The bedroom in Maxwell and Sara-Kate's old apartment proves that an oasis doesn't have to be large, just serene.
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How'd you sleep last night? Like a baby? Did you have sweet dreams and wake up this morning refreshed, maybe just a few minutes before the alarm clock? Or was your sleep fitful? Did you toss and turn and wrestle with the alarm clock this morning, wishing you could catch a few more minutes, or hours, of sleep?...
An old table transformed with a bit of paint, a duvet from Overstock; "I love that I do not have to spend too much to make a beautiful home" - Lynne F.
- Keep the room simple: A bed. A chest of drawers if all of your clothes don't fit into the closet. A chair to lay out your clothes for the next day and to put on your shoes. A lamp on either side of the bed. Another lamp on the dresser. A rug so your feet have someplace soft to land. And that's it. Keeping it simple makes it easier to clean.
- Keep it clean: And clean is what you need in here. Dust mite covers, daily dry mopping, a good vacuuming, clearing off the nighttables in the morning keep the dust at bay. And you'll sleep more soundly.
- Banish the tv and the desk: If you can't live without them, at least hide them and put your tv on a timer so that if you do fall asleep with it on, it shuts off. But if you can, try your bedroom without tv for a month. I've found I sleep a lot sounder than I did when I'd fall asleep to late night tv.
- Learn to make the bed: I balked at first but now that I do it daily (it's why I don't use a top sheet, just a duvet cover that I clean weekly along with my sheets and pillowcases), I find that it really makes a difference. It instantly makes the room feel like a hotel, it inspires me to clean off the nightstand and when I walk back in at night, a feeling of peace settles over me. Try it for a month.
Dark bedrooms are a modern option; GirlfriendTd's added a turquoise throw for greater pop.
- Indulge your senses: The best sheets you can afford (I only have two sets - one for the bed; one for the laundry); new pillows every two or three years; music; an air purifier and/or a humidifier; a white noise machine if your neighbors are particularly active, candles (if that's your thing), something beautiful to see first thing in the morning. Make this room a treat for all your senses.
- Treat yourself well: A bedroom's a great place for an indulgence. For example, I love ironed bed linens but I hate ironing. Solution: I send out my sheets, pillowcases and duvet cover to be cleaned once a week. Inexpensive but it makes me feel good. Same with an orchid from Trader Joe's because I love waking up to fresh flowers.
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• Week 4 - Tips & Tricks
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• Week 3 - Tips & Tricks
• Week 3 - Intro
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