A few years ago, there was a video floating around Facebook of a Navy Admiral giving a commencement address at the University of Texas. During his speech, he encouraged the graduates to make their beds every day, because starting off the day with one completed task makes it easier to make the completion of tasks lifelong a habit. Making your bed every day, the guy said, is step one to changing the world.
I call BS.
Never once when going to bed have I thought to myself how great it is that my sheets are straight and neatly layered, nor have I ever been remarkably productive at work simply because I made my bed that morning. Hence the reason I’ve just stopped doing it. The only thing I do with my bed now is sleep in it. (Well, that and a few other things.)
Making your bed may seem like a commendable habit, but I contend that it’s a colossal waste of time and also a great way to make sure your bed is a disgusting place to store your body at night. Sure, it makes your bedroom look nice(r) and it’s a relatively easy chore to accomplish first thing in the morning, but let’s not pretend that it’s in any way practical. In fact, I can’t think of a household duty that’s more purposeless than making your bed.
There are approximately 87 billion things you can do that are a more valuable use of your time than making your bed.
For instance, I like to spend my morning free time reading and journaling instead of completing pointless chores. Unlike making my bed, reading and journaling help me get in a good mindset for the day ahead, which is paramount for any dad and especially those who are raising challenging children.
Do something that will help you be a kickass dad, like going for a run or reading blogs like this one. (Kidding.) Or do something that’s actually useful, like unloading the dishwasher or folding laundry. Or, instead of making your bed and forcing your kids to make theirs, just spend that time together doing something way more fun.
But good grief, whatever you do, quit making your bed!