Tips To Create Your Own Retreat

Tips To Create Your Own Retreat

The boss cut two days off the time she gave you to finish the departmental report. It’s Girl Scout cookie-selling season, and you volunteered to work the Walmart entrance on three Saturdays. Danny’s got a stomach bug, and this precious 8-year-old hasn’t mastered making it to the toilet when he gets sick. Oh, and hubby’s traveling for the next week and a half. Can it get any crazier?

Probably! But there are things you can do to not only survive but thrive. It’s no secret that a balanced diet, daily exercise, and a reasonable amount of sleep are necessary for keeping all the balls in the air. But there is one more thing that makes all the difference between surviving and thriving . . . create a bedroom retreat where you can shut out the crazy for a little bit.

Bed in a peaceful, soft-lit bedroom


Dresser – you can easily open and close every drawer. No drawer is more than 2/3 to 3/4 full. It only takes 2-3 minutes to dust the dresser top because there aren’t too many things on it collecting dust.

Closet – you can stand in front of your closet and open the door without having to move anything. Once the door is open, you can reach whatever you want without contorting yourself or shoving things aside. Clothes racks and shelving are no more than 2/3 to 3/4 full.

Woman buried under clothes in a messy closet

Floor space – you can easily move through your room without stepping over or on anything. No path makes you feel claustrophobic.

Décor – Too much or too little decor interferes with the vibe of the room. Hang family photos or artwork that delight you and are complementary to the room, but don’t go overboard. And don’t put too many pillows on the bed—a few go a long way.

Let It Go

Bedrooms are different sizes and shapes but, in general, the following items should be eliminated or minimized in most bedrooms:

Don’t keep things that make you think of your job or projects you’re working on. Your bedroom should be a place of relaxation rather than someplace that nags you about work.

Pile of children's toys

NO kids’ clothing or toys. They have their own bedrooms and play areas. You are all about your children most of the time, but this is the one place you should be able to come to and be all about yourself for a few minutes. This will not harm your children, but it will benefit you.

Don’t leave clothes out. If you do, it usually means you haven’t decluttered your closet and drawers enough to easily put away laundry. Or, you may need to revise your daily habits to begin putting away clothing after you take it off.

Avoid excess furniture. It may seem like a great place to keep that extra chair that doesn’t fit anywhere else, and you think you’ll use it for reading but, it becomes a clothes catcher and drop spot. Other items which rarely work well in bedrooms are valets for men’s clothing and exercise equipment (especially treadmills!). If your king-sized bed creates a tight fit, replace it with a queen-sized bed to create a much better feel in the room

What To Keep

Keep only clothes you need and are actively wearing. If you haven’t worn something in the last year, it’s time to let it go.

Beauty! A decorating guideline says 60% of a room should be one color, 30% a complementary color, and 10% a “pop” color. To beautify walls, use the Rule of 3 and create a group of three pictures, floating shelves, or other wall hangings. Place one or two of these groupings strategically in the room.

Don’t put more than 3 items on a dresser. For example, a small lamp, a make-up tray, and a jewelry box keep your dresser functional, pretty, and easy to dust.

Habits! Create the habit of making your bed each morning and tidying up at the end of the day. Dust and vacuum at least every other week. By spending less than 10 minutes each day and 30 minutes bi-weekly, you’ll have a retreat that is always ready to refresh and rejuvenate you.

What If You Need Help?

Don’t wait to find your restful retreat. Our Exploration Package will help you create your dream bedroom in 3 virtual sessions with guidance, homework, accountability, and encouragement. (And we’ll teach you how to keep it the way you like it!)

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