The flowers are beginning to bloom and everything outside is starting to feel fresh and new making this the perfect time to bring that feeling indoors. A little spring cleaning can go a long way, especially in one of the most used spaces in the home. When your bedroom is clean and organized, you are able to feel more relaxed and can welcome a restful night of sweet dreams. Marty Basher, Home Design and Organization Expert for Modular Closets, provides insight on spring cleaning your bedroom for better sleep, with a focus on organization, function and efficiency to help maximize even the smallest spaces.
A cluttered and dusty bedroom is a stressful bedroom. So many of us rationalize not bothering with spending a lot of effort clearing the bedroom “because no one ever sees it.” But you see it. Every day and every night. There is always yet another chore left for “next weekend” calling to you from some corner of your home but a bedroom should be top of the list and treated like your quiet haven. This is the place where you should be calm and peaceful. It should be clean and orderly, laying the foundation for a good night’s rest.
Start by creating storage that works
One of the major culprits of clutter, besides lack of time during the daily grind, is inefficient storage space. Adding more designated homes for your things ensures not only a cleaner space, but also an easier time finding what you need and putting things away. Plastic storage bins and over-the-door organizers are inexpensive fixes to piles of seasonal clothes and shoes. For a more permanent fixture, consider adding floating shelves and modular closets to utilize more vertical space. These are great for holding more than just clothes: jewelry, shoes, handbags, workout equipment, and office supplies (if your office is in your bedroom as has become the case for many this last year). Furthermore, modular closets are customizable and can fit in any sized space.
Declutter your closet items before you put them back
Before you refill your newly redesigned closet with all of your stuff, it’s time to sort. Use the “Three-Bin Method.” Get three large plastic bins and label one “Love,” another “Donate,” and the last one “Undecided.” Obviously, anything that you enjoy and wear on a regular basis goes into the “Love” bin, and things that you dislike (that ugly sweater you received on Christmas) or have not worn in years go into the “Donate” bin. For items that are harder to part with (but you know you don’t need them), store them in the “Undecided” bin and hide it away for three to six months. The chances are your attachment will disappear by then. If it doesn’t, then keep that item. Toss out anything ripped or worn out.
Once you’ve got your closet sorted, you can add some extra pieces to organize your stuff, in ways you might not have thought of:
Give your bedroom a deep clean
In addition to avoiding clutter, you want the space you spend 6-8 hours a night in to be pristine and clean.
Additions: Blackout curtains, if you’re a light sleeper, are a good idea, as is adequate lighting for reading before bed, and pillows for support. Keep your bedside table extras minimal so that there is nothing to distract you from the purpose of the space: sleep.
Subtractions: A television isn’t ideal in the bedroom, and can be a major distraction preventing you from getting a good night’s rest, particularly when your favorite series just dropped a new season on Netflix! Same goes for other technology: phones and computers that you can check “just one more time” before bed can really get in the way of sleep.
Now that you’ve organized and cleaned your bedroom, you can look at it as a nightly retreat, a place to relax and unwind, letting go of the day’s stresses and looking forward to a deep and restful slumber. Sweet dreams!
Marty Basher is the design and organization expert with Modular Closets, https://www.modularclosets.com. Marty regularly contributes on topics of DIY renovations, home design, organization, improvement and more, helping home owners get the most of the spaces in their home. Modular Closets are high-quality and easy-to-design closet systems made in the USA that you can order, assemble and install yourself, in no time at all. Using closet modules (closet pieces you can mix & match to design your own modular closet), homeowners everywhere are empowered to achieve a true custom look- for nearly 40% less than standard custom closets.
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