Your bedroom should be your haven, it should be a place you can relax and unwind. Of all the rooms in your house, this one should be designed as an oasis of calm, restful, and restorative energy. Your bed should be comfortable, the air clean, and it should only contain refreshing sounds. Everything should be designed to give you a good night of sleep so you can go out there and conquer the world the next day.
The following tips will help you improve the environment in your bedroom. The organizational tips can make it easy to find what you need with minimal effort and time.
Hack #1 – Pillows get dirty quickly because we drool on them at night and they collect dust like a magnet attracts metal. For this reason it’s important to cover your pillow with a washable pillowcase and replace it frequently. If you’re sick, change out your pillowcases frequently to minimize the amount of germs you breathe in at night.
Hack #2 – Many people don’t know that you can wash pillows. Foam pillows can be washed in the bathtub by hand. These pillows must be air dried, however, to slow the aging of the foam.
Hack #3 – Polyester pillows can be washed in the gentle cycle of your washing machine. Always wash two pillows at a time to keep the washer balanced. Let the washer’s agitator cycle run for just two to three minutes, then rinse and spin the water out. Put the pillows in the dryer along with three tennis balls. This will help the pillows plump up as they dry.
Hack #4 – Sleep-Enhancing Mini-Pillows Make a sleep pillow by mixing some dried lavender flowers with a little orris root, a scent fixative you can find in many herbal or health food stores. Mix in 3 to 4 drops of lavender essential oil. Take a square of loosely woven fabric and sew around 3 sides to make a small pillowcase. Put your lavender potpourri in it and sew it shut. Slip this little pillow under the pillowcase near where your head will rest on the pillow. It will bring sleep quickly and can give you pleasant dreams.
Hack #5 – Bedding Storage Keep extra sheets, pillowcases and blankets in plastic storage tubs. Throw in a scented dryer sheet – or a fragrant sachet – before sealing the lid and your bedding will smell fresh when you go to use it.
Hack #6 – As The Mattress Turns Turn your mattress at least 4 times a year to maintain its shape and to prevent uneven wear. Mattresses are expensive, so you want yours to last as long as possible. I turn mine the first week of every quarter. I flip it from side to side and turn it from top to toe. Use this opportunity to vacuum under and around your mattress to get rid of any accumulated dust and dirt.
Hack #7 – A Safe Bed For Toddlers And Babies What can you do for a bed when a baby or toddler spends the night and you don’t have a crib? There is a solution. Insert a pool noodle under the fitted sheet on each side of the bed and at the head and foot. A toddler can probably crawl out, but will have to think about it first and a baby will not be in danger of falling off the edge of the bed.
Hack #8 – All The Pretty Closet Clothes Most of us have outfits in our closet that we haven’t worn in years. Here is a way to decide what to keep and what to get rid of. With the start of the year take out all your clothing and replace each item in the closet with the hanger facing backwards. After you wear something, hang it back up with the hook facing the normal direction.
Hack #9 – Not too many people I know can afford those expensive hangers that keep your clothes from slipping off them. My simple solution is to coil a pipe cleaner around the slanted part of the hanger, covering the area where your clothes normally touch. The pipe cleaners help to grip the garment and keep it from falling off.
Hack #10 – If you don’t have pipe cleaners handy, what about rubber cement? Brush a light coat on the top surface of the hanger, where your clothes will touch, and let it dry for 24 hours before using.
Hack #11 – Okay, so you don’t have rubber cement, either. Surely you have rubber bands lying about. The fat ones work best. Just attach one to each “shoulder” of a clothes hanger to prevent your clothes from slipping off.
Hack #12 – Storing Scarves And Ties Scarves and ties can be a tricky thing to store in a closet. One solution is to hang plastic shower curtain rings from the bottom rung of a plastic hanger. Ties can be hung through a curtain ring. Tie scarves loosely around a curtain ring so they will stay put. (Avoid knotting the ties on or they will wrinkle.)
Hack #13 – Ladies’ shoes are easily stored by hanging two tension rods across the bottom of a closet. One will hook the heel at the back and the other will support the toe by placing the rod a little forward.
Hack #14 – Another way to store shoes with even a low heel, including men’s shoes, is to nail some crown molding across the back of the closet and hang shoes from it by their heels.
Hack #15 – You always need extra storage in a bedroom. You can get this by using foot lockers, trunks, chests, and baskets to store bedding, clothing and other necessities.
Hack #16 – You can also put your bed on risers to add enough height to store shallow plastic storage bins underneath. Slide them under the bed and out of the way. This also minimizes available space for growing dust bunnies under the bed!
Hack #17 – Drawer Organizers I don’t know about you, but my dresser drawers are a mess. One way to keep scarves, ties, and socks organized is to take PVC pipe and cut it to fit in the drawer standing on end. I stuff a pipe with a pair of socks or scarf or I coil a tie around my hand and insert it into the pipe. With the pipe ends up, I can easily see what is in there and pull it out to use it.
Hack #18 – T-Shirt Drawer I have a lot of T-shirts and it is always a struggle to find the one I want when they are stacked on top of each other in a drawer or on a shelf. Instead of stacking them flat, I now stack them vertically in the drawer. I can find what I want much more easily now.
Hack #19 – Bracelet Holder Jewelry needs a place where it can be safe but seen. I have a friend who collects massive bracelets. She stores them on a vertical paper towel holder, stacking them atop each other. She can see which one she wants to wear easily and just lifts it off.
Hack #20 – Egg Carton Jewelry Boxes Another friend of mine uses paper egg cartons to store some of her jewelry in a drawer. You don’t have to leave your egg cartons looking drab grey, either. You can paint them bright colors or glue ribbon to them to make them look more attractive.
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