Follow these steps to create a calm and beautiful space in the bedroom. This will certainly restore the body, mind and spirit.
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It’s all too easy to let the bedroom become a dumping ground for all the random items that don’t seem to fit anywhere else. So the first step in clearing clutter is to consider what you do want in the bedroom. Fresh sheets, good lighting, your current book on the nightstand? Definitely. Piles of paper, children’s toys and the vacuum cleaner? Probably not.
What would a peaceful bedroom look and feel like to you? Consider whether there’s a certain color (such as vivid turquoise) or object (such as a vase of fresh flowers) that really brings to mind the mood you want to create. Only bring in objects with the intention of cultivating peaceful, restorative feelings.
Take some time to sit quietly in your refreshed space and list the colors, objects and activities you’d like to invite more of into your room. Pick one item on your list and take a step towards making it a reality. For example, if you’d like to paint your bedroom a more soothing hue, take a trip to the paint store to pick up swatches. If you’d like to incorporate meditation into your nightly routine, create a quiet corner with cushions where you can practice.
Imagine doing a few gentle stretches or yoga poses before bed, lighting a scented candle and sipping some chamomile tea while you write in your journal. There are no to-do lists or pinging phones vying for your attention. You can simply be. Imagine how easy it would be to gradually unwind, release the tension of your day and ease into a restful, deep, restorative sleep in a space free of clutter and distractions. Once the busy day is done, make time to simply relax in your newly cleared space.
Once your bedroom is clean and clutter-free, pick and choose from the list below to enhance your space and get a better night’s sleep:
- Use a linen spray or essential-oil diffuser with a relaxing scent such as lavender or rose.
- Keep a small vase of fresh flowers on your nightstand.
- Do a few gentle stretches or yoga poses to help release the tensions of the day.
- Take a warm bath with essential oils before bed.
- Sip a cup of herbal tea and write in your journal.
- Gradually dim the lights in your bedroom an hour before bed, ending with just a single candle before blowing it out and going to sleep.