Do you want to declutter your bedroom but don’t do it because you don’t have time or don’t know where to start? Rest assured you are not alone!
The good news is I have a few simple tips that will help you declutter your bedroom without losing any sleep.
WHY DECLUTTER YOUR BEDROOM
Decluttering your bedroom can have profound effects on your health. Have you ever heard the saying “a cluttered space, a cluttered mind”? This has always been true for me. Add clutter into the mix with children, work, daily responsibilities and you have a recipe for stress. Therefore removing clutter and organizing your bedroom can reduce stress.
DECLUTTER YOUR BEDROOM and IMPROVE SLEEP
It’s true! Just like we talked about above clutter can cause stress and block the flow of energy in your space. Using your bedroom to host electronics like your computer or phone, can invite in EMF (electromagnetic frequencies) which are shown to disrupt sleep. Not only that but these things signal to the mind that it’s time for work and not sleep. Even if your clutter is hidden under your bed or in your closets your subconscious mind still thinks about it.
WHERE SHOULD I START DECLUTTERING
Where you start decluttering in your bedroom is totally up to you. My recommendation is to start in one area and go from there. In the video below “30 Minute Master Bedroom Declutter” I walk you through the process of decluttering your bedroom. For instance, if you decide to start in your closet you will only work on your closet until it is complete. This decluttering method works well because you are tackling one small area at a time and you will see a result quickly which is a great reward for your mind.
TIPS FOR DECLUTTERING YOUR BEDROOM
1// Set realistic expectations. When you start decluttering create a realistic goal. For instance, if you don’t have an entire day to devote to decluttering (really who does?!) set 30 minutes aside per day until the job is done. Depending on the level of clutter this may take you 2 days or 2 months. Being realistic about how long this will take will help you achieve your goal and not give up.
2// Have the necessary materials on hand. Before you begin decluttering your bedroom make sure you have a bag for your donate items and a trash bag for any trash. The last thing you want to do is start decluttering and have random piles laying around until you have energy to bring bags up to your bedroom. Trust me we all do it. Having everything ready will make the process go much smoother.
3// Know your WHY. No I’m not going to get all self helpy on you but it is important to be clear on why you are decluttering. If you’re feeling very overwhelmed with your life then your why could be something like “I am decluttering so I can feel less overwhelmed”. Knowing your why and remembering it will help you when you don’t feel like decluttering anymore. Your why will also help you when you’re having trouble getting rid of things.
4// Have a list of questions to ask yourself. Use this whenever you’re having trouble letting go of something you know you don’t need anymore. If you tend to hold onto shirts that remind you of past memories you can ask yourself these questions to make getting rid of them easier. Once you ask yourself these questions then remember your why. The combo of the two will help you declutter anything that is no longer serving you.
5// Take photos. This is a decluttering tip I just created and it worked so well for me! If you have an item you are holding on to for sentimental value but it’s just taking up space (for me it was t-shirts) take a photo of it! Then you can post the photo on social media or save it on your computer or phone. Anytime you find yourself longing for that item you can pull up the photo. But my guess is you won’t miss it that much!
6// Take care of yourself. You wouldn’t go to work without water, snacks or lunch so don’t go into decluttering unprepared. Make sure to drink water, eat and take breaks. This sounds silly but is so important! If you get dehydrated or hangry you will take it out on the decluttering process. That could derail the whole event. The truth is decluttering is an emotional process. You’re going to have to face all the stuff you have, some of which will bring back memories. You’re going to have to ask yourself hard questions. So be prepared and make sure to take care of yourself so you can have a successful decluttering.
Enjoy the Fruits of Your Labor
Whether the bedroom decluttering process took you one day or 30, you did it! It’s time to celebrate with a good nights rest. But remember, you will have to work diligently to keep your room free of clutter (I.e. stress). Be mindful of the things you’re buying. When you’re about to buy something (especially those sneaky impulse buys) ask yourself the same questions above and remember your why. The last thing you want is to have to repeat this process all over again in a few months!
Declutter with us
This month we’re embarking on a decluttering journey here at R+H so stay tuned for more household decluttering tips. In the meantime you can checkout our previous post “5 Steps to Organize Your Kitchen Now”.
As always, I can’t wait to hear how this went for you! Please be sure to comment below and fill me in.