How to Make Your Bedroom Better for the Environment and You

By Laura Gaskill, Houzz

Wouldn't it be lovely to enter your bedroom at the end of a long day to find a clean, peaceful oasis of calm instead of a tangled disarray of dirty laundry and piles of clutter?

If that seems like a stretch, you are not alone. It may be easy to put off decorating and sprucing up this private zone, but because sleep (and by extension, quality of life) depends on it, it's worth it to make your bedroom a place you can't wait to relax.

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The following steps cover simple tasks (most of which can be completed in a weekend) that will make your bedroom healthier, cleaner, less cluttered and more peaceful — a beautiful, harmonious space where you can let go of your day.

New Orleans Bedroom, original photo on Houzz

1. Envision a deeply restorative space. The best way to begin any design project is with a clear vision of your hopes for the end result. Take a moment to ponder what your ideal bedroom space would look like and how it would feel — the scent, the textures, the sounds. Create as clear a picture as you possibly can, and hold that in your mind as you move forward with the project.