A few months ago Corrie and I were riding down the road and she was checking Facebook or Pinterest or something on her phone and she said “Why Making Your Bed Every Morning Will Change Your Life.” I thought, “Well that’s a little bit of an oversell.”
In full disclosure we aren’t really “make our bed every morning” people. We aren’t dirty. Our house is picked up and clean…most of the time, but in our house of 6 it’s just not one of the things that takes priority very often.
So, back to our car trip. Corrie starts reading the article aloud based on a graduation speech at the University of Texas, Austin from Naval Adm. William McRaven. 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.
As someone who loves checking things off a to-do list and is wired to be task-oriented, I can’t disagree with his premise.
So one day I came home from work and Corrie had made the bed after I left that morning. I have to be honest…I thought it meant we were having company over. The house looked amazing. Candles were burning throughout the house, so it smelled amazing too. Almost all of our laundry was done, which next to the Virgin Birth and the Resurrection of Jesus from the tomb is a miracle to be marveled. We can dirty up a lot of clothes. But Corrie had folded, hung up and put away everything that wasn’t still being washed or dried.
Come to find out she had started with making the bed that morning.
So we started making our bed every morning. As of this writing we are nearly 3 weeks in. Our house has never been so clean this many days in a row. Our cars are clean…for the most part. I cleaned out our garage the other day and we can actually park one of the cars in there. It’s been amazing how this one little tweak has changed the rhythm of our home.
Now I realize some people reading this already make their bed everyday. Others make their beds but their house is still a mess. Still others could care less about their bed. They share my brother’s sentiment growing up: “Why would I make the bed when I’m coming back to lay in it in just a few hours?”
I’m more interested in the principle of one small change impacting everything else.
What’s one thing you could change about your morning routine that would make a positive impact on your day? What’s something you could start doing, or stop doing, or do earlier, or later?
Commit today to trying it.
Do you make your bed everyday? Why or why not? Comment and let us know.