For some of us, the holiday break starts today. For others, it may start sometime next week, but one thing is for sure—there's only one thing on the agenda on day one of winter vacation: Do absolutely nothing. The one day of bliss that comes between the end-of-year rush and the holiday madness is a rarity to relish in once a year. Think about it—you don't have to think about work for another two weeks, and even if your gift shopping is not entirely done, you know you can afford one day of pure laziness to hit the reset button.
So how do you spend an entire day in bed without feeling the guilt sink in midafternoon? It all starts with a well-appointed bedroom that feels serene and clean. Taking the day off does not mean you get to revert back to your teenage slob ways. This day is all about you feeling rested and pampered. Stack up your favorite novels, queue up the Netflix, and settle in for a guilt-free lazy day.
Light it Up
You may not think of it in the morning, but if you're going to spend all day in bed, you'll need adequate lighting for when it gets dark, which around this time of year can be as early as 4 p.m. Bedside swing-arm sconces are great for directional light that you can easily switch on and off so you'll never strain your eyes when finishing three novels in one day.
Keep a Carafe
If you don't plan on getting up, make sure you have plenty of water to hydrate throughout the day. A water carafe and glassware should do the trick—also something handy to keep on the bedside for when you get thirsty in the middle of the night.
To make your bed extra cozy, layer blankets and quilts that will keep you warm all day long. A quilted coverlet will give you that country-house feeling and help you relax if you're in a busy city.
Use Extra-Fresh Sheets
If you're going to plan an extra-lazy day, make a point to change your sheets the night before. Halfway through your day in, you'll feel less like a total slob and more like John and Yoko during their luxe bed-in at the St. James Hotel if your linens are crisp, fresh, and perfectly plush—just like in a five-star guest room.
Layer Your Rugs
There's nothing better when getting up than stepping on a plush, soft rug.
If the rug around your bed isn't large enough, layer a sheepskin on top to make sure you feel just as cozy when you get out of bed as when you were in it.
Keep Textures Soft
Speaking of sheepskin, layer soft textures on your bed too. Faux fur, cashmere, or mohair will make you want to snuggle all day long with a cup of coffee and a Netflix session.
Don't Make the Bed
Last but not least, don't make the bed. Embrace the messy linens trend going on right now, and let your sheets breathe. If you're going to take the day off, do so completely.
How do you make your bed extra comfortable? Share your wisdom with us.