How to Organize Your Bedroom for Better Sleep
Use the storage inside to tuck away books, your journal and pen, lip balm, reading glasses and other essentials.
- Bud vase of fresh flowers
- Current book
- Candle (unlit) with a relaxing scent (try lavender)
- Cup of herbal tea or carafe of water
- Linen is cool in summer and can last forever if well cared for. It can feel nubby (even a bit rough) or smooth and quite soft, so try to feel your sheets in person before you buy.
- Cotton percale is what you want if you love the feel of “crisp” sheets. This classic fabric is smooth but firm and performs well in warm weather.
- Cotton sateen is very soft and smooth, almost silky in feel. It may not be the best choice in hot weather.
- Brew a cup of herbal tea (try chamomile with honey)
- Read something soothing or uplifting, like a few beautiful poems or an inspirational book
- Gradually lower the lights over the last hour before bedtime, ending with just a candle, and then blow it out
- Take a bath with relaxing lavender or rose oil
- Spritz lavender-scented linen spray on your sheets and pillow
- Listen to the same relaxing playlist each night before drifting off
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Hooks on the wall behind a door can keep favorite jewelry in order, while small French market baskets make a chic stash spot for random small items.
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Make a habit of refolding clothes you plan on wearing again before laundering, and place these items in the basket each night.
- Use an air purifier with a HEPA filter to remove dust, pollen and air pollutants
- Keep a houseplant or two in the bedroom (rubber plants are especially good at cleaning the air)
- Make the bedroom a no-shoes zone
- Vacuum and dust weekly (including under the bed), more often if you have allergies
- Open the windows to air out the space for at least 30 minutes each morning
- Choose natural fibers and materials that don’t contain harmful VOCs