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One of the quickest and easiest ways to make a big impact on the overall neatness of your bedroom is to just take a few minutes and make your bed. I know, I know — pretty much everyone hates making their bed. You don’t see the point, since you’re just going to get back in it later. Or you’re rebelling against a childhood of being made to make the bed every morning. Or you think your bed needs to “breathe” and not making it is the way to accomplish that. There are a million excuses not to make your bed, and I have heard them all.
Taking a moment to straighten up your bedding creates an orderly and neat focal point in what might be an otherwise messy disaster.
But consider the potential positives: for one, taking a moment to straighten up your bedding creates an orderly and neat focal point in what might be an otherwise messy disaster. And even though a made bed doesn’t magically turn the rest of your bedroom clean, it can help you to focus on the potential of a clean room, as well as giving you a home base to work from when you do start working on everything else in the room.
There’s also the fact that seeing a made bed can serve as a kind of reassurance that your mess isn’t permanent; it’s changeable, and it’s entirely under your control. Exerting a small amount of control over the chaos by quickly straightening up your bed can be pretty empowering as an indication of what you’re capable of accomplishing with just a small amount of effort.
Those who make their bed reported getting a good night’s sleep at a higher rate than those who don’t make their bed.
There’s even scientific evidence that suggests making your bed is overall better for you and your sleep habits. A study by the National Sleep Foundation found that those who make their bed every day or most days reported getting a good night’s sleep at a higher rate than those who don’t make their bed. And if you needed any encouragement to wash your sheets more often, the study also reports that a majority of people say they get a more comfortable night’s sleep in a bed with fresh sheets.