Laura’s Thoughts: Why Making your Bed Matters

Making your bed is a simple act with powerful consequences. To rise in the morning and complete the first task of the day will give you motivation to do more; to accomplish more. The bed also represents you. Few things in your home are more personal. Making your bed is a reflection of your discipline, your pride and your well being.

Admiral William McRaven, author of recent New York times bestselling book: “Make Your Bed: The Little Things That Can Change Your Life…. And Maybe The World” explains how making your bed can have more than just an imediate impact on your day.

As a Navy Seal he was encouraged to make his bed to perfection as the first task of the day, to which he was inspected on.  He found this riculous at the time but realised the wisdom behind it was that completion of this first task of the day will have a snowball effect on the rest of your day, week, year and life!  Have a listen on the Business Insider here:

The world, however is divided into two kinds of people: Those who make their beds, and those who just…don’t. If you’re part of the latter group, it’s time to get your act together!  Why you might ask?  Well, besides the fact that McRaven states you may change the world there are infact other reasons to do so…


It Lowers Stress + Improves Your Mood

Ok so we spend 1/3 of our lives in bed (I know I harp on about this but it’s a fact) and so the look of our bedroom is very important.  It’s hard to feel calm, relaxed and balanced when you are surrounded by disorganisation. A properly made bed instantly makes the entire room look pulled together, creating a subtle vibe of togetherness.

In her fantastic book (which I highly recommend) “The Happiness Project” Gretchen Rubin found that one of the most common simple changes that led to happiness was learning to make the bed each morning. What else can you do so much to make you happy with so little effort, and in so little time?


It Leads to Better Productivity

By making your bed your forming a positive habit.  Picking one little task to improve your situation, and doing it regularly, can help you regain a sense of self-mastery.


It Contributes to a Better Sleep

It’s not all about your bedroom looking good.  It’s true what has been proven by Sleep Experts that the temperature of your room, lighting, noise and the overall cleanliness of your space does make a different to the quality of your sleep. Keeping these variables consistent encourages solid sleeping habits.  Getting into an unmade bed leads to restless sporadic sleep patterns.


So What Are You Waiting For?

It’s a simple task that takes less than 5 minutes: strip everything off expect your FITTED SHEET.  Shake your DUVET COVER and lay back on the bed. I like to place my Pillows on top of the duvet cover and like to place my SQUARE PILLOWCASES at the front.  Lastly place a HERRINGBONE BLANKET over the end of your bed to complete the look as show above!

Laura x

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