Do you dread going into your bedroom? Is it piled high with clutter? Do you wake each morning staring at a mountain of things to do?
A cluttered bedroom doesn’t encourage a loving relationship or healthy sleep!
Try this 6-step process to declutter your room so you can reclaim your haven.
- Decide on your vision for the room. Write it down, draw it, close your eyes and ‘see’ it.
- Eliminate all items that don’t fit the vision. This includes paperwork, kids’ toys, excess books and magazines (keep just a few for current reading) and homeless “junk room” stuff that belongs elsewhere in the house.
- Group everything that remains into ‘like’ groups – clothes with clothes, shoes with shoes, jewellery with jewellery etc..
- Eliminate duplicates and anything you no longer need, use or love. Eliminate any clothes you put on but always take off again, that are damaged, do not fit or you just don’t like them anymore. You can donate or sell items; it’s your choice (only sell if you have the time and really need the money – otherwise it’s just another thing on your list of things to do). This is the hardest part – letting go. Yes, it’s difficult, but keep your vision in mind and you’ll be able to do it. You NEED a restful haven to sleep in.
- Find and create homes for all the items you need, use and love. Remember that those things you use frequently should be easy to get to, and those that you use infrequently (like luggage, memorabilia and spare linen) should be less accessible – use the high and deep spaces for those items. Don’t forget the useful space under your bed, too. Use vacuum packs, tubs, drawer dividers, clear shoe boxes, jewellery organisers and other useful organising tools. Don’t buy them until you know where they are going and what is going in them, though!
- Set up a new habit of ‘resetting’ your room before you go to bed each night - all that is required is that you do step 2 really, and then for everything that’s left, put it in its home. And then enjoy a peaceful sleep.
I know many people will say “It’s not as easy as that”. But I do this every week with clients and it IS that easy – I know from experience. You just have to let go of the fear. You’re brave, I know you can do it!