Sleep like a baby
We traveled a lot this year. Often sleeping in a spare bedroom and living out of suitcases. After a recent fun-filled weekend, we returned home and I knew I would sleep like a baby!
That evening, we all looked forward to turning in early. I read extra pages of Harry Potter to my son and then made a bee-line for some comfy pajamas…jealous of my husband who already had his feet propped up with a book. To say it felt good to be home is an understatement.
Clutter and Noise
While away, the room we slept in had a fair amount of clutter with little free space. Excess furniture lined the walls of the room. Knickknacks covered the dressers, affording very little room for even my jewelry. We believe that one of those knickknacks caused a rattling noise in the middle of the night but I could never find the culprit. It woke us several times, so I eventually set up a fan to provide white noise. This solution worked well but with all the furniture, suitcases, limited floor space and now a fan, the trip to the bathroom in the dark was treacherous to say the least.
Having time away is something to look forward to, but when we return home, I realize how blessed I am to have our own house. A clean and uncluttered space that we come home to every night. Perhaps even taking for granted the blessing of a simple roof over our heads.
Additionally, we find our home to be a place of rest, with a bedroom that feels like a true sanctuary. The bedroom is uncluttered and peaceful. We can close the large armoire doors blocking the light from the electronics. In future weeks, we plan to remove the TV and armoire completely, knowing that blue light from electronics interrupts the circadian rhythm. Given that bedrooms are meant for two things (neither involving screens), this makes perfect sense. I can only imagine what the room will look and feel like with the open space.
Clutter and Sleep Quality
You might discount the importance I place on the the state of our bedroom, but studies show that decluttering your bedroom leads to better quality sleep. One article states that “If you’ve ever gone to bed feeling a little guilty about the condition of your bedroom, there’s a good chance that mess interfered with your sleep.”
Our bed is also incredibly comfortable and I sink into it with gratitude every time we return from a trip. After a long day, I look forward to crawling into bed early to read and relax. Remember my rules for happiness? Health, rest and exercise are no longer optional parts of my day. The quality of my sleep is tied to how calm and relaxed I feel in the room.
This past weekend confirms that our uncluttered, minimalist bedroom makes a tremendous difference. That said, I won’t stop traveling because we value the experiences and cherish time with family and friends. However, it validates the way I have designed our bedroom and the spare bedroom for our guests.
- Blackout Blinds
- Clutter-free Nightstand
- Closed master bathroom door to maintain darkness
- No Screen-like devices after a specific hour
- Light gray-green painted walls – chosen based on color theory as a calming color
- Blackout blinds
- Small empty dresser for guests
- Empty closet floor and hanging rod – ready for guests
- Zero knickknacks – space for guests’ personal items
- Nightstand with tissues and a lamp
We also equipped the bathrooms with small night lights to help everyone walk around in the middle of the night with limited impact to those still sleeping. All in all, I think this helps the sleep of not just my family but those who come to visit. I’d love to hear your suggestions for how to get a good night’s rest and creating a sanctuary for sleep.
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