If you’re not sleeping as well as you’d like to at night, why not go for new bedding? Good quality cotton will improve your life and your sleep more than you could believe – go for Egyptian cotton with a high thread count. If you often wake up with a sore back and neck, go for new pillows or maybe a memory foam mattress topper. If you still find that you keep waking up too early, why not try out blackout blinds? It could be the sun coming through your curtains first thing in the morning that’s waking you up.
An incredibly simple way to give yourself peace of mind is to make sure that you tidy your bedroom every day. Being able to see piles of discarded clothes on the floor and clutter on the surfaces means that you’ll be constantly aware of things you have to do the next day so it’ll be hard to relax and sleep. Try to write a list of what you have to do the next day before you go to bed, so you’re getting everything out before the next day and you can leave it while you fall asleep, so you don’t worry overnight about everything you have to do the next day.
Your Kids’ Rooms
Go for new beds. If your kids have reached that sort of in between age where they’re toddlers and starting to attempt to throw themselves over the sides of their cribs and onto the floor, then it’s time for big boy or big girl beds. Even if your kids have beds already, new ones are an easy way to add sparkle to the room and to really revitalise it. You can get cabin beds for kids – you could also look online for pirate ship or race car beds, meaning that your kids can use their beds as a place for imaginative play as well as sleep.
Decide what exactly you want the room to be used for. If your kids generally play in the rest of the house or if you have a playroom, maybe you want to focus on their bedroom being a peaceful zone that’s mostly meant for relaxing, napping and sleeping at night. In that case, don’t go for colours that are too bright – try pale blue or green instead, and make sure there’s a cosy rug on the floor. If you want your child’s room to encourage independent, creative play then get a little desk that they can reach so they have access to their art supplies when they want, along with bright colours and stimulating toys within arm’s reach.
Your Living Room
Comfort is key. Although you want your living room to be somewhere you can have guests over, it also needs to be a comfortable room where you can put your feet up on the sofa, cover yourself in a fuzzy blanket, and watch three episodes of Crazy Ex Girlfriend on Netflix without being judged by any overly formal furniture. If your couch isn’t comfortable enough or if you’ve had it for ages and it’s started to get creaky and full of wayward springs, pick out a new one, and make sure you take your time so you get a couch that’s perfect for you. If you have young kids, go for a wipe-clean leather couch or at least one with covers that you can easily take off and wash.
Add some art. Of all rooms in your house, you can really display your personal taste in your living room, so add some framed prints by your favourite artists, or look in local antiques store to find original paintings that you love. If you love taking photographs of your family, try blowing one up and getting it printed onto canvas – just make sure that the photo is high enough resolution for it to be good quality!
Invest in new lighting. In the kitchen it’s obviously incredibly useful to have bright overhead lights. Of all rooms in your house, it’s probably most important to be able to see well in the kitchen – you don’t want to have any accidents with knives while you’re making dinner because it was dim in there, and you want to be able to see exactly what state of cooked your chicken is so you don’t accidentally give your family food poisoning. However, if you eat in your kitchen then bright white overhead lights can feel alienating and like too much – they won’t lead to a particularly warm or friendly family atmosphere. Get a stand up lamp with a warmer glow and switch off the bright white lights. You could even light a candle.
Update your cabinets. A complete kitchen overhaul and renovation is more expensive than many of us can afford, but luckily there are ways that you can make small changes without breaking the bank. If you have wood cabinets, strip them down and repaint them – you could even replace the knobs and handles with something a little more interesting and unique.
Turn it into a relaxing zen zone. Paint the walls a calming colour like off white or pale grey, and add scented candles like sandalwood and lavender so that you can relax and really enjoy your morning shower or evening bath. If you’re a busy mother, then chances are your bathroom time is some of the only time you get to yourself every day, so you should really try to make the most of it and enjoy it. Don’t skimp on products or linens. If you use high quality hand soap and hand lotion your skin will be in better condition, and you’ll enjoy it every time you wash your hands.
Add a heated towel rack. It’s such a simple thing to do but rest assured it will make your life better every single time you have a shower. There’s nothing like stepping out of the shower and wrapping a soft, fresh, warm towel around yourself – and it’ll also help to dry your towel in record time, meaning that any smells of mould or damp will be prevented.