Making your bed is one of those chores that is easy to neglect. If you’re feeling pressed for time, or are even just feeling sluggish in the morning, you might look at your bed and think that it’s just going to get messed up again, so why bother? The truth is, there are several reasons why getting in the habit of making your bed first thing is worth it.

First, making the bed is a fairly quick task—you don’t have to get everything perfect, just smooth the sheets and blankets and put the pillows in their proper spots so the bed looks neat and tidy. This two-minute chore has a benefit out of proportion to the amount of time it takes you to do it, because you’ll find that your entire bedroom instantly looks better, even if you haven’t cleaned anything else. The bigger your bed is relative to the size of your bedroom, the more apparent this effect is.

If you’re thinking that no one but you sees your bedroom, so what does it matter, consider the relationship between clutter and mood. Studies show that excessive clutter contributes to stress and lowers your sense of well-being. Making your bed every morning is a simple way to keep the environment around you feeling organized and pulled together without an excessive time investment. Starting your day this way is a simple but effective mood-booster.

There are also other mental benefits to cultivating this habit. Navy Admiral William McRaven, in a 2014 commencement speech at the University of Texas at Austin, recommended the practice to the graduating students as a spur to be productive and to cultivate attention to detail. In his experience, he found that starting the day by accomplishing that one task led to a sense of pride that encouraged him to keep moving through the tasks ahead of him each day. Making your bed right away can be a good way to set up the day ahead on a positive note, so that you start out with a sense of purpose and accomplishment that you can carry into whatever faces you next.

Experts also connect the cultivation of positive habits such as making your bed consistently in the morning with better self-discipline. Incorporating such habits into your daily routine can help take you from a state where you feel like you are constantly reacting to what life throws at you to one where you feel more in control and ahead of the game. If making your bed is a new habit for you, give it a try for a week, then consider how it went. If you find that it was both easier and more effective at boosting your productivity and mood than you expected, you’re not alone.

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