Our bedroom is an important area of our living space because it is where we sleep and let our bodies rest. Lack of or poor sleep quality leads to several physical and mental health issues. Sleep is very important which is why it is an important area of our home.
Here are 10 steps to help you bring simplicity to your bedroom to help you get the best night's sleep.
Clutter is the number one thing that should never be found in the bedroom. The visual view of clutter when you enter your sleeping area does not help your mind to get into a relaxed state to help you fall peacefully asleep. The mind is already so full of images, ideas, stresses, and whatever else is going on in your mind. The last thing it needs to see is clutter before you turn off the light to hopefully fall right to sleep. Get the clutter out of the bedroom. If you are constantly struggling with clutter in the bedroom and keeping it controlled it probably means that you have too much stuff in that space. Spend a couple of hours, a day, or a weekend and focus on getting the clutter out of the bedroom.
Make your bed every morning. I have done this for as long as I can remember and I still do. I cannot tell you the last time I did not make my bed. By making your bed every morning you have already completed a task for the day. Walking into the room at the end of the day to a bed that is made is so much more inviting than a bed that you have to rearrange the sheets and blankets before climbing into. If you do not think it will make a difference at least give it a try for a week or even better 30-days and see how you feel.
Move non-essential technology out of your bedroom. Our room is supposed to be for sleeping, but over the century electronics have made their way into the bedroom. Scientific studies have shown that screen time can have an effect on our sleep and recommend that we do not use electronics for at least 60 minutes before we plan to go to sleep. Some of us are better than others about not scrolling through our social media feed until we are so tired that we eventually can't keep our eyes open. To get the best sleep it is ideal to get the television, phones, and other electronic devices out of the bedroom. It took me a while to get used to not having my phone in my bedroom, but now I find I sleep better when it is not next to me in my bedroom. I do keep my kindle in my bedroom because I read every night before bed. Normally I try to read physical books, but sometimes the books are cheaper to get on my kindle. When I do need to read a book from my kindle I will turn the setting to a nighttime setting.
Your bedroom is for getting ready for the day and getting ready for bed. If items in your bedroom do not serve either of those purposes they should not be in your bedroom. I understand if you do not have a choice, such as needing your office space to be in your bedroom because it is the only space you can find privacy to work in your home. If you do need a space for work or exercise equipment see if you can somehow divide the space with a room divider that will keep the spaces separated a little bit. This way when you are going to bed you do not look over at your computer and think of work you need to get done tomorrow or should have gotten done today. Try to make your bedroom into the room that it is supposed to be used for.
Do not over-decorate your bedroom. A few decor items that truly make you feel at peace are perfect because they do not create visual clutter in your mind when you look at them. Each item in your bedroom is something that you need to take care of. The more decor you have in your bedroom the more that you have to take care of on cleaning day. You might be surprised with how peaceful your bedroom feels with a select few items in it.
Surface areas in your room can definitely be an inviting resting spot for items when you are walking by them. Be careful to try and keep surface areas free from collecting clutter. There is a reason that when you walk into a hotel room during a vacation and you feel at peace as soon as you walk in the door. It is because the beds are made and the surfaces are clear of clutter. That is what you want to feel like when you walk into your bedroom. If you have too much furniture you might think about removing some of those pieces. Next to my bed, I have a basket that I keep my lotion, reading glasses, book, and kindle in because I do not have a drawer for them. This helps me to keep the space clear and easy to clean. Having a clear surface area will lower the amount of cleaning time because you won't need to remove the clutter each time you need to dust.
Closets and drawers are easy places to hide clutter. Each time you open that closet door or pull out the draw you are faced with clutter. If you find that you can't keep these areas organized then it is a good sign that you probably have too much. Think about letting go of items that you do not wear. By organizing your closet and drawers you will find that getting ready for bed or in the morning so much easier because you can find what you are looking for.
Under the bed seems like a great place to put things when you need to do a quick cleaning or you have nowhere else to store something. The problem is that when you start storing items under your bed you begin to forget what you put under there until you look under it. Those items make vacuuming under the bed a difficult task to do when you have stuff shoved under there. Therefore dust bunnies multiply at a quick rate and when you do finally get to cleaning out from under your bed it is a task you wish you could keep putting off.
Your bedroom should be a place of relaxation and a good night's sleep. These 8 steps will definitely help bring some mental and physical peace to your bedroom. I hope these tips will help you to bring some simplicity to your bedroom. Please share with me how you brought simplicity to your bedroom.