“Why should I make my bed?”
This question may sound may sound like a petulant teenager being difficult, but “because I said so” is far from the only answer. Here’s why you really should make your bed:
You will be more productive
“Start as you mean to go on” is a saying we all know, but how often do we actually follow this advice? Think about it: making your bed in the morning means you’ve already ticked something off your to-do list, which should kick-start the rest of your day. US Navy Admiral William H McCraven, author of Make Your Bed: Little Things That Can Change Your Life… And Maybe The World, advises: “It will give you a small sense of pride, and it will encourage you to do another task, and another, and another. And by the end of the day that one task completed will have turned into many tasks completed.”
Your entire bedroom could benefit
A beautifully-made bed instantly makes your bedroom look more pristine. Plus, if there are other areas of the room that could do with a little TLC or decluttering, the contrast of those with your bed could encourage you to get cracking and make the entire space clean and tidy. Check out our bedroom feng shui tips for more inspiration.
It keeps your bed cleaner
Putting a duvet or quilt on top of your bed will keep the dust off your sheets. It also means that any pets will only be able to sleep on the top layer (unless, like us, you have a cat that’s obsessed with burying themselves under the duvet – then it’s time to keep that bedroom door shut).
It boosts your mood
The appearance of your bedroom is very important for your mental health, especially when you consider that you spend about a third of your life there. It’s well-documented that decluttering is good for the soul, so having a nice clean finish in your bedroom – where the bed is the main focus - is paramount. After all, when your bed is calling after a tiring day, cocooning yourself in a clean and cosy bed is pure bliss. Which brings us onto…
You will sleep better
Research has shown that people who regularly make their bed are more likely to say that they get a good night’s sleep more often. Studies also show that the cleanliness of your bedroom may help you sleep better. Furthermore, experts claim that having a nighttime ritual – such as turning down the bed, spritzing some sleepy spray, playing a soothing playlist and turning off devices – can help signal that it’s time to go to sleep. So make your bed in the morning - after all, making your bed as part of that ritual doesn’t quite have the same effect, does it?
How to make your bed
So now you’ve decided to make your bed every morning, the next question is how you should you make it. Here are a few simple tips:
- Use a fitted sheet, then a flat sheet as well – this creates a smooth sleeping surface with the added benefit of giving the base a crisp, clean look. Aim for neat corners when you put the flat sheet on.
- When the time comes to put a fresh duvet cover on, you could do it the usual way by matching up the corners and giving it a shake. However, to eliminate those annoying lumps you could try the ‘burrito’ technique which involves laying out the duvet cover inside out and rolling the duvet in a sausage. You can find tutorials online on how to do this.
- Perfect your pillows. To get that comfy hotel look, prop your pillows against the headboard or wall in height order, starting with the tallest at the back.
Inspired to make the rest of your home look amazing? Here are five thing to declutter right now to get you started.