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Flu proof your Room

Sneezing in a white hankie. (Mcarlandmo, Wikimedia Commons).

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.

Is Your Phone a Flu Magnet?

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.

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.

Crafty bedroom ideas

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.

Make a cute DIY bench. (fabuloushomeblog.com)
A fabric headboard. (allthingsthrifty.com)
Dividers emerge from old cerealboxes. (Oscar Learn, Oscar Teach!)
Indoor tulips (fabuloushomeblog.com

A bedroom made for two

Bunk beds (Miguel Andrade Wikimedia Commons)

Perpendicular bunk beds (nooshloves)

Are your children sharing a bedroom? There are many advantages to lodging siblings in one room: The arrangement teaches them how to share, how to compromise, and also how to be assertive when need be. Moreover, it teaches your children how to be mindful and respectful of each other’s property. When it comes to furnishing and decorating, however, you have to remain mindful of the smaller amount of space you have to work with. While you want your children to learn how to share space, you don’t want them stepping over each other’s toes. Read on for some tips on how to furnish and design a visually appealing shared bedroom while conserving space:

Bunk them. Buy a pair of bunk beds and stand them in one corner of the room. Bunk beds free up a lot of floor room, providing an ample play area for your children. You can add even more compactness by buying a bunk bed with a chest of drawers or a cubbyhole shelf built into the side — extra storage that doesn’t take up any extra square feet. With bunk beds, the interior decor can be as plain or wild as you and your children want — buy elegant wooden bunk beds and decorate with a soft palette, like this room, or go all-out and create a splashy themed room. Bunk beds can lend the structure to some wonderfully whimsical ideas, like this ‘playground’ bunk bed from CedarWorks, which includes detachable slides. Other themed rooms on Pinterest feature two-level mock houses and mock tree forts.

*****A new twist on an old idea ***** Instead of facing the bunk beds in the same direction, you could also try placing them perpendicular to one another. This creates a different design look which opens up new possibilities. You can use the space freed up under the top bunk for a chest of drawers, a small play area, or both. When your children get older, you could also put a desk or a file cabinet in that space for school purposes.

Keep them separate If you and your children aren’t keen on the idea of bunk beds, you can keep the bed separate while still maximizing floor space. Put the two beds on risers and install drawers or cubbies beneath each bed, or buy two beds with bottom storage space already built-in. With the storage space underneath the beds, you don’t need to waste any square feet on an extra chest of drawers. Lastly, consider getting a floor rug that helps serve as a natural dividing line, like in this room featured in Homes and Gardens, to help your children minimize any sibling disagreements over floor space.

Fall Blankets and Sheets

Fall is coming and it is now the time to focus on the best sheet and blanket options for the season! There are so many options out there that you can choose from to make your bed a haven to cuddle in. There are microfiber, cotton, or flannel bed sheets. There are down comforters, standard comforters, or even bed throws to select from. When deciding on the best sheet or blanket options, you have to take in all of the deciding factors before making the best choice you can.

Sheets

Microfiber

Microfiber sheets are amazing. They are incredibly soft, smooth, and are made from small polyester fibers. The drawback with Microfiber, however, is the tendency to prevent the body from breathing. I personally do not like Microfiber because it makes you sweat a lot during the night. For autumn nights anywhere, you want to be able to breathe!

Cotton

Cotton Sheet SetCotton sheets come in so many varieties and thread counts. In my house, we prefer sateen sheets due to the soft feel. Cotton sheets are probably the best option for fall 2014 due to the fact that it breathes well and is incredibly durable. It comes in every style and color to match whatever decorating style you are going for.

Flannel

For areas where it gets colder in the fall, flannel is a great choice for sheets. It is an incredibly soft fabric that keeps you warm throughout the entire night. It also is really durable and heavy.

Blankets

Down Comforters

Along with flannel, down comforters are great for colder climates. They help hold in the heat from the bodies they cover, keeping everything warmer. We live in an area where it is really warm, so I personally get way too hot under a big down comforter, but they seriously do get incredibly warm and cozy.

Standard Comforters

Standard comforters are exactly that: standard. They are pretty much the most versatile option you can get, which makes them probably the best option for the 2014 fall season. They are great in any climate, go with all decorating schemes, and can be used in any scenario. We use two on our bed because we both like to have our own. It prevents stealing each others.

Bed Throws

Used in warmer climates or for people who tend to get hot quickly, bed throws are thinner blankets used on beds or as decorative accents on couches. I would probably suggest these only for situations like the above as they are shorter, thin, and flimsy blankets.

Regardless of the blanket or sheets you choose, always research before you make your purchase. There are countless options for any decorative or climate situation. Make the educated decision and just pick what is best for you and your family!

Bedrooms with pizzazz

Rule of Three
A bedroom with green pillows. (D. Guedj Wikimedia Commons)

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.