Yup, it’s a thing – organize & declutter your bedroom for better sleep
Our bedrooms are our most private and personal sanctuary, intended for sleep and the other “S” thing we do there. But if your drawers are overflowing, the floor is in disarray and clutter covers your bed, you might wake up frazzled and more tired than before you went to bed.
Did you know that even as you’re falling asleep, your brain is aware of its surroundings. On a subconscious level, your brain may be cataloging the work it needs to do to clean up the space, sorting laundry or maybe clearing away piles of books. As Marie Kondo says, our homes should be for the person we are becoming and not the person we once were. Meaning to truly cherish the things you cherish, you must first discard those things that have outlived their purpose. When it comes to your bedroom, it should a sanctuary where you recharge your batteries, rejuvenate your spirit and find yourself at peace before falling sweetly into the depths of dreamland. “Clutter is not just stuff on your floor – it’s anything that stands between you and the life you want to be living.”
No matter how you feel about a messy room, if clutter creates stress or buzzes in the background like an annoying fly in your ear, bedroom chaos will affect your ability to get a healthy night’s sleep.
It’s time to declutter your bedroom and take back your sleep sanctuary
Focus on your bedroom’s function — rest, relaxation and renewal. Some simple DIY organization hacks will help you arrange and declutter your bedroom for maximized sleep. Let’s tackle your bedroom together, step by step.
How to organize your closet
Opening your closet to be bombarded with a wave of clothes is a nightmare. Instead of throwing, piling and rummaging, try these easy DIY closet organization tips and bring back the sweet dreams.
- Empty your closet. This bedroom storage hack might sound stressful but don’t fret, you got this. Completely empty out your closet and get rid of anything you haven’t worn in 6 months. Be ruthless. If you don’t wear it, donate it. Excess is organization’s nemesis. Haul your donations to your nearest charity donation center.
- Ring your scarves. The floor is no place for scarves. Buy some extra shower rings, string them on a hanger and hang on your closet door.
- Hang with a plan. Randomly hanging clothes in your closet doesn’t mean you’re organized. Hang pants in one area and dresses in another. If you’re really keen on getting organized, break it down by length, occasion or season.
- Code by color. Once you learn how to hang with a plan, arrange everything by color. Yes, this seems tedious but when you’re in a hurry and looking for a specific shirt to match your look, you’ll find it in no time.
- Store your suitcases. Opening your closet and being hit with a ginormous suitcase is not good. Move them to another area of the house where they’ll be out of your way until your next trip.
How to organize your dresser
Dresser drawers are similar to a closet full of clothes in that we tend to cram in as much as we can. When a dresser is disorganized, it’s difficult to find anything fast but, since we can easily hide the mess, it’s the last thing we tend to organize. Here’s some bedroom storage tips to help streamline your morning routine and maybe even catch a few extra winks.
- Divide and conquer. Treat your dresser drawers similar to the filing cabinet at work. Label multi-colored dividers and separate everything from socks to t-shirts. Your dresser will be color-coded and super organized.
- Scented drawers. Have you ever opened your dresser and got a whiff of stale air? Freshen up your dresser by placing unused, scented candles or soap in them.
- Trunk it. Is your dresser stock piled with miscellaneous shirts (like when you ran that 5k years ago) that are there purely for their sentimental value? Next time you’re at a yard sale, look for a trunk to store it in front of your bed and neatly place all those random shirts in it.
How to organize everything else in your bedroom
Do you want to wake up with dirty underwear on your face or an earring poking your eye? Didn’t think so. It’s time to rest easy and create an ultimate sanctuary in and around your bed.
- Swap monsters for essentials. Look under your bed – not for monsters but for empty space. It’s time to clean and maximize every inch of your room. Shoes, purses and extra linens can easily be stored in boxes or storage containers under your bed.
- Buy furniture that does double duty. When selecting bedroom furnishings, look for solutions that will add storage and extra space to your sleep sanctuary. A bed headboard that doubles as a bookshelf or throw a pillow on a cedar chest for seating.
- Hang your accessories. A traditional jewelry box is a great place for stylish accessories but a piece of unfinished plywood and strung with hooks acts a fun jewelry keeper.
Your bedroom is your sleep sanctuary, not a laundry room. A key step to setting the tone for better sleep in your bedroom is to declutter and organize. When your bedroom is clean and clear, you’ll be more likely to fall into a destressed sleep and wake up well rested. Perfect, right?
Rest well & wake up ready to go!
Better sleep gives rise to better mornings, bringing your goals into focus and dreams within reach. Hungry for more sleep info? Dig into these posts:
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