “If you want to take over the world, start by making your bed.”
Over the past two months I’ve listened to podcasts, read articles and had conversations with people around bed making and how it may be integral to happiness and productivity.
And trust me, I know how absurd all this may sound; what do fluffing up some pillows and wrinkling out a duvet have to do with being happy?
Well according to a survey conducted by Hunch.com using 68,000 participants, 59 per cent of people don’t make their beds, 27 per cent do and 12 per cent pay a housekeeper to do it. Here’s where it gets really interesting: of the people who do make their beds, 71 per cent consider themselves happy while 62 per cent of non-bed makers consider themselves unhappy.
4 Reasons Why Making Your Bed is Important
In his best selling book, The Power of Habit, Charles Duhigg says that making your bed in the morning is “correlated with better productivity, a great sense of well-being, and stronger skills at sticking with a budget.”
Here are some other compelling reasons why you should pick up this habit if you haven’t already:
- Sets off a chain reaction. The thing with bed making is that it allows you to accomplish one thing and creates a domino effect making you want to accomplish more.
- Establishes good habits. One of the things you’ll often find in successful people is a well-established morning routine. Whether it includes working out, practicing mindfulness or making a bed, it’s important to establish a good habit – especially first thing in the morning. It also acts as a gateway to other good habits.
- De-clutters your room. As they say, the state of your room is a good window into the state of your head. Having a visually appealing and tidy room can go a long way in helping to give you a calm state of mind.
- Increases happiness. As the Hunch.com survey showed, 71 per cent of bed makers consider themselves happy. It may sound insignificant but doing this little task allows you to feel in control of your life.
This simple task only takes a couple of minutes and yet holds so much power to it. So if you happen to be one of the 59 per cent of non-bed makers, why not give it a chance and see if it holds any truth? After all, the odds seem to be in your favour.