Smallest Hill: Making your bed is a waste of time


I find many household tasks to be grueling. I avoid tasks like washing the dishes, dusting, and vacuuming for as long as I can. As boring as these tasks may be, they have gratifying outcomes once completed. For example, when you are done with the dishes, you have a clean and empty sink, as well as a cabinet full of clean tableware to feast on in the coming days. Most household chores have similar outcomes which will last for a few days or longer until the chore needs to be done again. However, when you make your bed, you walk away knowing you will have to repeat the task again the next day.

Making the bed does not only yield a fleeting impact, but the outcome is also dissatisfactory. The only positive effect of making your bed is visual aesthetics. Adversely, you also create more work for yourself later on. When you are ready to crawl into your bed at the end of a long, hard day, you now have to untuck the covers and pull them back before you can get cozy. Although this is only a little extra work, it is important for exhausted college students to work smarter and not harder, especially at the end of a difficult day.


Your bed should always be a comfortable and inviting environment. When you make your bed, this safe place is only more difficult to access. This is one of the reasons why I believe regularly making the bed is an avoidable waste of time and effort.


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