If you're anything like me and have to navigate around your kids' toys, over heaps of unfolded laundry, and through random piles of clutter when you enter your bedroom, chances are it's not exactly the most romantic space in your home. And with Valentine's day quickly approaching, perhaps one of the most thoughtful gifts you can give your spouse is an intimate sanctuary that says, "I want to focus on us." Here are five ways that you can transform your boudoir into a space that is romance-ready:
1. Keep it comfortable. Soft sheets, plush rugs, and comfortable furniture are sure to encourage both you and your partner to spend more time in the space. And invest in a decent mattress — no one enjoys being in a bed that squeaks or that has springs poking into their back.
2. Set the mood. Hang blackout curtains or shades to add privacy and control the light at any time of the day. Choose dimmable lights, or light those candles. Keep the space smelling fresh with flowers, candles, and by cleaning regularly. Hang mirrors to reflect light, and relocate family photos to the main areas of the house — it's a definite turn-off to feel like you're being watched by your kids, or even worse, your mother-in-law.
3. Remove sources of stress. Bills, clutter, cell phones, exercise equipment, and even the alarm clock can be distracting and can leave you with feelings of anxiety. Keep any stress-inducing items elsewhere so that you can focus all of your energy and attention on your partner.
4. Less is more. Busy patterns, mountains of pillows, and fussy decor can be overstimulating; let your partner be the most interesting part of the bedroom. (Besides, no one wants to ruin the moment by removing a thousand throw pillows from the bed!)
5. Keep it clean and clutter-free. Let's face it — a dirty or cluttered space is never sexy. Invest in your relationship and take the time to regularly clean and tidy up your bedroom.
Do you have any tips for making your space feel more intimate?