Influenza, also known as the flu virus, can make you feel horrible for days on end. But by regularly disinfecting your bedroom, your odds of catching the flu can drop significantly. Following these simple tips can make a big difference when flu season rolls around:
Scrub all surfaces
Because flu viruses can survive on hard surfaces for up to two days, it’s important to regularly wipe them down. Pay special attention to frequently touched surfaces like doorknobs, computer keyboards and screens, tables, chairs, your nightstand and your vanity. And definitely watch out for your desk – experts say that cleaning off a frequently used workspace like your desk can reduce your exposure to the flu by up to 50 percent.
Pay attention to your phone
You might have never suspected your shiny new iPhone from doing wrong, but in fact, our cell phones can become major breeding grounds for all sorts of microbes. According to a <a href=http://techcrunch.com/2010/10/15/germs-iphone-phones-flu/>2010 Stanford University study,</a> telephones can harbor 18 times more germs than a toilet seat. So be sure to disinfect your phone regularly. If you’re technologically inclined, you can even buy a device that’ll gently clean off the sensitive tech parts with <a href=http://www.geeksugar.com/Clean-Your-Cellphone-UV-11478037>UV light.</a>
Sanitize your remote control
Got a TV in your room? Unfortunately, your remote control is also germ hotspot. Because you and flip through channels on a daily basis, your remote control becomes a carrier of all sorts of tiny fauna. So, as with your phone, make sure to give it a hardy spritz of sanitizer on a regular basis.
Use a humidifier
Using a humidifier on the air in your room can also ward away microbe invaders. Influenza’s ability to replicate is lessened when the humidity level in your room is higher.
Dry out bedsheets and clothing
Pay attention to both your wardrobe and your bedding. Note that just <a href=http://www.diylife.com/2010/11/25/flu-symptoms-proof-your-home/>one infected sheet</a> or piece of clothing is enough to spread the flu to an entire load of laundry. So to lessen the risk of catching something, turn your washing machine up to 150 degrees and don’t leave your wet laundry to dry on a clothing rack – dry everything in a dryer for 45 minutes minimum. These precautions, especially during flu season, can help keep your wardrobe and your bed virus-free.
Making decorative crafts for your bedroom is a great way not only to hone your crafty side but also to give your space a personal touch. After all, what better shows off your individuality than crafts that you’ve made by hand? The projects below don’t require a lot of steps, or a lot of materials, but look very professional once completed. Armed with these crafty hacks, you’re bedroom will be looking super cute in no time.
Organize by upcycling. Desk drawers get messy; that’s just a fact. If your drawers have a tendency to get out of control, consider making drawer dividers using old cereal boxes. Simply cut the bottoms off of a few from your recycling bin, cover them with wrapping paper or wall paper and then secure the paper with glue or tape on the bottom. Sure, you could just go out and buy dividers too — but they won’t be as cute as these! Moreover, because you’re upcycling boxes, these drawer dividers cost almost nothing to create.
Add some floral notes. Add some indoor flowers to your room with a couple of clever tricks. Fill a glass container about 1/3 of the way with either clear glass marbles or stones. Place a tulip bulb on top of the stones, pointed end up, and add further support to the bulb by adding a few more rocks or marbles around it. Finally, pour water into the container. The water line should be close to the bulb, but shouldn’t touch it. With your tulip in a glass container, you’ll see the roots develop in a fascinating and artistic way.
DIY furniture. Do you want an extra place to sit in your room? Make a custom bench with cute fabric to go at the foot of your bed. Take a trip to Home Depot and buy four legs, a piece of wood, four chair leg plates and some screws. Then go to the craft store to pick out some padding and choose a few yards of fabric. Wrap the padding and the fabric around the piece of wood and staple with an industrial stapler to secure them in place. Drill a hole through the center of each leg, and attach them to the wood using the the chair leg plates and four sturdy screws. When you’re finished, you’ll have an adorable and sturdy extra seat.
Decorate a headboard. Are you thinking about changing your headboard? Consider making one of your own with fabric that matches your bed’s color sheme. You’ll need fabric, mattress toppers, wood and a thin backer board. All of these can be found at Wal Mart or craft stores. Also go to Home Depot for screws and a wood board. Measure your headboard space and cut your wood board to fit. Then cut the wood again into even squares. Cover each square with a piece of mattress topper and then fabric, then staple into place. Finally, secure your fabric squares to the backer board using screws or a hot glue gun. And then — voila, you’re finished! Depending on the type of fabric you choose, you can either totally remake your bedroom’s look, or simply add a little bit of crafty flair with this neat trick.
If you’re looking to add some pizzazz to your personal space, but don’t have a lot of time to invest in decorating, there are nonetheless a variety of ways you can give it a decent makeover by simply rearranging or adding accessories. Read on to get some tips on how to make your room visually pop with minimal effort:
Add something seasonal. Switch up some of your decor pieces four times a year in tune with the seasons. For example, you could celebrate spring by hanging floral artwork above your desk, or welcome a warm summer by exhibiting turquoise pottery on your vanity. For the fall, bring out a pair of red curtains and for the winter, a thick fur coverlet. Mixing up the accessories in your room when the seasons change will keep it looking fresh and visually appealing.
Experiment with pillows. Pillows, especially the decorative ones, add a lot of dramatic colouring. In fact, buying pillows for your bed (unlike painting the walls or changing the light fixtures) is one of the easiest ways to experiment with your bedroom’s colour, as you’re not making any heavy changes to your room when you do so. If you buy pillows that are wildly different colours , say red and black for example, you may find that they add a lot of contrast or depth to the color scheme of your room. Then again, depending on your room’s size and wall paint, that might not be the case at all! But by buying pillows and experimenting, you’ll know for sure one way or another. Experts also recommend that you use three or more pillows on your bed (the more the better). One or two pillows look small and flat, and won’t do the colors you’ve picked out justice.
Accessorize in odd numbers. Arrange items in threes or fives on a vanity, nightstand or or on your wall to create a layered effect. Better yet, arrange items with varied sizes, like three candles or five coloured bottles that exhibit different heights. The Rule of Three is a principle used in various aspects of design, not only interior decorating but also photography, graphic design and architecture. In general, the rule states that details and items grouped in odd numbers are more visually appealing, memorable, and effective on the onlooker than even-numbered arrangements.
Is furnishing a new bedroom putting a strain on your wallet? Consider using a couple of smart upcycling techniques to save a lot of money on either pieces of furniture or accessories. Upcycling is the practice of taking old objects doomed to the trash bin and transforming them into something both useful and gorgeous — while remaining, of course, dirt cheap. The following upcycling bedroom ideas, the brainchildren of several crafty bloggers with an eye for interior design, prove that chic doesn’t have to be costly.
Big persian carpets add a unique dimension to a bedroom, but a nice one can be expensive. Instead, try painting a colorful design on some spare carpeting or an inexpensive rug. Design blogger Lydia Pudel crafted the carpet below by cutting out a stencil, tracing the stencil over the carpet, and then using wall paint to transform the rug from a boring white into a dreamy, Moroccan themed piece.
Do you have an old door lying around somewhere? You might not expect it, but old doors make wonderful new ‘shabby chic’ bookshelves. The Craftaholics Anonymous blog features a corner bookshelf made out of two halves of a door. The crafter used a circular saw to chisel the door in two. She then nailed the two halves together, perpendicular to one another and added shelving. The result is a one-of-a-kind piece that makes the entire room pop. Craftaholics Anonymous is not the only blog that is repurposing old doors, however — check Pinterest for more ideas on how to transform old doors into viable pieces of furniture. Other ideas include coffee tables, desks, cupboards and even wall sconces.
Tablecloths are made from sturdy fabric and don’t just have to be for the table. You can use a new tablecloth or re-use an old one for inexpensive curtains in your bedroom. Simply iron out any wrinkles and clip them into place on the curtain rod — no sewing necessary. In fact, tablecloths are very versatile — check Pinterest for more ideas on how to use them for new chair cushions, pillows and more.
Dogs are man’s best friend, but your dog’s bed is likely not on friendly terms with the style police. Pillow-shaped traditional dog beds, with their fleece coverings and often awkward color scheme, might not mesh well with your home decor. So how can you find something that will have Fido slumbering in style as well as comfort? Surprisingly, there are a lot of options out there that have the potential to please not only your best bud but also your sense of personal aesthetics.
Look for wooden raised beds. A raised wooden dogbed is generally reminiscent of a shelf or a cubbyhole, with four legs which lift the bed off the ground by a few inches. Some beds are small and compact, while others are wide and elegant. The wooden finish on most of these dog beds matches well with most home color schemes. Moreover, both you and your buddy will benefit from a better airflow around the bed which reduces odours – a perk that comes with the raised design. Look for wooden dogbeds in speciality online boutiques, like Chesea Dogs.
Repurpose a wine crate. If you don’t want to spend the money for a wooden raised dog bed and you have a small to medium dog, consider using a simple hack: Use a wine crate. With its wooden finish and wine signage, a wine crate is just as elegant as any wooden dog bed. Use a circular saw to cut a semi circle in one side of the wine crate so that your pet can easily get in and out of the bed. To make it easier to move, apply four wooden rounds to the bottom of each of the crate’s corners. Then add a mini pillow to the interior, and voila! It’s gorgeous, it’s simple, and what’s more, it cost you almost nothing.
Use an old suitcase If you’d like something a bit more unique and ‘shabby chic,’ consider creating a pet bed from an old suitcase — at least, if you have one roomy enough for your pooch. First, line the suitcase with a piece of foam for cushioning. Then choose a matching fabric to cover the foam, tucking the excess over the corners and edges. After that, you’re ready to tuck your pooch in and have him enjoy the fruits of your labor.