Spring is here—time to spruce! The most glow-y time of year calls for your best foot forward in the primping and cleaning departments … and the bedroom is a great place to start. After all, we spend more time there than any other room in the house. Feeling inspired? Try these tips to keep your sleep space sunny and lovely this spring.
Spruce your sheets
They make direct contact with your skin, help keep you cool in the summer and warm you up in the winter. Sheets are far more than an accessory, so it’s important to take good care of them. To keep your favorite set in ship-shape, try these expert-approved tips from DreamFit:
- Wash your sheet sets separately to give them plenty of space to circulate and get clean. This will also help you avoid any accidental color transfer.
- Wash sheets about once a week to keep sweat, skin cells, dander and pollen at bay.
- Don’t wind your sheets around the agitator, which can tangle them up and damage the fibers.
- Choose gentle cycle and warm water. High temperatures can shrink your linens, so avoid them whenever possible.
- Don’t use bleach, as it can break down most fabric fibers.
- Tumble dry on low heat and remove your sheets from the dryer as soon as they’re dry to avoid wrinkling.
- Rotate your sheets from the foot of the bed to the head of the bed each time you make the bed to help extend the life of your bedding.
Let in the light
The sun can be an incredible tool in cleansing and purifying the sleep space. Open up windows and the blinds as far as they’ll go and let the sunlight pour in. If you have a clothesline, dry your linens there (avoid direct sunlight to prevent fading). Sun will naturally help kill any microorganisms that your soap may have missed. Plus, sun-dried sheets smell and feel amazing.
Primp your panes
Speaking of windows, now’s a good time to give those a scrub. And don’t forget the screens, which can get pretty cruddy during the winter. Here’s the easiest way to get them clean: Pop them out all at once and gather them in a stack. Grab the garden hose, add a high-pressure nozzle and spray off the first layer of grime. Gently scrub each screen using a soft-bristled brush and earth-friendly cleanser (you can make your own with 2 cups water, 1/4 cup white vinegar and 1/2 teaspoon eco-friendly dish soap), then rinse well. Prop the screens against the house and let them sun-dry before returning them to their frames.
Window duty may seem like a hassle, but it really pays off. Clean panes let in the maximum amount of natural sunlight, which will gently nudge you awake in the morning and help keep your circadian rhythm in check. Sunlight is also a proven mood-booster, so the more of it you have pouring into the house, the better. Bonus: A good clean gets rid of allergy-aggravating mold spores and dust, so you can enjoy your sleep space rather than suffering in it.
Air your lair
After months of keeping the house tightly sealed, open up the windows and let the fresh air blow through. If you have a house fan, turn it on for maximum ventilation. The fresh, oxygenated air will help you fall asleep comfortably.
Organize with ease
It’s the end of a long day, but you still want to bring some order to the bedroom. To clear the clutter, calm your mind and get to sleep fast, there’s nothing better than attractive, sturdy storage baskets or boxes. Kids’ toys, spare shoes, and other odds and ends that tend to congregate on the bedroom floor? Simply pop them in a bin and sort through them on the weekend or a less-busy work day. Built-in under-bed storage is also a great way to organized fast. Simply slide out a drawer, drop in whatever’s lying around and call it a night.
Clear the closet
The start of spring is a great moment to take stock of your possessions. Try on the clothes you haven’t worn in a while and donate any items that don’t sing to you. With less stuff to contend with, there’s less chance for clutter to build up. Bonus: Having fewer options will make it easier to select an outfit each morning.
Perfect your pillow
Pillows do a lot for us: cradle the head and neck, keep the spine in natural alignment, offer comfort. But they also collect a lot: sweat, oils, makeup, skin cells. Grab yourself a few new ones, choosing carefully based on each sleeper’s needs and preferences.
Mind your mattress
Been worrying about whether it’s time to replace your mattress? Spring may be just the inspiration you need. Designate a weekend, grab your partner and try a few beds at your local store. It’ll feel good to get started and you may even end up with a keeper on your first trip.
Shield your shut-eye
Now that winter is over it’s time for your mattress to break out of its shell. If you’ve had a mattress protector for more than a year (or if you don’t have a protector yet), pick one up the next time you’re shopping for sheets. For around $50 you can protect your mattress from spills, sweat, dust mites, allergens and more. Unlike a top sheet, protectors are outfitted with an absorbent layer that prevents anything from damaging the foams and fibers of your bed.
Love your linens
It’s gorgeous outside… your bedding should be keeping up. Toss any frayed, stained or worn sheet sets, and purchase a few fresh replacements. It’s fun to experiment with colors, but classic white has been shown to have a cooling effect (white absorbs less sunlight throughout the day). Remember that fiber choice is important, too. Flannel was great for the winter months, but as the temperature heats up, you’ll want to keep your sleep space as cool and breathable as possible. 100% cotton is a solid bet—it’ll wick away moisture and allow air to move freely in and out.
Don’t have time to tackle all these at once? Don’t worry about it. Try assigning yourself just one spring-cleaning task per weekend (and pull in a friend or family member to help), and you’ll be done before you know it.