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I have this image in my head of having a calm and gentle heart which translates into how I keep the heart of my house. Some times, I attain something close to this goal. At other times, I let it become the staging ground for laundry that is folded and not put away, for packages that need to go here or there, for cleaning materials that could be put out of sight, and for an array of cosmetics that could be ordered.
I'm determined this summer to beautify my love nest on a tiny budget. Yes, I am an empty nester, so any of my young readers might be thinking, "Why does it matter at your old age if the bedroom is a romantic, soothing, relaxing place or not?" The answer is; you're never too old to want the place you share with your husband to be inviting. :) Also, the older you get, the better it feels to have a tidy, lovely place in which to re-charge not only your marriage, but your physical health and your spirits.
I have some chronic ailments which slow me down. It's just when I'm at my most fatigued that I am tempted to clean the public areas of my home, the areas that visitors will see, yet skimp on my bedroom. Ironically, it's at those times that I most desire to be able to curl up and recover in a clean and comforting environment. In view of that, I've decided to reinforce my routines for keeping the bedroom neat.
Along those lines, here are a few things I've learned in 32 years of marriage:
1) Your definition of a hot love nest might be different from your husband's, and vice versa. In fact, your husband may not care very much about a romantic setting as long as there's no clutter and you've got a smile on your face. Try to incorporate both his tastes and yours in your room so that the space is appealing to you both. Update things as both of your tastes evolve over the years.
2) Try your hardest to maintain your room as a place for sleep, romance, and prayer. Try to find other spaces for work, hobbies, working on your finances, TV, etc. If you live in a one bedroom apartment and must use your bedroom for many purposes, find ways to attractively hide your activities away so that your room will be a restful place. Catch some 70's re-runs and notice how Mary Tyler More always pulled a screen down to hide her kitchen after she finished cleaning it. She also made a ritual of pulling out her hideaway bed and neatening it every morning. Her character was single, but it's not a bad example for married women, too.
3) You will get behind at times. This is especially true if you are a mother with young children. That's ok. Just get back on track as soon as you can. It doesn't have to be perfect. Just be consistent in your efforts to keep things neat and sweet.
4) Teach your children to respect your bedroom. (And, show some respect for their personal spaces, as well). Teach them how to knock if they need you.
5) If you are the mother of young children, remember that the time when they will grow up and start their own adult lives is closer than you think it is. The transition to an empty nest is much easier if you make consistent investments in your marriage. Doing what you can when you can to keep your bedroom lovely is one way to show your husband that you love and value him.
I've been totally inspired by this blogger's creative and inexpensive bedroom makeover! It makes me want to take a beach vacation with my dear hubby, aka the Professor. :)
Do you have any bedroom projects going on this summer? Do post a link and some photos!