Minnie Driver: ‘Having a TV in your bedroom puts you in the wrong mood’

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Minnie Driver has a new bedding line with HSN. She doesn’t seem like the type to have a lifestyle line, but it’s a lucrative side business for many celebrities. Plus her mom was a textile designer so she must have learned a few things. You can see her collection here, there’s not much on the website and it’s not unique. She has chambray bedding set that looks straight out of the 70s, although I do like the blue throw pillow with embroidered hummingbirds. To promote the line, Minnie talked to US about her bedroom style and bedtime philosophy. She has some sensible advice I wanted to discuss.

She always makes her bed and her bedroom is a haven
“You better have a really good reason to come and knock on my door if I’m in my bedroom because it’s a full on sanctuary. It is such a haven and all the print in my room is on the walls. I found a beautiful Indian fabric and blew it up and turned it into an insane wallpaper, so I feel like I’m inside this magical box.

“When you walk into your bedroom it should make you happy. A scruffy, unmade bed makes me physically depressed, so I make mine every day.”

Why she doesn’t have a TV in her bedroom
“I don’t have a TV in my bedroom and I banned it. The bedroom is for sleeping and sex. Having a TV in your bedroom puts you in the wrong mood for all the good things. I love television, but there should be a dedicated time and space for it. The bedroom is a sacred space.”

[From US Magazine]

I haven’t had a TV in my bedroom anywhere I’ve lived. With my phone, laptop and iPad, I can watch shows on demand without a TV but I rarely do that unless I’m sick. When those devices didn’t exist I would just read before bed, which was much more conducive to sleep (and getting lucky). I agree with her that the bedroom should be reserved for sleep and sex. Many experts agree too, and also recommend ditching the screens. (I don’t know if I agree with that linked article’s recommendation to not let pets in bed with you though. The verdict is still out on that, with some studies showing that having a pet in bed can help you sleep better.)

As for making your bed, I need to do that more. I’ve been following Gretchen Rubin’s 60 second rule for tidying up around the house and it’s amazing how much neater my house is. Making the bed should technically fall under that.

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  1. Astrid says:

    I think the point of Minnie’s comment is that “screens” should be removed from the bedroom. Having various streaming electronic devices is the same as a TV, which she believes has no place in a bedroom

    I’m a big fan of “screens” in the bedroom. It’s an oasis.

  2. Brunswickstoval says:

    Each to their own. I refuse to have a tv in any living area as I don’t want to sit there staring at tv I want to have conversations with people. We have one in our bedroom as with 4 kids it’s the only way we can watch tv in privacy. I was reluctant at first but it hasn’t impacted on sleep or sex. I’d rather watch a tv that’s on the other side of the room then a screen 15cm from my face.

  3. LizLemonGotMarried (aka The Hufflepuff Liz Lemon) says:

    When we moved into our new house in 2015, this was one of the debates. We built it, and there is a space for a TV over the fireplace in our master sitting room, as well as across from our bed, but right now there’s just paintings hanging there. We haven’t really missed it-we watch the TVs in our living and keeping rooms, and bedroom is for sex, sleeping, and John Oliver on late Sunday nights on someone’s phone.
    I’m turning the sitting room into my office this week (I tend to nest on the couch), so maybe that will change once I have a desk in there. 🤷🏻‍♀️

  4. Nancy says:

    Well how can we watch your twenty year old movies! lol…….I like the tv in my bedroom. I can remember the theme song playing in the background when my last baby was made….Ha! TMI

    • Dee says:

      Was that a burn? Why? Minnie Driver is awesome, even though she’s not a spring chicken.

      • Nancy says:

        No, I like Minnie. I haven’t seen her in ages. Don’t know if she’s doing television or what, she isn’t on my radar. One of my favorite movies of hers is Sleepers, which is old, but the entire cast was incredible. Dark but wonderful film.

    • Genessee says:

      She is doing TV right now. Her current TV comedy “Speechless” is in its second season and awsome.

  5. Mabs A'Mabbin says:

    I like screens. All kinds. With three boys and an old boy for a husband, I’ve become accustomed to hearing every measure of warfare emanating from various gaming platforms, anime, movies, ect. So things get too quiet quiet when they’re not around plus I get to watch/listen to what I want. We’re not a wealthy family so my only sanctuary is my bedroom and bath, which is most certainly MY space. I love my huge ass tv, tablets, notebooks and phones lol. I love tech. I love texting my family from my bedroom… it’s hysterical. “Hey baby, could you bring me…” or “Omg you guys check this out…” or “Wei Pei anyone? How ’bout some pho?” it’s perfectly fine to only want your bedroom for sleep and sex. And it’s perfectly fine to tell others what you think they should do with their bedrooms. And it’s perfectly fine for me to reject others’ opining about bedroom ‘health’ and praise the opposite. My bedroom is my oasis, and anything I want goes. I can’t condense the goings on in any one room to two things lmao.

  6. Nanny to the rescue says:

    I rarely make my bed. What’s the point anyway, I’ll ruffle it again in the evening.

  7. Other Renee says:

    My first husband was a news junkie and always had the tv on. He wanted a tv in the bedroom but I refused. I needed a sanctuary away from the tv.

  8. HeyThere! says:

    We honestly have sex all over the house but also the bedroom, and do not have a tv in our master suite. Screens keep me awake and I even keep my phone on the other side of the room all night. Our bedroom is for sex and sleep and reading!!. We actually only have one tv I’m the entire house! I stream music on it 95% of the time. I do have shows I enjoy DVRed but with an infant and toddler I don’t have the tv on when they are around. Not because I think it will rot their brain but because my toddler will just stand and look at it. I also like to play with them and clean and if it’s on I will also sit and watch. LOL This is just what works in our family.

  9. Darla says:

    Well, I can’t sleep without my tv on. I have a huge ass tv in my bedroom, hanging on the wall. But I do live alone. After I kicked the last bf, a bernie bro, out, I don’t think I will allow a man to move in again. I’m pretty sure of that actually. I can turn the tv off when I order one in for sex.

    • NeoCleo says:

      I’m with you Darla. I have a TV in my room AND I sleep with my dog in bed. At this point in my life, he’s the only man I need for company and he doesn’t care what I watch, unlike my last husband.

  10. Juls says:

    I always get her and Andy McDowell mixed up. I feel terrible about it because they are both fabulous. As for making the bed: YES! It’s the first thing I do every morning. It makes me feel that I started my day by accomplishing a task and it makes me feel motivated from the start. It’s also nice to retire to a neatly-made bed at the end of the day. I guess it’s like zen for me. Start and end the day on a good note.

  11. Rumi says:

    I used to have a TV in the bedroom and i was more often than not falling asleep whilst watching it. Realised I wasn’t getting quality sleep. So no electronics, except for my phone which I put on charge on the other side of my room.
    Sleeping much better and for longer

    Minnie looks beautiful and like her body it looks strong and healthy.

  12. BJ says:

    Well I like a screen(TV,Computer,Tablet) in my bedroom so I can watch porn😀.
    Different strokes for different folks.

  13. Tan says:

    It really depends on you.

    We recently moved in together and both of us brought our tvs and both were new stuff . None of us really wanted to get rid of their tv. There is one in living room and one in bedroom. Sometimes after a long tiring day, watching a small episode together in bed is quite comforting.

    Personally tv time is the only time I sometimes get to sit lazily and maybe knit.
    I don’t mind it in my bedroom.