Declutter your bedroom: The cheat sheet

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Has the condition of your bedroom been giving your nightmares? Specialists say messy sleeping spaces can meddle with the quality of your shut-eye. “The last things we see (or think about) before sleep and the first things we see when we wake up influence our entire lives,” says David Kennedy, the author of Feng Shui for Dummies.

“The purpose of the bedroom is for rest and relating with your partner. Anything we add on top of that can easily zap the strength and quality of those two precious things in our life.”

So let’s look at some easy ways you can declutter for optimal rest.

Tips for decluttering

Make a plan

If it’s a BIG job—the type that can’t just be banged out in one afternoon—break it down into small, manageable steps. Then give yourself deadlines to complete them by noting tasks down on your calendar.

Ask for help

Don’t be afraid to ask a mate, your other half or even your kids for help. And why not make it fun by grabbing some snacks, putting on music and creating your own organising party!

Don’t do it all at once

Don’t stress if you’ve got a whole day of organising ahead of you. Compartmentalise the task and do it in chunks—dedicate the morning to a decent amount of clearing, then have a breather and come back to it. By taking a break, you’re giving yourself time to recharge and will ultimately return with more energy and focus later on. Once you've done the bedroom, you might even find yourself with the motivation to continue with the rest of the house (in manageable chunks of course!)

Start with the big stuff first

Create more space for you to work in by removing large furniture from the bedroom first. A big plus? You’ll actually find out how much stuff has been hiding under your bed (P.S: prepare yourself, it’s scary).

Daily clean-up

No one wants to sleep in a tip. If it takes you a few days or longer to get through the declutter process, make sure you try to get as many bags out of the room each day. You’ll immediately feel de-stressed by having more space, even if the project isn’t done-and-dusted yet.

Removing that clutter will hit the reset button and help you sleep more soundly. And what better way to start the new year than by making the first step towards a happier and healthier you!

Want more tips on how sleep better? Check out our Sleeping Bedroom Ideas blog.

We’ve also got a handy rundown on how to Feng Shui up your bedroom here.