As a primary school teacher, I reckon I spent a good 8 hours a day in my bedroom. By the time I’d come home from work, cooked dinner with Ben, watched something on the TV and retired to the boudoir (lol sexy), it was late and my 5.50am alarm was staring at me.
But since ditching the day-job and taking the decision to blog and write full-time, I can safely say I spend a lot more time in these 4 walls. Yes, I get an extra hour and a bit lay-in before Ben leaves for work and chats to me as he gets ready but I also spend my mornings working in here too.
And I’d love to be the type that can sit on an uncomfy chair, at a desk I shoddily put together myself after 3 G&T cans and no food BUT when my bed is calling, it’s just not going to happen.
Anyone that follows me on Instagram will have seen the trials and tribulations we experienced when we naively thought a £200 bed bought from a website with no telephone number would actually be any good. You will have also seen the 16 slats that broke, virtually one a day from an errant toe or thunderous fart.
So when the situation became just too much to bear, we decided to buy a new bed. You’ll hear the story of how putting that together became our most memorable memory yet, very soon (no we didn’t make a baby in it).
With a new bed came new vigour to turn this space into a tidy, relaxing and mindful space. And luckily, Primark had just released all of their new season stock. So you can bet your butt I ran down to Tottenham Court Road to locate whatever I could.
Then I began tidying, organising and re-accessorizing to get the space to be more relaxing and inspiring. Here’s what you can do to clear your room and in turn, your mind!
Obvs get rid of old crusty contact lenses and errant tissues but also do an audit of the things in your room that just don’t need to be there. Organise them into piles of store, chuck and donate. The stuff you want to keep can be stored away. Bits that are too good to chuck can be bagged up to take to the charity shop or your local refuge and anything else (old pants etc) can just be binned.
But be ruthless – don’t hold on to a dress you wore once when it was precisely 24 degrees because it didn’t show that much sweat – if you know you’re not going to wear it again – get rid.
If you’re anything like me, an empty top becomes space to dump stuff. Whether that’s the top of desks, bedside tables or chest of drawers – if there’s empty space, I’m going to clutter it with Diet Coke cans, Primark sticker labels and 34663 pairs of sunglasses.
So make the space purposeful. I picked up this storage tray from Primark (£4.50) and turned it up so I could use it to hang my newest obsession – gold necklaces.
I also love putting plants and candles out as the plants soothe me (lol I say plant, it’s a face Primark eucalyptus that was £6) and the candles are nice to burn when it’s time to switch off. And you can definitely switch off knowing you only spent 80p on each of these.
I know, I know, with a working TV, comfy mattress and a charger close at hand – leaving the bedroom can be an insurmountable task – especially when you’ve made it look so fab with all of your new additions – but it’s better for you.
Sure, write a blog post or edit some pictures whilst you’re horizontally hugging your duvet – but try and find somewhere else to do the majority of your work.
What bits are you eyeing up from Primark? And what’s your WFH routine?
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