A tidy 2-minute daily habit I do each morning

The one habit I do each morning without fail is…. make my bed.  I am a big advocate for making the bed each day. Not only will it make your room look nice and tidy, but you will feel a sense of accomplishment and organisation before your day has even begun.  It’s unbelievable how such a simple 2-minute task can put you in a positive mindset for the rest of the day. I’ve put together a list of reasons why making the bed is worth your time and energy!

Making the bed is a 2-minute daily habit I do each morning without fail.  Even if I am running late I always pull up the sheets, which really only takes a few seconds.  It’s putting the pillows and throw on that takes a little extra time…. like another 90 seconds, if that.

I’m a bit of a ‘quilt cover collector’ I can pass up a pretty quilt and I am totally loving this look!  I used a round beach towel as my throw over the white quilt cover as I thought it was gorgeous, beautiful soft colours, perfect tones for my bedroom.

REDUCES STRESS

I’m sure that making your bed sits pretty low on the priority list. But it’s important to understand how completing even the smallest of tasks lifts a huge weight off our shoulders. By making your bed, you are essentially eliminating clutter. Decluttering is a therapeutic method and helps eliminate stress and tension.

POSITIVE MINDSET

It’s true, there’s nothing quite like the feeling of hopping into a crisply made bed. It’s a two-minute task that has the amazing ability to put us in an elevated state of mind and ignites a positive mood for the day ahead.

INCREASES PRODUCTIVITY

It might not seem like much, but taking two minutes out of your morning to make your bed sets the tone for the rest of the day. That feeling of accomplishment is inspiring and motivates us to tackle the day head-on.

MAKES YOUR ROOM LOOK CLEANER

A messy bed can make a room look unnecessarily untidy and dirty. That’s why simply making your bed can make the messiest of rooms look that little bit better.

CREATING GOOD HABITS

Making your bed every morning is a habit that makes you feel good. When you’ve made the bed, you find other tasks to complete that can prolong that feeling. Organisation gets addictive. These initial shifts in our behaviour help other good habits form, it’s a domino effect. Once you start, you realise how simple and quick it is to finish these tasks. Before you know it, you will have created lasting habits and will spill into other rooms of the house.

HEALTH BENEFITS

Besides the mental benefits mentioned, making the best also has physical advantages too. When the covers are pulled up during the day, it means that less dust and allergens are able to find a home between your sheets. Results also collected from the National Sleep Foundation (NSF) suggested that people sleep much better and for longer when they’ve climbed into a made bed.

SETTING A GOOD EXAMPLE

If you want your kids to start making their bed themselves, you need to set a good example for them to follow. If you leave your bed in shambles every morning, they will simply think that’s the norm and copy you. This makes it harder for them to break the habit at a later stage in life. So make sure you encourage your children to make their bed each morning. Monkey see, monkey do!

MAKING YOUR ROOM AN ESCAPE

Can you recollect the feeling of staying in a hotel? Walking into a hotel room where the bed is perfectly made with crisp corners and sharply folded sheets. We can recreate those feelings every day within our own homes! Our bedrooms are our personal escape from the world where you should feel most at peace. Coming home from a long day of work and seeing your bed should make you feel at ease, not distressed. It’s your personal retreat, make the most of it.

What one daily habit do you do each day to help you feel more organised?

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26 comments

Mel October 6, 2016 - 7:19 AM

I usually make our beds late afternoon. We have quilts and fitted sheets that’s it so it’s not a big task. I always thought it was good to ‘air them out’ during the day as we’ve been snuggled in the all night. But now I’m thinking that I’m doing it wrong…eek!

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Katrina - The Organised Housewife October 6, 2016 - 7:44 AM

Once I get out of bed I pull the sheets back to air out, have my shower and when I have finished getting dressed I usually make the bed, before I leave my bedroom. This is enough time to air out 🙂

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Nancy October 6, 2016 - 9:06 AM

Where did you buy that gorgeous quilt cover from?

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Katrina - The Organised Housewife October 6, 2016 - 12:27 PM

Hi Nancy, I put all the links to where I purchased htem just below the image, see get the look 🙂

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Mandy October 6, 2016 - 9:37 AM

Routine Routine Routine… if feels good when its all done! I start at one end of the house and work my way to the kitchen it only takes about 20 mins in the morning to do the whole house excluding washing the clothes and vacuuming (Saturday jobs)

* A tip from me! Turn off all electricity points that you don’t need on it does save $$$

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Julia K October 6, 2016 - 9:41 AM

If it’s a nice sunny day when I’m changing my sheets – I will also take the pillows, quilt and mattress topper and peg them on the line to air out. Sometimes I give them a good spray with Febreze or Glen 20 (or you could even use the Eucalyptus spray) – then leave them in the sunshine until early afternoon. Give them a good shake out before placing back on the bed and making the bed up with fresh sheets.
Best feeling in the world – having a nice shower and then climbing into a freshly made bed !

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Janine Bone October 6, 2016 - 12:41 PM

I’ve seen those round beach towels online and thought “how cool!”, but even cooler is to put it on the bed! Instant bed makeover! I love it Kat, thanks!

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Katrina - The Organised Housewife October 6, 2016 - 1:55 PM

Yes, and with the white quilt base can change over the colours often!

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Laura Trotta October 6, 2016 - 3:08 PM

I’ve never been good at making my bed (think I rebelled against the daily room inspection by my parents growing up). You’ve convinced me to consider making it a daily habit once again. 🙂

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Mrs R October 6, 2016 - 7:33 PM

I absolutely love your bed!!! I’d love to know where you got it!!!!

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Eliza Whalley October 6, 2016 - 9:09 PM

I am a daily bed maker, as soon as we’re all up and about. It sets the tone for the day ahead and gives you an organised mindset. The kids now join in and do a great job. No matter how they have done their beds (toys, animals and pillow arrangements are sometimes interesting), they stay like that for the day because they’ve had a go and done a great job.

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Leanne October 7, 2016 - 10:11 AM

I always make our bed every morning as well, just always have. I also have to do the dishes in the morning and leave the kitchen tidy when I go to work, just makes me feel that Im starting the day right.

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Belinda October 7, 2016 - 10:16 AM

I 100% agree! The bed has to be made every morning. It’s just a good way to start the day and like you said, there is nothing quite like the feeling of hopping into a nicely made bed at the end of the day. The only thing better is climbing under the covers on clean sheets day!

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Melanie October 7, 2016 - 10:38 AM

My newly-teenaged daughter still struggles to make her bed some mornings – although I think it’s more of a rebellious thing – but my tween son and I have always had “bed-making races” in the morning. It’s a mad dash to see who can pull up the sheets, blanket, doona, arrange the throw pillows and open the blinds, first. He usually wins, because… single bed. 😉

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Bev October 7, 2016 - 4:07 PM

I get up, put a load of washing on, stick on the kettle, empty the dishwasher, and then while my porridge cooks I make my bed. If your dishes r done and the beds made your house always looks tidy.

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Kerrie January 2, 2017 - 8:11 AM

I love your new bed, where is it from? Many thanks

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Nicola November 1, 2018 - 8:35 AM

I really want to know this too. I always have bed envy when I see your lovely timber frame. I’m thinking of getting it custom built as I’m sure wherever you got it from doesn’t make them anymore. Do you still love it Kat?

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Robyn January 2, 2017 - 9:36 AM

We make the bed everyday before we go downstairs. Our room always looks tidy.

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Kat January 4, 2017 - 7:22 PM

This is one thing that I have to do myself every morning, gives me a sense of organisation that and doing the dishes is a must before I walk out the door , then on walking in after a long day at work , I feel more relaxed and at ease not walking into a mess

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SALLY LOCKREY October 28, 2020 - 9:09 AM

I use a slightly damp face washer each
morning to wipe over sink etc after cleaning teeth even better if you have some one who shaves there. Looks so clean, even if not done to 100%. Mentally wonderful. Same with bed as you Kat.

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Katrina - The Organised Housewife October 29, 2020 - 1:54 PM

Great tip Sally! I like to give my benches a wipe down each day too 🙂 Kat x

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Loretta March 31, 2021 - 6:46 AM

Hi For the article A TIDY 2-MINUTE DAILY HABIT I DO EACH MORNING re buying your bed/bedhead as it is very nice, there was no link attached re get the look. Can you please let me know
regards Loretta

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Loretta March 31, 2021 - 6:49 AM

Hi
For the article re making your bed daily, I’d like to source where you bought your bed/bedhead as it is very nice, there was no link attached re get the look. Can you please let me know
regards Loretta

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Loretta March 31, 2021 - 6:49 AM

Hi
I’d like to source where you bought your bed/bedhead as it is very nice, there was no link attached re get the look. Can you please let me know
regards Loretta

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Kate April 9, 2021 - 9:15 AM

Hi Loretta, I bought it from Domayne about four years ago. I had to remove the links from Get the look as a lot of them were no longer valid. Thanks Kat x

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Suezi October 27, 2021 - 5:37 AM

I too am a keen subscriber to making the bed in the morning, and have encouraged my kids to do the same…however, I resist going in and “remaking” their beds the way I think they should look with hospital corners, throws, pillows, cushions etc as this undermines their effort. Each Saturday when we change the sheets, I make the bed with them and it is then that I put my personal touch encouraging them to think about presentation. As they get older, they’ve adopted their own style of design and I have to bite my tongue and just go with it because it is THEIR room, not mine and I want them to feel a massive sense of belonging and contribution through the choices they can make without being stifled, but it’s still difficult for me to hold myself back.

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