You’ve heard it before — getting into the habit of making your bed as soon as you wake up will make you more productive during the rest of the day. And I’ve said it before, your environment, aka your home, has a direct effect on your mood and well-being.
Which is why I’m so passionate about interior design and decorating, because it’s so much more than just how it looks – it’s about how it makes you feel, even if it’s subconscious.
When I tell my kids to make their bed, they usually say something like “Why? Who’s gonna see it? Is the Queen coming over?” No! Don’t ever decorate and clean your home for other people, it’s always about you, for you and how it makes you feel
Productivity expert Charles Duhigg writes 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.”
This got me thinking — if making your bed puts you on the path to daylong productivity, what other small habits will help you achieve the same effect?
If you are a firm believer in the power of making your bed, here are four ways to carry that productivity habit into other areas of your home.
Clear your coffee table
Let’s face it, the coffee table can be where all sorts of things are left such as keys, phones, wallets, earphones, newspapers and junk mail etc. Making sure your coffee table is neat and tidy, with all the things that live on it neatly arranged, will take two to three minutes maximum, and the payoff will be huge. If you’re interested in incorporating the make-your-bed method into your life but don’t know where to begin, start with the coffee table.
Wipe down kitchen counters
It’s easy to forget just how germy and gross our counter-tops can get, but when you come in from a workday and plop down your purse, groceries, gym bag or anything you happen to be carrying, a lot of unwanted things can get left behind. Starting the day with a clean counter means you’ll eliminate the transfer of germs and bacteria and have a cleaner kitchen (and mind) in minutes
Empty your dishwasher
This is a great habit to get into at the end of your day. No one likes waking up to a chore, so by emptying your dishwasher at night, it will be all ready to load up with tomorrow’s breakfast dishes – no more morning rush or coming home to dirty breakfast dishes in the sink
Restock bathroom supplies
I’m gonna bet that there’s at least one thing in your bathroom that needs to be restocked or, at minimum, checked on. For example, you can always make sure you have enough toilet paper at the ready. Honestly, getting caught without at least one backup roll you can reach is never fun. But you should also make sure you’re stocked up on tissues, toothpaste and even make sure your hand soap dispenser is filled up. This is an easy two-minute check that will make all the difference throughout your day and, by extension, the rest of your week.
Like all good habits, adapting the making-the-bed method into your daily routine will be tough at first, but it could truly pay dividends in the long run. Less stress and more productivity? Yeah, that’s definitely worth taking a few extra minutes every morning or evening to do these tasks.
What home habit do you have that helps you or is there a habit you need to improve on?
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