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We spend a third of our lives asleep—that means our bedroom is the most lived-in space in our home. It’s the room where we start and end our days, and that’s why the rituals that happen there are extra important. In The Wind Down, we’ll be exploring the nighttime routines of people we admire and taking their advice to make the moments just before bed feel our best.
Lindsey Boyd has made a career out of transforming a household chore into a luxurious experience to look forward to. As cofounder of The Laundress—you know, that super-chic, eco-friendly laundry detergent brand that makes your clothes fresh scented and clean—she’s an expert at getting her whole family ready for bed. (Hint: It involves No. 10 Detergent and a smart dryer hack.)
In the evenings, Boyd prioritizes family time, whether she’s reading with her kids, ages 5 and 8, or enjoying a meal listening to a bossa nova–filled playlist. The occasional bath instead of a shower or Grey’s Anatomy binge also provides a much-needed moment of zen in the life of the busy entrepreneur. When the day is said and done, she retires to a bed topped with plenty of pillows and perfectly ironed sheets. Now doesn’t that sound relaxing?
Below, she shares her nighttime routine in full.
Kids first: Typically, I start getting ready for bed when I put my kids to sleep, which is around 7 or 7:30 p.m. I wash my face and brush my teeth with them every night—this is key in case I doze off. Then they go into their rooms and pick out a book we’ll read together. Sometimes we’ll do family game night or we’ll play something called “Surprise Egg.” We ask them questions, and if they can answer correctly, they can pick something from an egg. They’re at an age where they don’t have homework, so we make evenings fun.
Skin saviors: I really like natural products, and I basically always follow the same routine. I use Environ products to wash my face, tone, and moisturize. Twice a week I’ll do a face mask, and every other day I exfoliate with Eminence’s Strawberry Rhubarb. I’ve also started to wash my daughter’s face sometimes, and she likes when I do that. She plays sports—when you’re 8, you don’t really need a routine like that, but it can be helpful just to form early habits.
Perfect playlist: My husband and I love music, and our kids have their own playlists. I have eclectic taste—I’m into everything from reggae to R&B and classic rock. I’m loving bossa nova as we head into the warmer weather, and Pink Martini is one of my favorite Pandora stations.
Simple sips: I try not to snack at night, but if I do get hungry I’ll grab a handful of nuts or make a cup of Tazo chamomile tea in my grandmother’s china set. Hydration starts the day before, so I try to be diligent about drinking water. I always work out in the morning, so it’s key for feeling good the rest of the day. My family and I are loving our reusable glass jugs from Mountain Valley Spring Water.
Binge-watch: I’m a big Grey’s Anatomy fan, but I typically binge-watch, as I don’t get the opportunity to watch very much TV. I’ll view five or six episodes if my husband’s not around. Lately, I’m loving Master Class—we all watched a documentary on Itzhak Perlman. It was fascinating!
Perhaps a bath: I slip in an occasional bath at night if I can, instead of a shower, but that doesn’t replace a shower in the a.m. for me. I like using Epsom salts—lavender and eucalyptus. A perfect waffle-terry bathrobe from Kassatex and the softest towels from Weezie washed in The Laundress are musts for the ultimate bath experience.
Reading list: I went to a reading of a book called Tiny Hot Dogs—the author, Mary Giuliani, is a caterer. I like light reads, and I download a lot of books on my phone just to have them with me. A friend of mine also gave me Very Nice by Marcy Dermansky, which I just started reading.
Pillow fight: I love pillows; I have a king bed with four king pillows from Dewoolfson Down. I have two Euros in a blush Belgian linen that match my upholstered bed—my friend, who owns Tiger Lily’s, made them for me and monogrammed them. I also have two decorative pillows made with fabric from Oscar de la Renta.
Serene sheets: My sheets are from Sferra, Kassatex, and Brooklinen—those are my go-to sources for linens and towels. I have only white sheets in my home, and I use our No. 10 Detergent or Whites Detergent to care for them. I use the All-Purpose Bleach Alternative and Stain Solution when I have stains or notice that there is yellowing. I wouldn’t recommend using the Bleach Alternative with every wash for your sheets and towels—just once a month is fine or when they have noticeable dinginess.
Wrinkle-free: I like my sheets ironed, and if you’re going to do that, it’s best to take your sheets out of the dryer before the cycle finishes. They’re actually easier to iron that way. With crispy cotton sheets, like Brooklinen’s, you can get away with taking them out quickly and just folding them, versus having to use an iron or steamer. Once the high heat cools down in the dryer, it will set the wrinkles. We also have a product called Crease Release, which a lot of our clients spray on their sheets when they pull them out of the dryer.
Pajama party: I am always looking for a good pair of pajamas I can wear with guests around—I’m currently loving my heart-printed Lake Pajamas. I wash all our pajamas and my kids’ lovies in our Baby Detergent because it’s their favorite scent and it’s calming for nighttime.
Aromatherapy: My family is really into essential oils—we have diffusers in every room and we travel with one. For sleep and relaxation, I use lavender and ylang-ylang. My kids love DoTerra’s lemon and basil.
Clockwork: On my nightstand, I keep a Tiffany & Co. clock that I bought when I decided I didn’t want to have my phone by my bed anymore—I was getting into a bad habit of waking up and checking my email. I was on a quest for almost a year looking for a beautiful clock. I went to IKEA. I checked Amazon. I was searching for a white clock—something very simple—which you think would be easy. I ended up investing in the Tiffany clock since the company is known for its timepieces. Now I actually leave my phone in the kitchen to charge overnight. I don’t wake up as much anymore.
Lights-out by 10 p.m.!
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