Successful Home Organisation Begins With Small Daily Habits
Success is the sum of small efforts – repeated day in and day out. – Robert Collier
There are some tasks you do, for the purpose of having a clean and organised home, that achieve a whole lot more with less effort!
Would you believe, that the habit of making your bed is one of those tasks?
Yes, for 2 minutes of daily effort, this task has a multitude of benefits and significant flow on effects. This key habit leads to successful home organisation!
Why I Make My Bed Most Days
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Making Your Bed Leads To Increased Productivity
Yes, making your bed every morning can lead to getting more stuff done during your day. Sounds good!
Charles Dughill notes in his book, The Power of Habit,“… making your bed every morning is correlated with better productivity, a greater sense of well being and stronger skills at sticking with a budget.”
Who doesn’t want to be able to stick to a budget more easily?
Dughill goes on to describe how the task of making your bed each day is what’s called a ‘keystone habit’. Keystone habits refer to those habits that are considered more important than all other habits. According to Duhigg, they “start a process that, over time, transforms everything”.
Regular exercise would be another example of a keystone habit because the benefits of being fit and healthy automatically leads to other positive changes in your life.
Making Your Bed Gives You A Feeling Of Accomplishment
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In a 2014 commencement speech to graduates, US Navy Admiral William McRowan shared with them this wisdom,
“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. If you can’t do the little things right, you will never do the big things right.”
You may think that successful home organisation is all about the big things! Like, having a super organised pantry or linen cupboard. Or it means not struggling with clutter build up on your kitchen bench… ever!
Yes those things are important. Knowing what is in your pantry because it is organised does help save money and prevent food waste. But consider that small daily habits make a bigger difference to successful home organisation.
Making Your Bed Increases Your Happiness And Well Being
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As Gretchen Rubin says, author of The Happiness Project, “Your bed is a symbol of you. There’s something about having your bed feel orderly that makes your life feel that way.”
According to Psychology Today, 71 percent of bed makers consider themselves happy; while 62 percent of non-bed-makers admit to being unhappy. Bed makers are also more likely to like their jobs, own a home, exercise regularly, and feel well rested.
Personally, I love that for a very small amount of effort on my part, my bedroom looks more tidy and my home starts to look more ordered.
Friends, this is one of the quickest and easiest tasks you will do all day! Small daily habits!
Bonus: How To Style Your Bed
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A well made bed doesn’t have to a mass of decorative cushions, a dozen throw rugs and starch ironed sheets. Keep your bed decor, including textures and colours, simple. After all, feeling comfortable and getting a good night’s sleep, is the main purpose.
- Investing in a couple of high quality cotton or linen sheet sets and doona covers. Go organic if you can!
- Using neutral colours to evoke a feeling of calm.
- Add pops of colour with a couple of cushions or a throw rug that tie in with other colours in the room.
- Only adding 2 or 3 cushions to the bed.
- Varying textures through ruffles, raised patterns, knits etc.
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