Making your bed. It always sounds like a good idea and once it’s done, you can’t help but notice how much cleaner your room looks, but sometimes you just have no urge or energy. Call it laziness or lack of motivation, either way, some people don’t see a need for making their bed. While it may seem completely aesthetic, making your bed can actually help you move smoothly throughout the rest of your day. Don’t believe me? Well then check out the research below and see what you think!
According to Apartment Therapy, making your bed is considered a “keystone habit”. Keystone habits are those routines that, if you can identify them, spill over to other habits. By changing or cultivating keystone habits, we can help other habits to flourish by creating new structures, and establish cultures where change becomes contagious. A keystone habit is essentially a catalyst for other good habits. I like to think of it as a “domino effect”. By making your bed in the morning, you’ll make other good choices throughout the day that will eventually and over time lead to a healthier and more satisfying lifestyle. If you leave your bed and room in a mess, than you leave your house for the day feeling disheveled and overwhelmed. If you straighten up your room and make your bed, you’ll leave feeling organize and ready for the day ahead.
One of the contributors to Apartment Therapy tested out the theory of the keystone habit of making her bed. She made her bed for ten days in a row after never making it in the past and here’s what she discovered:
“So far I’ve made my bed for 10 days in a row. And here’s what I’ve noticed: Making my bed inspires me to get my kids to make their beds. Which inspires me to get them to clean their rooms. Which inspires me to do the laundry, the dishes, and to pick up abandoned stuffed animals, dropped underwear (theirs! not mine), and newspapers-turned-light-sabers as I corral my two toddlers out the door to school. I look at my watch to see that it is 8am and the house is an unusual shade of clean before coffee. I’m smiling.”
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