Each day begins and ends in the same place: the bedroom. This space can affect your entire day, for better or worse. I had the realization a few years ago—when laundry was piled up on the chair in the corner and my laptop was perched on my nightstand—that I was setting myself up for extra stress. When “tasks” are the last thing you see before drifting off to sleep and the first thing you see when you open your eyes, you never really feel that sense of accomplishment. The bedroom should be relaxing, and the decor you bring into the space can deeply influence how rested you feel.
Did you know that a beautiful, tidy bedroom actually can affect our mental health? When I was a moody teenager, my mom got on my case every single morning, insisting that I needed to make my bed. I’d chirp back, “Why would I make it if I’m just going to ruin it again in a few hours?” Much to my chagrin, she was right. Studies show that making the bed each day can spark joy, improve productivity, and lower stress. By kickstarting your day with this simple chore, you’ll feel accomplished and in control, which in turn can encourage a more-structured routine. A clutter-free space leads to a clutter-free mind. Yep. Turns out making the bed is a bit of a mind game.
When designing a bedroom, think about the elements of your favorite hotel room. There is a comfortable mattress, cozy bedding, and window coverings that block out everything. If you’re like me and love to stay in bed late on the weekends, multiple types of window coverings are a key; just as in a hotel, you can have blackout shades for your most restful sleep and sheer panels to create a bit of ethereal ambiance.
This room should be grounding, allowing you to fully reconnect with yourself and completely recharge.