Every morning, as a kid, I made my bed. Why? Because my mom told me to, and I was living under her roof. As soon as I got to college, though, I chucked this tidy habit out the window. I haven’t made my bed ever since (except, of course, when company’s over).
Recently while visiting my mother, I heard her say it again: “You should make the bed,” she said. At first I blew it off. I even went so far as to paint my slothful behavior as a symptom of a busy life, quipping, “People who make their bed have too much time on their hands.” But deep down I knew that laziness—not busy-ness—was to blame, and this bothered me.
Curious whether my reluctance to make the bed hints at bigger issues, I Googled “who makes their bed?” and found I had plenty of company. In a survey of 68,000 people by Hunch.com, 59 percent of people don’t make their beds. 27 percent do, while 12 percent pay a housekeeper to make it for them. Here’s what disturbed me: 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, whereas non-bed-makers hate their jobs, rent apartments, avoid the gym, and wake up tired. All in all, bed makers are happier and more successful than their rumple-sheeted peers.