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Bedroom remodel, before

Elevated storage bed

"What's next?" I asked Mark once the living room remodel was basically complete. "Hauling in manure for the spring garden? Cleaning out the composting toilet?"

"None of the above," my husband replied, and I could see him thinking that he might never get me into remodeling mode again if he let me stop now. "Next up is your room."

Bedroom start

Before anyone gets concerned about the state of our marriage, I should explain that I'm the world's lightest sleeper. After battling with insomia for decades, I finally developed sufficient sleep hygiene so I mostly sleep when and where I should. But nothing living is allowed to be anywhere near me when I sleep, and my sleeping room can be used for nothing except sleeping and changing clothes...which means it looks significantly worse than my office area did pre-remodel. Sleep hygiene, to me, doesn't seem to involve actual, well cleaning.

Raised storage bed

What's the plan? Mark helped me purge about two-thirds of my accumulated possessions, then I packed the rest into bins to sit under the sofa during remodel part two. I've picked out paint, Mark brought home the lumber, and next week will be time for rejuvenation of my sleeping space!

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About us: Anna Hess and Mark Hamilton spent over a decade living self-sufficiently in the mountains of Virginia before moving north to start over from scratch in the foothills of Ohio. They've experimented with permaculture, no-till gardening, trailersteading, home-based microbusinesses and much more, writing about their adventures in both blogs and books.

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Glad you are continuing with the interior while the weather is a bit cold and you are inside more. Should be lovely.
Comment by Charity Mon Jan 9 15:55:26 2017

But nothing living is allowed to be anywhere near me when I sleep

Depending on how long it has been since you replaced your matrass and pillow, you'd be amazed at how many living things are near you when you sleep...

On a different note, research has show that we sleep better if we sleep alone. And of course if you'd let the cats in, they'd be sleeping in comfort, while you'd be twisted like a pretzel. :-)

Sleep hygiene, to me, doesn't seem to involve actual, well cleaning.

That probably doesn't help. It seems to me that bedrooms are often the most dusty places in a house.

Comment by Roland_Smith Mon Jan 9 17:54:21 2017

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