Are you sure you want to make that bed?
Making the bed is normally a quick, and simple, part of my morning routine. I love how that two-minute effort suddenly makes the bedroom look so much tidier. Plus, I find it a small luxury to slip into a nicely made bed at the end of a long day.
But I recently stumbled across a story extolling the virtues of that slept in look.
But it's not an aesthetic thing: a U.K.-based study found that not making the bed may actually help with your health.
According to a story on BBC News, which I missed on its first run through the blogosphere, those crumpled sheets are actually unappealing to dust mites, which are believed to contribute to asthma and other allergies.
The study, from Kingston University, found the bugs couldn't survive the warm, dry conditions of an unmade bed.
So, not only could it shave a minute or two off your morning routine, but leaving the bed unmade removes the moisture that dust mites crave, leaving the mites to dehydrate and eventually die.
There is still some question as to how much of a difference this really would make - after all, many homes have moist air and loads of other places for mites to hang out, but, if nothing else, at least you have a good excuse next time you skip the chore.