If you’re one of those people who wakes up feeling wide awake and ready to take on the day every morning, then congratulations, because you’re a rare breed. For most of us, the 6 am struggle is very real. But morning person or not, dawn doesn’t have to be completely painful every day. From hanging the right shades to creating a functional closet, these design hacks will help you get up on the right side of the bed and find a morning routine that works for you.
Bring on the Brights
We typically like to use soothing, neutral hues in the bedroom. But if you have no trouble snoozing and a lot of trouble waking up, try incorporating bright pops of color. Whether that means painting your walls a sunny shade of chartreuse or simply adding bold accents, color can go a long way in affecting your mental and physical behaviors. So brighten up to wake up!
Prep Your Essentials
There are certain things you want by your bedside when you go to sleep (a glass of water, ear plugs, etc.). But what about your morning essentials? Fresh flowers or a plant will stimulate your senses in the early hours or an activating eye mask can help bring those tired eyes to life. When it comes to getting ready, some sort of vanity where all your products are laid out neatly can really help eliminate some of the stress of finding the proper beauty tools. And let’s not forget the three ultimate essentials: keys, wallet, phone. Place your things in a catch all tray by the door or hang them on a stylish set of wall hooks so you can always find them when it’s time to leave in the morning.
Rethink Your Wardrobe
Sometimes getting out of bed and showering is the easy part. But when it’s time to get dressed, the bed starts calling your name again. Does this sound like you? For many people, clothing dilemmas are a daily disruption to their morning routine. But the root of the problem might be coming from the closet. Start by eliminating clutter then tackle the organizational elements of your wardrobe. Arranging your clothes by color, type of item and even the season can make getting dressed a lot easier. And of course, we recommend choosing your outfit the night before and placing it in a designated spot in order to optimize the flow of your morning.
Let the Light In
Natural light is one of your body’s cues to wake up. So if you’re letting your light-blocking shades cover the windows all morning, you’re probably going to feel a little groggy. Consider investing in a motorized shade. They can be activated using a remote control or you can set a timer to raise your window shade at the same time your alarm goes off. If this isn’t an option, try cracking open your curtains or blinds right after you get out of bed every morning and allow the morning light to flow in and help you rise alert and ready to take on the day.
Set Up a Beverage & Breakfast Bar
The smell of fresh coffee roasting in the morning is a natural stimulant. But most of us don’t get to that part of our routine until long after we get out of bed. If you’re waiting till you’re at work to get your caffeine fix, then the first step is making coffee or tea at home instead. And while you’re at it, you may as well eat breakfast (aka the most important meal of the day). Set up a spot in your kitchen where all your morning sustenance essentials can live (it helps to have a good-looking french press, tea pot or coffee maker and a few mugs that you love). Then, prep your food and drink every night before you go to bed so you only have to push a button, pour some water or pop toast in the toaster in the morning.
Create a Cozy Nook or Meditation Zone
When you wake up at the last possible minute, you’re setting yourself up for a frantic day. So instead of hitting snooze ten times, make room in your routine for a few personal moments. It’s important to get out of bed soon after your alarm goes off, so set up relaxing area in your space where you can go before getting ready for the day.
Add a settee or bench to the end of the bed or a cozy chair in the corner of your room where you can snuggle up with a throw, drink some coffee and catch up on reading. Or if you need something a little bit more active, set up an area where you can lay out a yoga mat, stretch, and meditate. A special, well-designed space to start your day can make the prospect of waking up a whole lot more exciting.