Archive | January, 2020

How To Get A Better Night’s Sleep

22 Jan

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Create A Sleep Sanctuary

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A tidy bedroom may reduce anxiety and support better sleep.

Did you know that one in every three people suffers from some form of insomnia? While lack of sleep can be caused by many factors, the wrong environment may add to the troubles.

Here are a few ways you can design your bedroom to help ensure a good night’s rest:

Remove excess clutter. A messy bedroom can cause anxiety and disrupt your sleep. Choose nightstands with drawers or cabinets that you can use as storage to minimize the number of items you leave out in plain view.

Create the Right Atmosphere

Make your room as dark as possible. Keeping out light is crucial to a good night’s sleep.

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Keeping out light can be crucial to a good night’s sleep.

Consider blackout shades or curtains — even a simple sleep mask can be quite effective.

Keep cool. The ideal temperature for sleep is 60–70 degrees Fahrenheit. By naturally inducing a mild drop in body temperature, a cool room helps you sleep.

Ban electronics from the bedroom. Engaging in electronics like TVs, smartphones and laptops before bedtime stimulates your mind. Plus, the blue light they emit suppresses melatonin, the hormone that controls your sleep/wake cycle.

Do’s and Don’ts For the Bedroom

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Invest in a quality mattress and regularly make your bed.

Use calming colors. Soft, soothing colors can lower your heart rate and blood pressure, so you sleep better. Think neutrals or pastel shades of blue, gray or green.

Invest in a quality mattress. A mattress that provides the right balance of comfort and support is key. Also, make sure it’s big enough to move around comfortably.

Make your bed. Regularly turning down your bed improves your pre-sleep routine and cues your body that it’s time to go to sleep.

When designing your bedroom, make sleep your highest priority. It can do wonders for helping you get a good night’s rest.

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Take Control of Clutter

15 Jan

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DECLUTTERING IS LIBERATING

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Clearing out clutter may help you feel more relaxed.


You may not realize how stressed and overwhelmed you can become by clutter. But once you start clearing out what you no longer need and organizing what you have left, chances are, you’ll feel a sense of control and accomplishment.

Where to Begin

Start by labeling three storage bins: keep, toss and donate.

Then working through one small space at a time, decide where to place each item.

Now the tricky part — how do you decide what to keep?

HOW TO DECIDE WHAT TO KEEP

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Decluttering may give you a sense of accomplishment.


Ask yourself the following questions:

How frequently do you use it? If it’s been more than six months or you didn’t even remember you had it, it’s probably a sign to toss it.

Use the 80/20 rule: Chances are you wear 20% of your clothes 80% of the time. Keep those and get rid of the rest. (Exceptions might be outfits you save for special occasions.)

Do you really love it? Maybe you got it as a gift and hung onto it. But is it something you really love?

Does it even work? If you’ve been meaning to get it fixed but it’s been gathering dust, either fix it or toss it.

GETTING ORGANIZED

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Start the new year by getting organized!

Now, it’s time to organize:

– Immediately toss or recycle the things that aren’t in good enough shape to donate.

– Take your donations to a local charity (or host a garage sale).

– Go through your keep pile. Place the items you want to store long term in labeled boxes and move to your garage or basement.

– For each item you use on a regular basis, designate a proper location.

By making a habit of decluttering, you’ll free yourself to revel in your newfound space.

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Stylish And Handy End Tables

8 Jan

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To get the most out of an end table, the right height is key.

COMBINE FASHION AND FUNCTION


It can be easy to think of end tables as an afterthought. That is, until you try to set down your drink, turn on your lamp or reach for your book. So, when choosing a style, it’s important to consider what function it will serve.

The right height is key.

To make the best use of your end table, make sure it’s within easy reach. The height should be within two inches of the arm of your chair or sofa. So, say your sofa arm is 22 inches — your end table could range between 22 and 24 inches.

PUT STYLE TO GOOD USE

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Use end tables to add an interesting contrast to your décor.


Assess your existing décor, then think about ways you can achieve an interesting contrast.

For instance, if you have lots of traditional upholstery, you could balance the soft edges with a clean, simple design. Or, if you have modern furnishings, you could complement them with something a little more ornate.

Next, ask yourself how you’ll use your end table. What do you reach for most often? Do you want extra storage for TV remotes or magazines?

CONSIDER YOUR FUNCTIONAL NEEDS

 

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Nesting end tables easily provide extra table space when you have guests.

Here are a few styles to consider based on your particular needs:

End table with open shelves or drawers. Use it to store small items or books.

Nesting end tables. Unstack them for extra table space or neatly stack them when not in use.

C-shaped end table. Like a snack table, it fits snugly over the arm of your sofa or chair.

Chair-side end table. Narrow, and small, it helps anchor a standalone chair.

Keep in mind, end tables don’t have to match. With the right combinations, you can create your own unique look.

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