Your bedroom is supposed to be a sacred place. A place where you go to relax, decompress, and fall asleep peacefully and smoothly. . .Buuuuut, how many of us have a bedroom that is crowded with stuff, from the multiple versions of outfits we tried on that morning, to random things that were placed there because we had no where else to put them?
Having a cluttered bedroom is bad on your psyche. From the moment you wake up, it’s like a little injection of stress right as you are starting your day. It leaves you feeling tense and can play out throughout the rest of your waking hours.
So the best thing to do would be to clean it, right?
Except by the time we get home, we are exhausted, we just want to eat and watch some Shark Tank/America’s Next Top Model/Scandal before falling face down in our pillow and starting all over again the next day.
Well here’s a simple step by step guide that will take you just 15 minutes and can leave your bedroom full of peace and tranquility – making YOU start your day in a much better mood!
I know, I know. I sound like your parents. But trust me, it really does make a difference! And if you think you can change out the sheets in less than 5 minutes (because you are just that good), then go ahead, that’s even better. Otherwise, pull the comforter or bedspread up, fluff up those pillows and be done with it.
Do you have them tossed around all over? (I know I do!) If so, let’s deal with them quickly and get it over with.
The dirty ones need to go into the hamper. If the hamper stays in sight, make sure it has a lid. If the hamper is in the closet, a lid is not really necessary (but a “nice to have”).
If you have clothes that aren’t necessarily dirty, but you don’t want to hang them back up, then designate an area in your closet for them. Get a basket or another container to put them in so they are easily distinguishable from your other clothes.
For clothes that don’t go in the closet (such as your underpinnings) and aren’t dirty, give them a quick fold and put them in a dresser or wherever they normally go.
With the two biggest clutter factors taken care of, now you need to remove or straighten up all the other random items invading your sleeping space.
Keep in mind the daily rule – if you don’t use it daily then it needs to be put away – and then put them away!
A #protip: this is NOT the time to clean out the nightstand drawers. If you are anything like me, you get cleaning ADD and can’t help but jump from one thing to the next. If you are going to put something in the nightstand or dresser drawer and you see a mess in there, you think MUST CLEAN EVERYTHING! However, save that task for another day when that is your only focus.
If you must keep items out, be sure they are clean and organized in a fashion that does not appear to sloppy. For example, if you’re an avid reader like me and have a pile of books and magazines laid out everywhere next to the bed, stack them neatly by putting the smallest on top and the biggest on the bottom.
If you have time, give any mirrors a quick wipe.
That may seem like a lot to get done in only 15 minutes but if you take a 1, 2, 3 approach (bed, clothes and random objects), you can declutter your place of refuge and be feeling full of zen as you start your day!
Feel free to let me know in the comments below if these tips helped! And you are always welcome to come say hi over at The Color Coded Life!