Your mood, sleep, and energy levels can all be affected by the decor you surround yourself with, especially where you sleep. For example, you might notice that you feel stressed when you’re in your room, or your thoughts begin to race. This could be because you have too much clutter going on. So, how do you pinpoint the problems in your bedroom decor and make the necessary changes to improve your well-being?
Let’s jump into our top 5 tips for how to adjust certain aspects of your bedroom to help you feel and operate at your best:
- Remove Clutter
Like we mentioned, clutter can lead to stress. However, it can also affect your health in other ways. For one, cluttered areas collect more dust. And, if you have allergies, this can contribute to worsening symptoms that not only make you feel like less than your best self but are also frustrating—itchy eyes, constant sneezing, and a stuffy nose are not good for anyone.
And, they can make it more difficult to find things, further compounding your stress. Outside of your health, tardiness can also affect your relationships and career. Fortunately, you can tackle clutter head-on by:
- Making time to purge your room of any non-necessities
- Purchasing decorative storage solutions (under-bed organizers, shoe hangers, bookcase, etc.)
- Reorganizing drawers and shelving to make the most of your space
- Removing excessive wall decor that can make your room feel small
Decluttering is definitely worth the time because it will make your room feel much more peaceful.
- Upgrade Your Bedding
Restless nights are a major source of health issues. Whether you suffer from insomnia or simply just can’t get comfortable, there are many aspects of your room that can be interfering with your quality of sleep. One of the major contributors can be an old mattress. Typically, mattresses should be replaced about once every decade. However, this can vary from person to person, and the quality of mattress. If you find yourself tossing and turning all night and waking up with aches and pains, consider upgrading to a memory foam mattress to help you get a better night’s sleep.
- Install Curtains
Does the morning light coming in your room keep you from sleeping in as late as you need to? While going to bed earlier might not be a realistic solution, purchasing some high-quality curtains or shades is. Consider roller or Roman shades for the best method of blocking out the sun.
Certain materials can also help keep out the heat, providing temperature control for a more comfortable sleep. For the darkest coverage, you might even want to consider blackout curtains. When choosing curtains for your room, keep in mind the types of materials, colors, and functionality.
You also want to make sure that you choose curtains or shades that can be retracted to let natural light in during the day. Natural sunlight can help you feel more alert and productive which is especially helpful if you do homework, freelancing, or other important tasks in your bedroom.
- Move Your TV
Having a TV in your room can make relaxing after a long day of work or binge-watching your favorite new show on the weekend extra enjoyable. But it can also make it more difficult for you to follow your sleep routine. When it’s time to turn the lights out, you might find yourself tempted to watch just one more episode (or three) before heading to dreamland. However, failing to get an adequate amount of sleep can leave you feeling groggy and underperforming the next day. Leaving your TV on overnight can compound this issue by interrupting your sleep cycle.
Plus, the blue light that your TV emits can keep you from being able to wind-down before bed and keep you up throughout the night. The solution for this decor no-no is easy. Move your TV to another room—it can even be incorporated into an interesting gallery wall for your living room. While it might be hard to adjust, you’ll likely notice that you have a much easier time following your routine and feel much more rested come morning. And, if you really need to catch up on your latest show in bed, you can always use your laptop or tablet.
- Add Some Greenery
Lacking inspiration or struggling with allergies? You might be surprised that adding greenery to your bedroom could be a solution to these common problems. Consider adding a few houseplants through your room, but don’t go overboard. Here are a few ways you can incorporate plants into your bedroom to help boost your mood and banish dust and other irritants:
- A hanging plant in the corner
- A large potted floor plant
- A trailing plant on a shelf
If you’re busy, make sure you choose a low maintenance plant so this isn’t just another aspect of your decor that adds to your stress.
These five tips are a great place to start but we bet you can think of more ways to improve your room!