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Bill Primavera
Bill Primavera

What if I told you that there is one simple household chore that helps you get things organized, improves the quality of your life and generally makes you a happier person?

You may already be doing it without knowing its importance and benefits, and if you’re not doing it, you might be alarmed by what the consequences may be, according to a recent survey.

Do you make your bed in the morning?

I happen to be studying a new time management course, one of many I’ve taken in the hope that someday I’ll have achieved perfect mastery of my work schedule. Having always believed that the main keys to effective use of time were to make lists and set priorities, little did I suspect that all of this could be aided by simply making my bed in the morning.

A while back, I read a brief notation about an online survey that demonstrated the significant differences between people who make their beds and people who don’t. My impression was that we are saints if we do and sinners if we don’t. Not finding the time to look up the research for the piece, I let it linger on my mind, smug in the knowledge that I was indeed a bed maker and consequently a virtuous person.

Certainly it wasn’t always that way with me. I must have been a little prince when I was a youngster because my mother always made my bed. But when I packed myself off to a military academy in middle school, that life of luxury came to an abrupt end when I was required to make a bed with hospital corners that you could bounce a dime off.

By the time I returned home to go to public high school, I was required to make my own bed, However, Mom had to remind me every morning.

Then came the independence of college life when my bed was mostly a lump of tangled sheets and blankets. After graduation, as a bachelor in New York City, what can I say?

But once I abandoned that paradoxically lonesome lifestyle and found the lady of my dreams, now my resident ”neatnik,” making the bed became required practice. Now I can’t imagine leaving the house with a bed unmade.

When I finally found the time to research the “make it” vs. “don’t make it” survey, I traced the study to an interesting blog,, self-described as “the decision-making tool that’s better than fortune cookies,” with its findings on any and every subject about choice or style based on surveys among its users.

The responses of some 68,000 users to this particular survey reveal some interesting facts about bed making, or not. We learn that only 27 percent of people make their own beds, while 60 percent don’t. The remainder are the lucky stiffs who get someone else to make it for them.

The differences between the “make it” and “don’t make it” populations are intriguing. Those who make their beds tend to be in relationships, while those who don’t tend to be single. Bed makers most likely own their own homes, while their counterparts rent. Makers are more likely to have a graduate degree and like their jobs, while non-makers don’t.

Bed makers plan things in advance, are most productive in the morning, have photos of friends or family at work and are more advanced in their careers, while non-makers are more likely to not like their jobs, procrastinate, don’t have photos of friends or family at work and are closer to entry level at work.

Bed makers make a grocery list and have a neat closet, while non makers have library books that are overdue and a messy closet. Further, they eat meals in front of a computer and eat more fast food. Those who make their beds exercise more, feel well rested in the morning, prepare their own coffee at home, are better organized at both work and at home and are optimistic. Non bed makers exercise less, wake up tired, buy coffee at a deli, are less organized and are pessimistic.

Whatever the status of my bed making, I do feel fairly well-organized at work but my home life would definitely leave much to be desired were it not for having a life partner who somehow manages to do all the things I find challenging to do.

Don’t hate me because I’ve rarely washed a load of clothes, shopped for groceries or operated the dishwasher. But, if this research is valid, you can bet that I do take great pains in making a mean bed.

Bill Primavera is a residential and commercial Realtor® associated with Coldwell Banker, as well as a publicist and journalist writing regularly as The Home Guru. For questions about home maintenance or to buy or sell a home, he can be emailed at or called directly at 914-522-2076.





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