By Jennifer Adams
If your home is your castle, then your bedroom is your innermost
sanctuary. You spend more time in your bedroom than any other place in your
home. It should be a place of comfort and relaxation -- a well-thought out
bedroom will help you get better sleep, and you will feel much healthier and
happier for it!
So what are some ways to make your bedroom a better place?
Starting with the easiest and cheapest, here are my favorite tips.
Tip 1. Declutter! Clutter is stressful.
Clear it away from
the tops of your dressers, walls and floor. Store the laundry where it belongs –
out of sight. Make room in your closet by cleaning it out and getting a closet
organizing system if you need more space.
Tip 2. Make your bed every single day.
Soft, smooth and comfortable
sheets are luxurious and you will feel more relaxed and sleep better. A messy
bed adds clutter, and wrinkled, uneven sheets can fall off one side or create
hot or cold spots.
Tip 3. Move out the desks, exercise machines, hobby centers
and anything else that isn’t related to sleeping, relaxing or making love.
needs to look at the unfinished taxes and all those blinking computer lights
while you’re trying to fall asleep!
Tip 4. Turn off the TV.
Looking at electronic screens
including e-readers, cell phones, video games or computers 30 minutes before
bedtime can make it more difficult to fall asleep. Armoires or cabinets do
double duty not only to hide the TV but as an extra place to store bedding or
Tip 5. Ban the pets and the kids.
They should all sleep in
their own beds, not yours.
Tip 6. Buy a better mattress.
If your mattress is more than
5 to 7 years old, it may need to be replaced. If it’s older than 10 years, it
definitely needs to be replaced! Pillows should be replaced every 2-5 years.
Use pillow and mattress protectors to reduce dust and allergens from building
Tip 7. Minimize the furniture.
Get rid of pieces that aren’t
useful for sitting or sleeping, or will store clothing. The bed should be the
focus, and a comfortable seating area is a nice luxury if you have the room.
Each side of the bed should have a nightstand and lamp.
Tip 8. Control the light with versatile window treatments
such as blinds or sheers, and use dimmers on all your lights.
Turn down the
lights at bedtime as a relaxing part of your evening ritual.
Tip 9. Color schemes should be light and airy, nothing bold
colors or dramatic.
Soft colors such as white, ivory, buttercream, sky blue,
lavender, sage, accented with gray look beautiful and are relaxing.
Tip 10. Accessorize with pairs of things, such as
candlesticks for a romantic feel.
Choose artwork that’s peaceful or reminds you
of places you’ve visited with your spouse or partner. Place the family photos
somewhere else in your house so that everyone can enjoy them!
Do you have a tip to add? Let us know!
Photos courtesy of Better Homes and Gardens website.
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