Bedroom organization leads to great sleep

Bedroom organization leads to great sleep

Submitted by Sue Becker of From Piles to Smiles

Is your bedroom a calm and serene place where you can relax and get a restful night’s sleep? Or is it a chaotic place filled with clutter, clothes, papers and the like?

If your bedroom is anything but restful, consider spending some time de-cluttering and organizing it so it becomes a sanctuary to replenish your mind and soul. 

Eliminate old clothing. Go through your closet, dresser and other piles of clothing and set aside what you don’t or won’t wear. Once you’ve moved out what you don’t wear, there will be more room to put away the clothes that previously sat in piles because there was no place to put them.

Remove the clutter. It’s hard to sleep when piles of laundry, paper, and other assorted clutter resides in your bedroom. An easy solution is to stop yourself from bringing anything into your bedroom unless you put it away right away.

In addition, if it doesn’t support the activities you do in your bedroom (sleep, read, get dressed, insert your own fun activity here) it shouldn’t be in there. Find another place to store such items – your sleep and your health are too important to ignore this guideline.

Be creative with storage. Consider vertical storage (e.g., hooks on the wall) and under-bed storage (for out of season clothes, seldom worn shoes, extra bedding) for items that won't fit anywhere else.

Diminish the impact of your work life. If there's no other place but your bedroom to work, use furniture to hide your computer and paperwork from sight. A roll-top desk, hide-away-desk or a secretary-style desk can all serve this purpose.

If these aren't an option for you, consider covering your desk and computer with a beautiful piece of fabric to take the "work" out of your slumber.

Corral your reading pile. Keep only the books and magazines that you're currently reading in your bedroom, and only those items that you'll actually read there. Get a beautiful container or use one of your furniture pieces to attractively store your reading material.

Sustain the serenity. Get a hamper and use it! When you bring in your clean laundry, put it away right away. Make your bed every morning - this simple 2-minute task will quickly transform the look and feel of your room.

Since your bedroom is the first thing you see in the morning and the last thing you see at night, be sure to tidy it up frequently so you can start and end your day calm and relaxed.

Pleasant dreams!

Becker, owner of From Piles to Smiles in Downers Grove, Ill., is an organizing coach who helps individuals and businesses discover the simplicity, harmony, and freedom of being organized and productive. She specializes in helping people with ADD organize their homes, paperwork and time.

As of July 29, 2011, this service provider was highly rated on Angie’s List. Ratings are subject to change based on consumer feedback, so check for the most up-to-date reviews. The views expressed by this author do not necessarily reflect those of Angie’s List.

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