It's not difficult for the bedroom to become a storage hub or in some cases, a 'dumping ground' for all the extra stuff we collect over the years. However, a clean and clutter-free bedroom should not be underrated.
Did you know that a clean, organised room can actually help you sleep at night? While a messy, cluttered bedroom may cause you stress on a subsconsious level, which could end up disturbing your sleep. If that’s not reason enough to keep a tidy bedroom, we don’t know what it is!
So where to start?
The wardrobe is undoubtedly the clutter apex of the bedroom. It’s where unworn clothes, shoes and random items pile up.
There is really only one system here – remove everything, lay it out and start sorting! This includes bags, shoes, belts and scarves as well as all of your day-to-day clothing.
Split the items into three piles: donate, bin and keep.
To help you organise, try purchasing new coat hangers of the same colour and size and hanging drawers for those little items which are difficult to fold and keep tidy.
The bedside tables
Despite being another major ‘clutter culprit’, the bedside table should be much easier to sort.
Make sure you remove all items that don’t belong. What do we mean by that? If you are not using it from your bed every night or at least weekly, it doesn’t need to be there.
If you notice your bedside table becoming increasingly cluttered, think about what’s causing it and whether you are in need of a bigger solution. If books are your problem, perhaps you need a hanging book shelf nearby?
Under the bed
When’s the last time you looked under your bed? Never, right? There’s nothing wrong with storing items underneath your bed. In fact, it’s a great idea! It puts large, less frequently used items out of sight but with easy access for when they are needed. The question is, what is under there and does it need to be there?
Your easiest option is to pull everything out so that you can see what you’re working with.
If you are keeping seasonal clothing or bedding neatly in boxes or vacuum bags then that’s fine, it make sense to have them packed away when not required. But if the area has become more of a “general” storage unit where anything and everything goes, you have a problem on your hands.
It’s time to go through each of the items and think about the last time you used them or had a need for them.
If you forgot it was there, and have not used it in months, you might want to consider donating it to someone who will.
Remember… A bedroom is for sleeping
Your bedroom should really be comprised of a bed, bedside tables, draws and wardrobe. Of course, some cool ornaments of features such as mirrors, lamps and decorative chairs will make the space more cosy and personalised but in terms of items that make the room “functional”, your bed should take centre stage.
Are you using your bedroom as a lounge room or worse, an office? If your work station is in your bedroom, we recommend finding a new home for it. Your bedroom shouldn’t be a constant reminder of those pending e-mails. It can cause unconscious anxiety and a restless night’s sleep.
Even though many of us find some “telly” in bed to be relaxing, studies have proved that televisions can directly impact our quality of sleep.
Less is more
Open, clutter-free space is calming and could impact positively on your night’s sleep. Consider getting rid of unnecessary furniture in the bedroom to create an airy space, perfect for snoozing in. Nobody wants to wake up to a room full of mess. It’s no way to start a day!