Out with the old, in with the new!
Hopefully your New Year’s resolutions are off to a strong start, be it healthier eating habits, a more consistent exercise routine, or even just being nicer to your sibling. This is the perfect time to cleanse all areas of your life, and there’s no better way to get mentally focused than to detoxify your bedroom.
If you’re anything like us, your bedroom is your safe haven. It’s the place you retreat to do your homework, FaceTime with friends, escape from your nagging parents, listen to your favorite music… your bedroom is your space. That said, bedrooms can easily become very messy and harbor tons of toxins which can clutter your mind and your productivity.
Below are eight simple ways to detoxify your bedroom so you can kick those goals into high-gear:
Rotate Your Mattress
We spend about 6-9 hours a night sleeping on our mattresses. Most of us also tend to sleep on the same side, in the same place. Rotating your mattress not only extends the life of your mattress, it also helps protect your spine and helps you get a better night’s sleep because you’re not sagging into an area that has been slept on for years.
Purify the Air
The air in the bedroom is usually in need of a good cleanse. There are several ways to purify the air. You can do it naturally with plants, or you can invest in an air purifier. This minimizes the toxins in the air and helps create more oxygen, which is great for those late-night study sessions.
Get Rid of Your Pile-Up Chair
If you’re not guilty of piling things up on one particular chair/bench/stool/vanity, then congratulations, you’re a rockstar. Most of us suffer from the good ‘ol clothing pile-up. One second, everything is all put away, and next, the pile-up is so bad we just ignore it, hoping it goes away. An easy way to fix the issue? Remove the pile-up chair from your room all together. This will force you to put things back after you try them on. But whatever you do, don’t start piling things up on the floor instead.
Change Out Your Sheets More Often
Yes, yes, changing your sheets is one of the worst things, especially putting the duvet cover back on. But changing your sheets often is so important. Think about it, you sleep and sweat on your sheets about seven hours a night. That’s 50 hours a week! Get in the habit of switching out your sheets at least once a week. This is not only hygienic, it will reduce breakouts on your face, too.
This sounds a little over-the-top, but a silk pillowcase is no joke. Silk pillow cases have a multitude of skin and hair benefits. They help extend the life of a blowout, they don’t tug on your face or hair like cotton sheets (which can cause early onset wrinkles and loss of hair), and they eliminate bedhead. They’re not cheap but they are worth every penny! Try Slip Silk or Hollywood Silk Solution.
Switch to Soy + Beeswax Candles
Want to have your mind blown? According to the EPA, one of the leading causes of indoor air pollution is conventional candles made from paraffin, which is a petroleum by-product. Make sure you swap out your candles for 100% soy and beeswax candles to reduce the nasty, smart-sucking toxins from your room. You can also use essential oils or potpourri.
Put Down the Cell Phone
We get it, your phone is sort of your life. It’s how you communicate with friends, check emails, and even research things! But when all the work is done, really try and give yourself some no-cell-phone time in your room. Whether it’s spending some time reading a book, making a vision board or journaling, giving yourself some no-cell-time in your bedroom will calm your mind and your space. Another thing? Switch your phone into airplane mode when you go to bed. This will help you get a better night’s sleep and reduce the radioactivity in your room.
Adapt a No-Shoes Policy
Your shoes take you to school, to the mall to hang out with friends and to walk your dog. We love our shoes, but not in our room! Think about all the nasty germs and bacteria you’re exposed to all day. Why would you want to invite all of that into your room? Keep it clean and check your shoes at the door.
While you’re busy detoxifying cleaning your room, HERE are six things everyone should get rid of in 2018.