Growing up I’m sure your parents hounded on you to make your bed, some of us did it right away and others groaned. No matter where you stand here are our 5 reasons why you should make the bed:

  1. It helps keep things clean.

Making the bed won't keep dust way, but by covering your sheets and mattress with a comforter, quilt, or duvet, you minimize the surface area on which dust can collect. Making your bed can also help contain pet shedding to a small area, as pets will only have immediate access to your bed's topmost layer.

  1. It saves you time.

Sounds strange right? Although it may seem like you're losing precious minutes in the morning, you could actually save more time if you get up and make your bed immediately. You will save time used constantly pushing the snooze button since you won't want to go back to sleep and ruin perfectly straight sheets. The hardest part, though, is actually getting out of bed. Not to mention it takes less than five minutes to do.

  1. It is the first small victory of the day.

It's the first finished task of the day that you can check off your list. Although it may be minor, you can feel a small sense of accomplishment, which can help start you off feeling confident every morning and affect your self-esteem throughout the day. Additionally, it's a great habit to pass on to kids, if you have them. Finally, after a long and difficult day, nothing feels better than crawling under a freshly turned bed.

  1. It creates a positive state of mind as you go to bed.

We’ve all been there. You’ve had a stressful day and all you can think about is getting to bed. You get to your room and it’s just how you left it, a mess! The bed isn’t made and there are clothes everywhere. This just drops your mental state even lower as you climb into your messy bed.

Do you recall how you feel when you stay at a hotel? You enter the room and it’s tidy. Right away your mood elevates and you look forward to climbing into the crisply made bed. You can create this mood and setting at home everyday.

  1. It prevents embarrassment.

I’m sure it’s happened to all of us at some point, you leave the house in a rush, and when you get home you have an unexpected visitor. You socialize for a little while and then they ask to use the restroom, which happens to be close your bedroom. You say you don’t care, but I bet there is something inside that just nags with a bit of embarrassment. If you had spent just a couple of minutes in the morning making your bed, the whole room would appear tidier as the bed is the center of attention, not to mention you won’t have the embarrassment.