Patricia A. Bucek
Make Your Bed
When I was growing up in my parent's home, a stipulation for leaving the bedroom in the morning was very clear: Make your bed and comb your hair. Both of these tasks absolutely needed to be completed before we could arrive at the breakfast table.
To understand the important of making your bed each morning, read the words of Naval Admiral William McRaven, the commander of U.S Special Operations, in a 2014 commencement speech at University of Texas at Austin. He said:
“If you make your bed every morning you will have accomplished the first task of the day. It will give you a small sense of pride and it will encourage you to do another task and another and another. By the end of the day, that one task completed will have turned into many tasks completed. Making your bed will also reinforce the fact that little things in life matter.”
The act of making your bed each morning (or if you work the late shift, whenever you arise) can reduce your stress levels more than you know. If you keep your bed clean and organized, it will reflect in your entire personal space and your state of mind. It’s important to feel everything in the right place so we can have a more organized mind and, consequently, a more organized life.
A messy bed can make your entire bedroom looks a mess, even if it’s not. This works also the other way around, specially if you have a tiny room. Making your bed in the morning will encourage you to keep the rest of your room tidy during the day. A well made bed with fluffed-up pillows will give your entire bedroom a beautiful and stylish look, as well as a clean and relaxing atmosphere.