We begin and end each and every day in our bedrooms. A National Sleep Foundation survey showed that most Americans prefer their bedrooms to luxury hotel rooms, yet still don’t get enough sleep. Ensure you wake and fall asleep in a happy, healthy space with these simple tips for keeping your sanctuary clean and cozy.
By keeping your sacred space free from clutter you can reduce mental and physical stressors. Cluttering is usually a safety net of sorts—those of us with a tendency to clutter and hold on to physical belongings in turn usually hang on to emotions longer than necessary. Cleaning can be a way to work through these feelings, decluttering your room and mind at the same time.
Streamlining your bedroom will make mornings easier, from getting dressed to being more productive at work. Creating habits, like making your bed, has been shown to improve happiness and productivity levels because they allow you to feel on top of things, first thing in the morning.
It might seem unrelated, but keeping your room tidy or bed made often feels like an accomplishment. And every accomplishment, large or small, works toward building our confidence and self-esteem.
Get Your Best Beauty Sleep
Most of us know that sleep is crucial to overall health, but it’s also nature’s best beauty treatment. Getting 7-9 hours of sleep a night can improve your complexion, eliminate under-eye bags, and moisturize skin.
Clean Indoor Air
The EPA reports that indoor air pollutants can affect health in a number of ways. The National Sleep Foundation also found that survey respondents rated allergen-free air as the top environmental factor conducive to getting restful sleep. Rather than using overly-fragrant cleaners, keep your bedroom air fresh with natural cleaners.
Natural Carpet Freshener
- Baking soda
- 10-15 drops of your favorite cleansing essential oil
Combine baking soda and essential oil in a shaker (empty spice containers are great) and let sit for 24 hours to allow components to fully blend. Sprinkle lightly over carpet, let sit for 10-15 minutes, then vacuum.
Baking soda is a natural deodorizer. When combined with cleansing essential oils like lemon, tea tree or eucalyptus, this mixture will leave a refreshing, natural scent throughout your room. If you or anyone in your family is sensitive to fragrances, feel free to modify as necessary—add less oil for a lighter scent, or forego it altogether to create an unscented version.
Go to bed with a clear mind in a clean, clutter-free bedroom to get better sleep and wake feeling fully refreshed.