Ace of Space: Unclutter Your Bedroom

bedroom, ace of space, tammystrobel, rowdykittensGetting a good night of sleep is one element of leading a low stress life. So your bedroom should be a place where you can pamper and renew yourself. Anything that doesn't foster a good night of sleep needs to be removed. If your bedroom is cluttered with books, papers or other household items it can create a stressful environment. The bedroom should be a sanctuary; a place where you can unwind and relax after a long day at the office.

Be merciless when you start uncluttering your bedroom -- chances are you probably don't need a lot of the excess stuff that's in there.

Let's get started!
Make sure all of your clothes are in one location.
Don't throw your clothes on the floor. Hang them up, put them in your drawer, or throw them in a dirty clothes hamper.

Shed excess stuff. Remove all the excess stuff from your bed. Nothing should be on your bed, except for sheets, blankets and pillows. A few decorative pillows are nice additions, but make sure you don't go overboard. You don't want to spend a lot of time everyday arranging the items on your bed.

Incorporate minimal artwork and decor. Place calming and relaxing artwork in your bedroom. For instance, consider hanging a few photos that have significant meaning in your bedroom.

Don't work in bed. Try not to do any work in bed, and don't watch television or surf the internet. All of these activites will stimulate your mind and can prevent a good night's sleep.

Consolidate your furniture. Keep furniture to a minimum. All you need is a bed and possibly a night few nightstands. I don't have any nightstands; they attract too much clutter. But a number of my friends love nightstands. They are a great place for reading lights and books.

Don't forget about storage. If you live in a super-small space, you might consider investing in additional storage units that fit under your bed. If you do this be sure to use a bed skirt so you can't see all the extra stuff under your bed.

Use this as your mantra as you clear away the clutter: "If you encounter someone who's acting like a fool, there's a good chance that person is suffering from sleep deprivation." -- Reworker.
Remember, less clutter means more relaxation and a better night's sleep.

Once you've uncluttered your bedroom, try to keep it that way. Before leaving your room look around a see if anything is out of place. Picking up your stuff every day will save time and help keep your sleep sanctuary in order.

Note: photography by Tammy Strobel

Tammy Strobel blogs at RowdyKittens about simple living and is the author of Simply Car-free: How to Pedal Toward Financial Freedom and a Healthier Life.

The Ace of Space is a biweekly column that will provide you with the tips and tools to live lightly and creatively in a small space.
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