Ariel Kaye, the founder and CEO of Parachute, is no stranger to stylish sleeping spaces. So, today, we invited Ariel to share her tips for waking up on the right side of one beautiful bed!
If you’ve ever gone to bed feeling a little guilty about the condition of your bedroom, there’s a good chance that the mess interfered with your sleep. You spend one-third of your life in bed, so your sleep experience matters. When your bedroom is disorderly, it weighs on you—both consciously and unconsciously—and prevents your body from fully recharging overnight. So, here are my four tips for removing the chaos of clutter in your bedroom:
1. Make a plan.
Break the big job into manageable steps. Begin with a deep clean, and don’t be afraid to enlist help from a friend. Get snacks and make a party out of it! This keeps me motivated to move forward and continue the process.
2. Edit, edit, edit.
Designate three piles: donate, sell and toss. Approach the editing process gradually, working through one category at a time—clothing, décor, furniture, etc. Try to remove whatever you’re getting rid of from your home that day. You’ll immediately feel better.
3. Ban unnecessary stimulants.
Blue- or green-toned lights from the TV, laptop or your smartphone interfere with natural melatonin production, making it harder to sleep through the night, so banish the blue light from your bedroom. In addition, remove items such as papers (think: bills, to-do lists or business documents), overloaded bookshelves and energizing colors—anything that gets your mind going instead of calming it down. Finally, take a note from feng shui and never store anything under your bed.
4. Make your bed.
Your bed is kind of a big deal. It’s one of the largest pieces of furniture you own, so it has the power to make or break the mood of your bedroom. An unmade bed in an otherwise tidy space creates a sense of disorder. Making it is pretty simple: Strip everything but your fitted sheet, then straighten and tuck as needed. Next, if you use a top sheet, billow it like a landing parachute—whether you tuck or untuck depends on your personal preference. Finish by fluffing your duvet and pillows—and boom! You’re done. It took me longer to type this paragraph than it takes to make a bed.
While we can’t keep our bedrooms orderly all of the time, reducing clutter and forming healthy daily habits—like making the bed—will improve the quality of your sleep. Your bedroom should be a sanctuary where you’re able to rejuvenate your mind, body and spirit.