Did you know Americans spend approximately 90 percent of their time indoors? While a lot of that time is spent at work, school, and shopping, the most critical hours are the ones that take place within your bedroom. And that was before quarantine!

English novelist Jane Austen was right when she wrote, “There is nothing like staying at home for real comfort.” By improving the way we tidy up, sleep, and work, we can make our apartment bedrooms more comfortable and inviting.

A clean slate

Your bedroom is the last thing you see at night and the first thing you see in the morning. Begin and end every day by making sure the space around you is uncluttered. Have you noticed how easy it is for one stack of laundry to grow into two or three piles? By making quick cleaning sweeps part of your daily routine, your living space will always be neat.

Catching Z’s

The average American only sleeps 6.8 hours a night. While that doesn’t sound like much, it equals 2,482 hours of shuteye over a year. Do yourself a favor and swap out a clean pair of sheets weekly. Keep a second pair of laundered sheets and pillowcases on hand so you can switch them out on a routine basis. Using a gentle fabric softener will freshen up your room and help you go to la-la land.

Hitting the books

Before the coronavirus epidemic, approximately 7 percent of Americans worked from home. A lot of that work was probably done in bedroom offices, which are also an excellent place to study and, let’s face it, play video games. Secure a chair that provides you with ergonomic support, and set up your monitor and keyboard so they support good posture to help you avoid getting tired and sore. Open the blinds to let in natural light and remember to take breaks from staring at your monitor.

You should look forward to spending time in your bedroom. By taking the time to clean up your living space, improve your sleep, and create a comfortable work environment, you can make your apartment bedroom homier.