Building the Organic Bedroom

November 21, 2016

Building the Organic Bedroom

From food to cleaning products, the organic philosophy has taken over many facets of your everyday life. But as you strive to make each meal fully organic, you may be ignoring an area of your life just as impactful as the kitchen: the bedroom.

Why is organic necessary in the bedroom?

Synthetic bedroom materials prevent you from living out the eco-friendly ideals you hold dear, but they also have a detrimental impact on the six to eight hours you spend in bed each night. Far less breathable than organic cotton, synthetic materials lead to a build-up of microbes and even dust mites. Furthermore, volatile organic compounds (VOCs) contained in conventionally dyed fabrics can cause invisible toxins such as formaldehyde to enter the lungs. Although difficult to detect in the present, these toxins can cause huge problems down the road. 

How to Create an Organic Bedroom

If you're looking to improve your sleeping habits and your authenticity as an eco-friendly individual, follow these steps to build your dream organic bedroom:

1. Get rid of clutter.

An organic bedroom is more than an amalgamation of eco-friendly linens. Your bedroom should be your sanctuary -- your place to escape the stress of everyday life. Before you invest in new linens, pillows, or furniture, get rid of any clutter that causes you stress. To determine what needs to go, take a step into your room as it currently appears, but view it with fresh eyes. Which objects distract or obstruct? Which are actually necessary? Remove items deemed unnecessary and then take a second look. You may need to play around with layout to determine which setup makes you feel most at ease.

2. Replace synthetic materials with organic.

Now that you've ditched the clutter, it's time to replace items that fail to promote full health and comfort. First on the list should be your old synthetic sheets and blankets. Invest in a high-quality set of organic cotton sheets, duvets, and pillow covers. 

3. Add organic touches as you see fit.

There is no one correct approach to decor, but there is a certain satisfaction in observing an all-natural room, in which every item was produced with sustainable materials and ethical manufacturing practices. Soy candles, for example, add a pleasing scent and general ambiance to your room, without exposing you to toluene, benzene, and other toxins generated by conventional candles. Organic cloves give off a satisfyingly earthy scent, all while naturally keeping insects at bay. 

4. Make occasional changes, as necessary.

The organic bedroom you envision today may not look exactly like the bedroom you desire in the future. As time passes, you may need to make occasional changes to ensure that your bedroom remains a harmonious, welcoming place. These changes could be as significant as a complete rearrangement of your furniture, or as minor as the addition of a new organic candle.

5. Stay true to yourself.

No two organic bedrooms will look exactly alike. Each room should reflect the occupants' personality and ideals. Eco-friendliness will play a major role in linen and decor selection, of course, but spirituality and personal preferences are just as important. When a friend or family member walks into your bedroom, he or she should immediate identify your essence -- what makes you you. Capture this, and you'll always feel at home in your personal sanctuary.



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