Your mama was right. If you don’t believe her (and you should), maybe you’ll listen to a Navy SEAL. Adm. William H. McRaven, ninth commander of U.S. Special Operations Command, gives very convincing (and inspiring! and so eloquently put!) reasons on why making your bed is the start of good things. Possibly great things. Here’s the key excerpt, or watch his full commencement speech to the University of Texas.
“Every morning in basic SEAL training, my instructors, who at the time were all Vietnam veterans, would show up in my barracks room and the first thing they would do is inspect was your bed.
“If you did it right, the corners would be square, the covers pulled tight, the pillow centered just under the headboard and the extra blanket folded neatly at the foot of the rack.
“It was a simple task mundane at best. But every morning we were required to make our bed to perfection. It seemed a little ridiculous at the time, particularly in light of the fact that were aspiring to be real warriors, tough, battle-hardened SEALs. But the wisdom of this simple act has been proven to me many times over.
“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.
“If you can’t do the little things right, you will never do the big things right.
“And, if by chance you have a miserable day, you will come home to a bed that is made. That you made and a made bed gives you encouragement that tomorrow will be better.
“If you want to change the world, start off by making your bed.”
Did you get all that? Accomplish things, realize that the little things in life do matter, change the world!
All in setting aside a minute or two every morning. If that doesn’t convince you, then here are THREE MORE BENEFITS!
1. A freshly made bed can make a cluttered bedroom look tidy.
And if your decor style is bohemian-gypsy (i.e. you’ve got colourful trinkets and pillows everywhere), a made bed brings a little order to the chaos. We’re obviously with you on this one, bohemian decor lovers, it’s not actually chaos… some people just don’t understand great style 😉
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2. Reduce dust & allergies.
Having the covers pulled over and tucked in can reduce the amount of dust and allergens that can sneak between the sheets. This also applies to pet hair…
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3. Nothing beats a perfectly made bed at the end of a long day.
And what about all the anti-bedmakers who say that making your bed immediately upon waking up encourages mites and bacterial growth in your ‘just-slept-in-warm-and-possibly-sweaty’ sheets? Although this shouldn’t be an issue if you change your sheets once a week, if you’re worried about it, try this: fold your sheets back, get up, get the fair trade coffee going, go back and make your bed. Then change the world.