It is estimated that Americans spend about a third of our lives in bed. Simply that makes it worthy to put in some effort to make your bedroom the best it can be. With winter in full swing, now is the ideal time to get going on a warmer, cozier space to snuggle up for the next few months. Here are some ways you can do just that.
Make your bed
Making your bed each day may seem like an unnecessary chore, particularly when you’re just going to hop back into it again. But taking the time to tidy up your bed in the morning can really improve your mood once you return back home later in the day. Think about it: would you rather return home to a sloppy, tangled mess of bedsheets and pillows, or to a neat, uncluttered and welcoming bed? After a rough day, you would surely choose the latter, right?
Stop relying on tech to get you through the night
It’s oh so tempting to keep your cell phone or tablet on your nightstand within arm’s reach, isn’t it? It’s become second nature for us to grab our gadgets and scroll endlessly through countless apps. But this isn’t helping to make your bedroom the sanctuary you might be longing for, especially when you’re prone to scrolling for hours throughout the night. The best way to ensure you stop relying on your gadgets so much is to go old school by using a traditional alarm clock. If you don’t need your phone to wake you up, then you likely don’t really need it for anything else while you are asleep. Leave your phone in another room and get the rest you deserve.
Make your bed a sleep-only zone
Has your bed turned into a makeshift office? Have you ever sat up in bed surrounded by your laptop, random papers and other work-related items? Although it’s a comfortable way to work on some days, it’s not the best idea in the long run. Having a separate workspace is an absolute must. When the lines are blurred between work time and private time, that can make it so much harder for you to relax in your bedroom, the primary space where relaxation is meant to take place. Have a designated area, preferably outside the bedroom, where work is performed. When it’s time to rest, your bedroom will feel like a place of relaxation, not your stressful home office.
All scents matter
What aroma does your room emit? Believe it or not, the essence within your space makes a difference. It is a well-known fact that scents like lavender and citrus can work wonders when it comes to setting a relaxing mood. These scents can pack even more of a punch when you use them only in the bedroom, which will signal to your brain that once you enter this space, it’s time to wind down. If candles and essential oils are not your thing, know that there are other ways to make your haven smell heavenly. Fresh flowers are an amazingly natural and affordable way to add some mood-boosting freshness.
Go easy on the color
Believe it or not, the colors you incorporate into your bedroom can have a huge effect on how that space makes you feel. Soft shades like gray, lavender, and pale blue will create the mood you are going after. If you prefer a darker theme, darker blues and grays can create the same effect, albeit more dramatically. There’s no need to go crazy with too many colors, though. Pick a base color–like black or white–then choose accents that can easily incorporate the calming color you choose. Throw pillows, area rugs, and wall paintings are easy ways to add color.
What have you done to your bedroom to make it more of a relaxing space?