Here’s a strong opinion for you: Bedrooms are nothing if not calm.
Note: I didn’t say bedrooms are nothing if they don’t have expensive furniture. Nor did I say bedrooms are nothing if they are small.
No matter the color scheme, room size, furniture quality, or whether you share the room with anyone else…what counts is whether you take the time to make sure your bedroom gives you a sense of calm when you walk through its door.
Go ahead, walk into your bedroom. How do you feel? Overwhelmed by the pile of clothing on the bed? Frustrated that you didn’t make the bed this morning? Thrilled that things are in order and the room isn’t cluttered?
If your bedroom experience is less than calm, here are a few things I’ve done over the years to increase the peace which might work for you:
- No laundry in the bedroom. All clothing (both clean and dirty) are in my closet either hanging, folded, or in the hamper.
- Empty floors. Apart from the legs of a few pieces of furniture, clear the floors. You don’t need those decorative items that have to be vacuumed around or dusted, and they’re visually removing eyes from the main attractions of a welcoming bed or the view out your window.
- Lighting matters. During the day use natural light if you have it and avoid harsh overhead lights in the evening. Bedside table lamps are preferable for reading.
- Clutter-free bedside tables, please. Apart from the charging cable for my iPhone, I keep the rest (namely, my Kindle and a book or two) in a drawer in my bedside table. I used to have a dresser in my bedroom but it was a clutter magnet.
CHALLENGE: Remove decorative items and all those dusty framed photos from your bedroom today. Open the blinds and crack a window or two if the weather permits. Get the laundry out and give it a new home! Give yourself the gift of a calm bedroom.