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The bedroom is your sanctuary (is it not?!), your space to unwind and relax after a busy and stressful day. This is the place where you settle down to get a good night’s sleep, and hopefully wake up the next day, fully rested and ready for whatever awaits you in the day to come. This is the room where you are allowed a little bit of privacy, away from the hustle and bustle of the rest of the house. Do you have unwanted guests? Retreat to your bedroom, and let the rest of the family deal with them. Need a breather from family squabbles? Escape to your bedroom and let them fight it out amongst themselves. Fancy a nap? Got to your bedroom and lay down your head, away from noise and distractions.
If you feel like your bedroom isn’t as cozy as it could be, here are some tips to help you make it a great escape from the rest of the house:
Focus on the bed
The bedroom is primarily used for sleeping in, but there may also be times when you just want to chill out on the comfort of your bed. You don’t need to spend a lot on the bed itself, but if you are thinking about buying a new one, you can mix and match the headboard and bed frame until you get something to your liking. Your attention needs to be on the parts of the bed that give you the most comfort. Most importantly, the mattress. Instead of relying on a hand-me-down or discount mattress, go for something that will maximize your comfort, such as these luxury mattresses. Then consider your bedding. Many people have difficulty sleeping because of the sheets they use, so look for something that is comfortable for you. Have a look at these bed sheets, for example. Don’t forget about your pillow, either. When you lay your head to rest, you want to sink into the pillow and not be hindered by lumps and bumps. A memory foam pillow should do the trick, molding the pillow perfectly to the shape of your head.
Get rid of clutter
You won’t create a sense a peace if your room is a mess. Whether it’s your clothes scattered over the floor or your kids’ toys littering the room, your sense of Feng-Shui will be obliterated. A tidy room brings a tidy mind, as they say. Therefore, eliminate the clutter. Breakfast in bed may have seemed like a good idea at the time, but if you still have plates lying around, remove them, for both space and hygiene reasons. If you have run out of space for your clothes, invest in underbed storage or add shelves to maximize the space you do have. Then tell your kids to play with their toys somewhere else. Your room shouldn’t be the place for their magical fort anyway… which leads us onto the next point.
Remember it’s YOUR sanctuary
If you want your bedroom to be a place of rest and relaxation, you need to eliminate any other distractions. You love your kids, but you may not want your bedroom to be their impromptu play area. Surely, there is somewhere else in the house they can play. Then there’s work. If you bring your work home with you, sitting in bed or at a desk in your bedroom is going to cause further issues. Your bedroom should be the place to escape from work, so you don’t want to have constant reminders of your workplace in your sanctuary. You want to walk into the room, take a breather and forget about the stresses of anything beyond your bedroom doors. So, remove anything that is going to interrupt your relaxation time.
Design the room for relaxation
How you design your room is up to your personal taste. Still, if you’re trying to create a Zen state, you may prefer to use muted, pastel colors on your wall and decor, instead of something bright, and in your face. You might want to avoid patterns on your wall too, as they can create a chaotic feel, so go for something plain, whether you use one color or use a color wheel to mix and match something suitable. It’s good to let the sunlight in, but if sun glare is an issue, you may want heavier curtains, or at least a set of blinds to filter in as much light as you want in the room. The smell is also important, so consider using natural homemade products for that perfect scent. You can always go to Pinterest for some creative flair.
You need your rest, so be sure to try to get that as much a possible. I know it’s not always easy with kids, so if nothing else, your bedroom should be a great place to escape to from the responsibilities of life… if only for a bit.