Imagine going to sleep every night and waking up each morning in a clean, clutter-free bedroom. Your sleep hygiene can greatly benefit from a peaceful environment, and part of that includes a bedroom that's organized and clutter-free. Try out these six tricks that are essential to maintaining a decluttered bedroom.
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Do a Regular Decluttering Sweep
The more often you declutter, the less time it will take. Take 30 minutes each week to focus on decluttering your bedroom—you can do it all in one sweep or break it up into three 10-minute sessions over the week. Before you start, grab a recycling bin, a laundry hamper, and a "catch-all" bin.
- Start with your nightstands, removing items that need to be trashed or recycled. Do the same for the tops of your dressers and other surfaces.
- Put any items that are out of place in the catch-all bin to take them to their proper rooms.
- Place dirty clothes and linens in the hamper, and return any clean clothes to the closet.
- Go through the drawers in your nightstand and dressers, sorting appropriate items into the recycling and catch-all bin.
- Go through the catch-all bin to return items to their proper places.
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If you're looking for the biggest clutter culprit in most bedrooms, look no further than the closet. Even if it's often behind closed doors, the closet is often teeming with clutter in the form of clothes you no longer wear and those that never got back onto the right hanger or into the correct stack on the shelf.
Combat this by taking an extra few seconds to hang up or fold the clothes that do not need to go in the laundry hamper and put those that are dirty into the hamper. Spending a little time on front-end maintenance makes decluttering easier and less time-consuming.
The best way to avoid clutter in the form of clothing, shoes, and accessories is to buy less. If the ship has sailed on that, make an effort to get rid of items you don't regularly wear rather than putting off those decisions for another time.
Your laundry hamper doesn't have to be a traditional hamper—choose something that aligns with your bedroom decor, such as a beautiful basket or a sleek bin.
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Use Trays, Bowls, and Baskets to Contain Clutter
Bedrooms tend to collect a lot of one-off items like watches, earrings, books, and knickknacks. Sort, organize, and store these items out of sight by using trays, bowls, and baskets to hold jewelry, glasses, and other necessary items.
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Invest in Furniture with Storage
If you've simply run out of storage in closets and cabinets, turn to alternative solutions, such as furniture with built-in storage. An upholstered bench at the end of the bed not only provides a place to sit when putting on your shoes, but can also hold those shoes—or extra linens, towels, or anything else that you need a place for.