Personal bedrooms are hidden from the world for the most part. In the hurried busyness of daily life it’s easy to let the bedroom become the dumping ground for laundry and all that stuff no one knows what to do with.
Let’s walk down the hall and peek into your bedroom. What do you see? A peaceful sanctuary or a jumbled mess? How does it make you feel?
Do receipts, old magazines, dead computer parts and gift wrap supplies litter the dresser top? Are unmatched sheets and an old blanket thrown on the bed? Does it seem that the chipped furniture and dirty walls don’t matter because no one sees it except you?
Your bedroom is the first thing you see in the morning and the last thing you see at night. The place where you dress and undress affects your mind and emotions. The room where you nurture relationships and spend private time in your marriage is important.
We lived in a certain house for five years. The master bedroom was spacious, the comforter set was pretty and the painting above the couch was beautiful, but the walls were plain vanilla white. For five years I wanted to paint that white bedroom but we never got around to it.
When we moved to another house the master bedroom was, once again, white. One day, a few months after moving (and probably at a certain time of the month), I said to my husband, “Life is too short to not paint your bedroom the color you want.”
He bought apple-green paint and painted it the next day, bless his heart. That was nine years ago and the color of my bedroom still makes me smile.
Our house is decorated in Early Garage Sale, and the bedroom is no exception. Beauty can be inexpensive. Don’t get discouraged and think “someday, when I can afford it I’ll have a beautiful home.”
What do you have in your hand?
Mostly I had $10 and creativity. Don’t wait to live a beautiful life until you can afford new furniture and an expensive bedding set. Life happens today.
Look through magazines and see what speaks to you. Unless you found the magazine in a waiting room, tear out the photos you’re drawn to and put them in a notebook or large envelope. Study the photo and decide what you like. Think of ways to copy that in your own rooms. Your local library contains many books on decorating and the library is free. “I’m not creative” you may say. Anybody can copy a paragraph from great literature, and you can copy a tabletop display from a photo.
Please keep your bedroom picked up. Dirty clothes can hide in a basket on the floor of the closet. Make the bed each morning. Pretty sheets and a comforter you love will encourage you to do so. Clear the dresser tops and counters of clutter and set out some pretty things. Daily maintenance is easier than a gigantic cleaning project.
The state of your bedroom can be a symptom of a deeper problem of neglecting yourself and your marriage. The years of childbearing and schooling are challenging and demanding.
It’s easy to think your spouse is an adult and can “wait.” It’s easy to put off caring for yourself. It’s easy to delegate the master bedroom to the bottom of the decorating list.
Look at your bedroom (and your relationship) with new eyes. Is your bedroom a beauty or a beast?