Bed Simply Made

Make Your Bed

Background: This speech was delivered as the commencement address to the graduates of The University of Texas at Austin on May 17, 2014 by Admiral William H. McRaven
“Every morning in basic SEAL training, my instructors, who at the time were all Vietnam veterans, would show up in my barracks room and the first thing they would inspect was your bed. If you did it right, the corners would be square, the covers pulled tight, the pillow centered just under the headboard and the extra blanket folded neatly at the foot of the rack — that's Navy talk for bed.

It was a simple task — mundane at best. But every morning we were required to make our bed to perfection. It seemed a little ridiculous at the time, particularly in light of the fact that we were aspiring to be real warriors, tough battle-hardened SEALs, but the wisdom of this simple act has been proven to me many times over.

If you make your bed every morning, you will have accomplished the first task of the day. It will give you a small sense of pride, and it will encourage you to do another task and another and another. By the end of the day, that one task completed will have turned into many tasks completed. Making your bed will also reinforce the fact that little things in life matter. If you can't do the little things right, you will never do the big things right.

And, if by chance you have a miserable day, you will come home to a bed that is made — that you made — and a made bed gives you encouragement that tomorrow will be better.

If you want to change the world, start off by making your bed.”

It really is true.  Every morning I make my bed before I do anything else.  It gives a sense of order to my day, and everything else I need to accomplish after that is easier!  Before I had Bed Simply Made sheets, making the bed was a big chore.  As a restless sleeper, I would almost always pull the top sheet out from under the mattress.  Then, to make the bed, I would have to push my hand down between the end of the sleigh bed and tuck the sheet in and work my way around to the corner, lift the mattress and retuck the sheet into place.  It was actually painful some days when my mattress was tight against the wood of the footboard… not a chore I enjoyed, so some days I didn’t make my bed.  Now that I have Bed Simply Made’s attached sheets, it’s so easy that it takes me just a few seconds, and I make my bed every day.  In fact, the few days I didn’t, I found that it was strange to see everything rumpled and amiss in my room; it just didn’t feel right.  And, going to sleep at night and snuggling into a neatly made bed makes for the perfect end to the day.  Even bad days are better when you end them well. 

Now, I feel more productive right from the day’s beginning, and my reward for the work I do at the end of the day is waiting for me in the form of a neat bed!

-Kristin Weinhoffer