When planning your spring cleaning, you need to place a priority on your bedroom. This is because you rely on your bedroom to provide you a peaceful, restful, and (most importantly) allergen-free place to sleep and rejuvenate. Without this sleep enhancing environment, it will be harder to perform at your best.
Spring Cleaning Your Bedroom to Achieve Optimum Sleep
For the ultimate sleeping environment, you need not only cleanliness but also order organization and regulation of air quality. You can provide all of this and more by focusing on the following areas:
Put away clothes piled on dressers, and shoes lying on the floor. If possible, remove items not directly related to sleep, such as the TV, computer, desk, or exercise equipment. Arrange the furniture in a logical way so that both sides of the bed can be easily accessed and both bed partners have access to their own nightstand. Decorate the room sparingly and don't place too many knick-knacks on shelves and furniture. The goal is to create a relaxing environment devoid of visual overstimulation that could interfere with your rest.
Store Winter Items
If you have a large walk-in closet, you can skip this step. But otherwise, consider packing away puffy winter coats and bulky winter boots. This way, your closet and drawers are not overstuffed with items you won't be using anytime soon. You will further reduce clutter, and make it easier to quickly find the items you will be needing over the spring and summer.
To help reduce allergy symptoms when sleeping, thoroughly dust the dresser, shelves, blinds, and baseboards. Vacuum carpets and rugs (using a HEPA-equipped vacuum, if possible). Steam clean carpets, upholstered furniture, and rugs. Mop hardwood floors. Wash all bedding in the highest allowable temperature, and tumble dry for at least 30 minutes. If your HVAC filter is due for replacement, replace it, and with a HEPA filter if possible. Performing these steps in the spring can help reduce seasonal allergies like hay fever.
Control Air Quality
Maintain an indoor humidity between 30% and 50% and an indoor temperature at or below 67 degrees. This will help prevent allergy symptoms from mold and dust mites.
Rid Your Bedding of Allergens
Updating your bedding will not only provide enhanced comfort, but also a cleaner and healthier environment. Specifically, unprotected mattresses and pillows can host a concentration of allergy inducers like dust mites, pollen, and mold. Options include installing a mattress protector and pillow protector to seal in allergens so they can no longer bother you, as well as sealing out new allergens, preventing them from settling into the mattress and pillow fibers. For a complete solution, consider installing the mattress protector on a new, high-quality memory foam mattress. Memory foam offers inherent qualities that prevent allergens from infiltrating the mattress materials. And for the ultimate in comfort, plus heat and moisture management, consider hypoallergenic Tencel sheets as well. The following products are some of the most effective at reducing allergy symptoms caused by seasonal allergies such as hay fever: Sleep 400 12-Inch Cooling Gel Memory Foam Mattress , As it adapts to the shape of your body, it provides customized support, while keeping you cool. The three layers of quality memory foam are naturally resistant to bed bugs and allergens, helping you to maintain a clean and discomfort-free sleep environment. The cooling gel-infused layer mattress disperses away body heat. Energize Collection , 300S Series Sheet Sets , Featuring a soft silk-like feel, these Tencel sheets keep you cool, manage moisture, resist bacteria, and are non-allergy inducing. Energize Collection , 400K Series Bedding Protection Kit , A 360-degree solution to protect your mattress and pillow from bed bugs, dust mites, allergens, mold, sweat, spills, stains, and more. Preserves the peak performance of your mattress and pillow and makes them last longer, too. Spring cleaning your bedroom will pay dividends in terms of restful sleep. That' because taking steps to provide a clean, uncluttered, and comfortable environment will help ensure more energy and productivity in the morning.