By Chris Gayomali
I used to never make my bed. I thought it to be one of those old fashioned practices my mother would bark when I was already one foot out the door to school in the morning. I thought, “No one’s ever going to see my bed, and I’m just going to get back in again, anyway.” For years afterward my bed was as it was; it lay there unmade without so much as a tucked in sheet.
But lately that’s begun to change, and I’m starting to take my time in the morning. Making your bed to start off your day is beneficial in the same way that eating a good breakfast is — it shapes how you act and feel for the rest of the day. It’s a deliberate practice of self-efficacy.
Still, no one is likely to see it (other than whoever you share your bed with), but that’s not the point. It’s a meditation. It shows that you don’t glaze over details, and that you can, in fact, do something good without having to be recognized for it. There’s no credit where credit is due, which is a good practice to observe in attempts to become a better person. Who knows? Maybe that same meticulousness will carry over into other parts of your life that need it too.
So go ahead. Add another 30-seconds to your morning routine and take the time to tuck in a few corners, maybe rearrange a few pillows. I can’t promise it will make you a better person, but I promise that for the day you’ll feel a bit less frazzled. That, and hopefully you’ll be pleasantly surprised when you come back to your all-the-more welcoming mattress at the tail-end of a long Monday.