Is your bedroom in a state of chaos? Perhaps it’s a mess, and you need to tidy it up a bit. Perhaps your bedroom décor isn’t harmonious, and that’s adding to the chaotic atmosphere. Follow these 5 suggestions if you want to ditch the chaos and transform your bedroom into a haven that’s peaceful, restful and clean.
1. Wash, Sort and Organize Your Clothes
Is laundry piled up on every available surface of the bedroom? And is your room cluttered with clothes you don’t need? If so, it’s time to get your wardrobe under control. Wash your laundry, then sort it. Put away the clothes you want to keep.
Organizing expert Marie Kondo recommends a special method for folding and organizing clothes. Once they’re folded, instead of piling them in a stack in your drawers, you can flip the stack on its side so you can more easily see what you have available to wear.
Declutter the clothes you have hanging around that you don’t need any more. If you have vintage or designer clothing that warrants selling, sell it on Etsy, Thredup, Craigslist or a similar site. Donate any unwanted wardrobe items that aren’t valuable enough to sell.
2. Make Your Bed
Strip your bed down and disinfect your mattress. Wash your bedding. Make your bed.
Evaluate whether the bedding you have is working for you. Does it evoke the serene, peaceful feeling you desire for your bedroom? Or is it ugly, outdated or stained beyond all hope? If it’s working, keep it. If it’s not, replace it.
If storage space is limited in your room, perhaps you have things crammed under the bed. Maybe a new bed skirt would help your room to appear less chaotic. Or maybe you could simply get rid of the extra things you have stuffed under the bed.
3. Create a System for Dealing With All Your Papers
Papers can take over your bedroom if you aren’t careful. If you don’t already have an organization system for dealing with all your papers, it’s time to start one.
For starters, figure out if there are any paperless solutions that would serve you as well as, or perhaps better than, any paper systems you’re using. You could request paperless billing from your insurance companies, utility companies and other creditors. That would cut down on the amount of paper that shows up at your place.
Scan and shred any papers that can be stored digitally; then back up your scans to ensure you won’t lose them in the event of a technology failure. Get a desk organizer or filing system that will help you sort and store essential paperwork you truly need to keep.
4. Lighten Up the Room
Evaluate the window treatments and lighting that are controlling the amount of light brightening your room. Ideally, you want a space that can be made light, bright and cheerful during daylight hours.
Open up the curtains and the blinds. Turn on any lights. If it still seems too dark in the room, consider adding appropriate lighting. If you already have an overhead light, perhaps a floor lamp or desk lamp could help to brighten the space.
5. Have Options for Shutting Out the Light
It’s ideal if your body can experience the daily cycles of light during daytime and darkness at night. The light / dark cycle affects your circadian rhythms and, in turn, influences the quality of your sleep.
If you live in the city, it’s especially important to ensure you have a way to shut out light at times when you want it to be dark. Light pollution can spill into your room from street lights, headlights and neighbors’ porch lights. To shut out unwanted light, consider getting blackout curtains or blinds if you don’t already have them.
Following these 5 suggestions will help you to create a peaceful, chaos-free environment in your bedroom. You’re sure to enjoy transforming your room into a restful and relaxing haven.