When it comes to hitting the “refresh” button on life during the New Year, it can be tempting to go all out — from joining a gym and purchasing healthy foods to (finally) making over your home so that it’s more beautiful, relaxing, and cheerful. Things like time and budget, however, can throw an unwanted wrench into your refresh plans, and you might find yourself at a stand-still. When things like this get me into a snag, I find it helpful to turn to this age-old truism: A little goes a long way. If re-outfiting your wardrobe is out of the question, sometimes all it takes is a fresh manicure or haircut to make you feel new and refreshed. By the same token, if getting your home in top-to-bottom order seems a little too overwhelming, choosing a single space or nook to focus on can yield similar mindset-recharging results. For a quick at-home update, I often turn to the bedroom. As an overall space, it’s generally pretty easy to tackle, bed linens are often affordable, and a few simple steps can make a world of difference. Continue below for my tips for giving your own bedroom a good ol’ 1-2-3 makeover! —Max
Ironing your sheets and shams
I admit, this might seem a little bit excessive. Still, there’s nothing like falling asleep on crisply ironed bed linens and, as far as over-the-top home luxuries go, this one is super easy and costs practically no money at all.
To do this, I love to use a scented linen spray. This accomplishes the same thing as plain old water when ironing, but it also imparts a bit of aroma-therapeutic fragrance, which can elevate your mood and aid in sleep. (Check out our DIY for lavender-scented linen spray here.) Working in one small area at a time, simply spray your linens with an even mist of linen spray and follow up with a hot iron with even pressure. If you’re working with a large piece like a flat sheet or duvet cover, it can be helpful to use a large ironing surface, if available. A standard-sized ironing board, however, still works great (albeit a little more slowly) for getting the job done.
Getting those perfect corners!
Perfecting your sheet-tuck game is a lot simpler than it looks and can go a long way in terms of making your bed look beautifully made. Just follow these steps:
1. Lay your flat sheet down evenly on top of your bed and let the excess length fall off of the foot.
2. Tuck the sheet’s excess length underneath the foot-end of the mattress, allowing the excess on either side of the bed to hang down.
3. Pull up of the sides of the sheet so that it forms a triangle with sides that are roughly 45-degrees from the bed’s corner. Tuck the hangover closest to the foot of the bed underneath the mattress side.
4. Pull down the tip of your triangle and tuck it underneath the mattress side. Tuck in the rest of the remaining excess underneath the mattress. Presto! Perfect corners!
Some added touches
While this is certainly a sometimes thing, I love a nice, fresh flower arrangement on my bedside table. I find that smaller containers, like the above toothbrush tumbler from
Target, make for perfect bedside vases. Cut your stems shorter than you normally would and put them into your water-filled container. A toothbrush holder with slots for individual toothbrushes can also work wonderfully — simply arrange your flowers so that they fit into each slot!