First and foremost, you should make sure your bedroom is clean. It’s not just better hygienically and aesthetically speaking, but it can also be less stressful. “None of us want be in this situation, but we’re in it, so we can at least keep our spaces clean, which can it can make you feel like you’re at least in control of your own room,” Feldman says. With a clean, fresh space, there’s less to overwhelm your senses. Plus, it’ll help you appreciate the things you love about your room and see it’s potential again.
Freshen Up the Walls
Whether you feel like embarking on an actual DIY project and repainting the entire bedroom or you just want to touch up your white walls, a little freshening up can go a long way. Check out our favorite bedroom colors and how to decorate around them here, or simply touch up yoru dry wall with a Magic Eraser to get rid of smudges and marks.
Keep Pillow Cases Fresh
This tip is especially helpful for anyone who has allergies. “Even taking off a pillow case and running it in the dryer for ten minutes (or simply letting it air out if you don’t have access to laundry machines and spraying it with a fabric refresher) can make it feel more fresh and help reset things a bit,” Feldman explains. “Ee’ re always cautious about carpets for people who have allergies, too,” so you may move a carpet out of your bedroom if you notice waking up with tons of allergies, she says.
Prep Your Bedside Table
Make sure you have everything you’ll need before bed and throughout the night within reach so you don’t have to get up and interrupt your sleep. Things like a noise machine, charger, carafe of whatever, a eye mask, lip balm, etc.
Get Rid of Clutter
Crawford also points out that decluttering can help you decide which items bring actual value and which do not. “I think rather than more things in the environment we hope to make calming, we’re probably better off having fewer but more meaningful things,” she says. With that in mind, some good things to to keep in your bedroom could be “a stack of books that we’ve been meaning to read (or re-read) and now have the time to do so or a framed photograph of people and/or places we love,” Crawford suggests. Then donate whatever items you don’t need anymore.
Keep Florals Close
“If you have the luxury of getting anything like a flower near your bedside, take advantage of it,” Feldman encourages. It may sound simple, but she believes that having a living thing next to the bed can help us “remember the simplicity of being alive.”
Block Out Light
If you don’t have blinds in your bedroom, or you’ve been having a hard time sleeping in because yours don’t keep the light out enough, Feldman says you’re probably overthinking it. “This is not a time for perfection, it’s a time of getting by. Can you get a sheet out? take the corners of the sheets, take some tape if you don’t even have nail. If not, try it with a table cloth, scarf, or pashmina. Get creative with larger fabric items.” As long as it can block out more light or create privacy, it’ll work.