What’s the messiest room in your home?
Well, if we’re being honest, according to a lot of struggling homeowners they typically gripe about their garages and bedrooms the most.
But for some reason, it just feels like the bedroom doesn’t have the cohesiveness and orderly system that it deserves.
(And) you’ll soon realize why this is necessary: We spend a great deal of time in our bedrooms for sleeping, getting ready, and unwinding after a hard day’s work, and many unnecessary items make their way in there but according to experts these bedroom culprits are the ones to blame.
To help you keep your bedroom in tip-top shape, here are 10 things to declutter and always keep at bay from your bedroom.
1. An Exaggerated amount of Technology.
Recognize that your bedroom should be used as a place of rest, relaxation, and revitalization.
And since our mobiles have now become an extension of our bodies, there’s no surprise that we usually have them right beside our bed massively disrupting our R&R.
However, for a good night’s rest experts say having an exaggerated amount of technology is a huge mistake and you should keep your mobile and all ‘other’ electronic devices at bay.
Your brain needs melatonin to help you fall asleep, and your TV, laptop, or smartphone’s blue light interferes with the development process. This interruption does a fantastic job of disrupting your sleep cycle, making it harder to fall asleep.
To combat this, limit electronic use in your bedroom, and try this:
- Purchase a blue-light-blocking screen for your laptop or iPhone.
- Stop using your mobile devices for at least two hours before you go to bed.
- Invest in some blue-light-blocking glasses.
- Put a curfew on your electronics, or find a stash area to place them, and try to stick to it.
- Swap out devices for a meditation session, do some deep breathing techniques, and take advantage of this alone time for some much-needed personal growth.
- Make sure to keep a book by your bedside so you have something to turn to that’s not bright for your eyes.
2. Your desk.
Formulate a separate space in your home for business, rather than turning your bedroom into a home office.
Your bedroom is supposed to be a place of rest and relaxation, not a place where you think about work. And if you are in a fortunate position and can designate an area in the home for your desk, move it out of your bedroom today. You don’t want to associate your place of work with your place of rest all-of-the-time.
Unfortunately, a lot of people don’t have the choice but to work from their bedrooms and these results are even worse if it’s their bed that they’re operating from, so if you live somewhere where your desk can’t be placed anywhere other than your bedroom, create a little escape and work at a coffee shop or a library from time-to-time.
3. Too much clutter.
Clutter, we all have it. It accumulates everywhere throughout the house and inevitably makes its way into our bedrooms.
But you want an orderly and relaxing bedroom space that functions for you, right? Well, that’s not going to be feasible if it’s overly cluttered.
In fact, Psychology Today states when it comes to your home living environment, a cluttered house may be more harmful to depression and anxiety, and you want the most important area in your home to be the most stress-free in your life, which is your bedroom.
You can easily limit the amount of clutter your bedroom has, check out this simple guide for some fantastic ways to organize your bedroom fast!
4. Halogen Lights.
Here’s what you need to consider when it comes to having halogen lights in your bedroom.
First, they are really concerning, due to the fact that they are seen as a bigger safety risk than most modern LED bulbs. That’s due to the fact that they reach higher temperatures than normal lights, and can create a fire risk if they are in close proximity to materials.
Second, halogen bulbs emit a blue light spectrum that can keep your brain awake at night, disrupt the production of melatonin, and can hinder your sleep patterns.
These two factors can lead to an inability to fall asleep and place you in danger, so switch to LED bulbs as an environmentally-friendly solution instead of having halogen lights in your bedroom.
5. Space heaters left unattended.
Heating a bedroom in the winter is often a treat, and that’s why some people turn to space heaters.
But according to the National Fire Protection Association, space heaters are involved in too many fatal home fires, at a staggering 79 percent.
In addition, if your space heater doesn’t have enough ventilation on both the inlet and the outlet sides, it may ignite flammable clothing or other materials in close proximity.
So before using a space heater in your bedroom, make sure that after you wake up you always turn it off, treat this object with caution, and if you don’t trust yourself, you can always use a thicker blanket.
6. Exercise equipment.
Although gyms are the best alternative to working out, if you like working out at home, it’s best to work out in another room in your home besides the bedroom.
Working out in your bedroom will compromise your bedroom space because your bedroom will start smelling like a gym.
Not only that, the problem with most exercise equipment is that they’re just too massive, taking up way too much space, especially treadmills. When you are trying to rest and relax, sports equipment represents work and is not relaxing or conducive to a romantic environment or unwinding before bed.
7. Flat/outdated pillows.
The ultimate way to decide whether a pillow needs replacing is by monitoring your sleep. Is your sleep being affected by using an old outdated pillow? Do you suffer from neck pain that can easily be fixed by replacing your pillow?
If so, an easy way to put your pillow to the test is to fold it in half, if it doesn’t spring back into shape, this implies that it’s beyond its lifespan. Chuck the old pillow out and purchase a fresh one — doing so will guarantee a better rest.
8. Collectibles You Don’t Love.
It doesn’t matter if you have been adulting for quite some time or just starting out because chances are you have collected a thing or two.
And since our bedrooms should be home only to those items we truly love, if we keep harboring way more collectibles than we are willing to admit, it’s time to finally get rid of them.
If you can relate, it’s finally time to go through all the unwanted items you’ve kept through the years and drop them off at the nearest thrift store so they can be put to good use somewhere else. It will make you feel liberated!
9. An overflowing laundry basket.
We all would love to have a bedroom that is in tip-top shape and stress-free. And the sight of a laundry basket, that is full to the brim, will be doing you a disservice, will create much more stress and responsibility for you.
When decluttering your bedroom, you might want to consider using another laundry basket (preferably in your laundry space if you have one) or tucking it away out-of-sight in your closet.
10. Keep the books you haven’t read yet but declutter the rest.
If you have an unread library of books in your bedroom, that can make you far more enthusiastic to read than having a library you’ve already read.
Plus, since unique paperback books make the perfect conversation starters, if you consider moving the ones you’ve already read around the house or offer them to friends so they can enjoy them, they’ll have a far better lifespan.
Conversely, if you would also like to practice good Feng Shui, then under no circumstances should one ‘put their books under their bed’. Doing so can result in various sleep problems, romantic issues, and according to Feng Shui experts, even poor health.
*Bonus tip* An item to always have banned from your bedroom — Alcohol.
Although a small amount of alcohol may be useful in promoting sleep for those who have difficulty falling asleep, taking alcohol into the bedroom or being drunk before going to sleep is not generally considered safe.
In fact, further research suggests that being intoxicated before heading to sleep interferes with a poor night’s rest (no matter how fast it can put you to sleep), thus increasing the amount of tiredness for the following day so if you can, try to keep this one banned from your bedroom at all times.
Remember, your bedroom is a sacred space and you should always treat it as such, especially when it comes to your health and wellness.
There you have it. If you keep a few of these things at bay from your bedroom. you should be one step closer to creating that relaxing home life you crave. Plus, you will enjoy your bedroom space so much more if you do.
Check out, 8 Bedroom Organization Ideas That Are Both Smart & Stylish, next!
Hi, my name is Rebecca and I am the face behind Everything Abode! I am a lifestyle and wellness writer based out of Vancouver Island. When I’m not writing or exploring mountains and beaches with my furry rescue, I love spending time learning creative ways to manifest a healthy home. Thanks for stopping by!
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