"It's a very strange phenomenon, but when we reduce what we own and essentially 'detox' our house, it has a detox effect on our bodies as well."
Marie Kondo, Japanese Home Organization Expert
- Rearrange Your Furniture
Rearranging the furniture in a bedroom is a great way to refresh a space. We enter and exit this space multiple times a day and can easily grow accustomed to its design, and over time, grow bored of it. Move furniture around to see what arrangement fits your mood. Perhaps you can move your desk closer to the window to work in the sunlight or move your bed in this spot to wake up in a blanket of sunlight. The choice is entirely up to you. You could also invest in pieces of furniture or items that have seen better days. For example, maybe you’ve kept your mattress for 10 years too many and your muscles have been aching something a little more snug. If your mattress is in good condition, how about your sheets and blankets? Are your pillows plump or have they gone flat? Ensuring you are sleeping in absolute comfort should be a top priority when designing a bedroom. Find a new way to arrange your furniture and replace items in poor condition with new ones to bring in a breath of fresh air to your bedroom.
- Clean Out Your Drawers
There’s nothing more stressful than trying to find what you need in a draw that’s poorly organized and full of clutter. You may find yourself rummaging through drawer after drawer for 5 to 10 minutes trying to find a missing sock or maybe a t-shirt you’ve desperately been looking for. We can easily avoid this hassle by simply cleaning out and organizing our drawers. You can either start by dumping the entire drawer out on the bed and sorting through the items or by picking things out one-by-one. Choose whichever method is most comfortable for you. Make a pile of items you want to keep and a pile for items you wish to discard. With the items you wish to keep, fold and stack them neatly in the drawer. Storing them vertically as opposed to horizontally is a great way to quickly filter through clothing items to find the one you need. For the ones you no longer have interest in, opt for donating them to Goodwill or giving them to someone you know who would appreciate them.
- Get Rid of Unnecessary Items
Having random items without a proper home decorating the floors and desktops of your bedroom can become irritating for anyone over time. Go around your room and grab all items that don’t have a proper storage location and pile them onto your bed. Again, make a pile of what you want to keep and what needs to be donated or discarded of. If you have lots of old DVDs and/or CDs that you are no longer attached to, sell them for cash at places such as Half Price Books or Disc Replay. For the items you would like to keep, find the proper place to store these items in. Be sure to discard of any trash by recycling what you can and throwing what cannot be recycled into the trash.
- Do Your Laundry
Unattended laundry grows in strength with each passing day. Today is the day where you tackle this chore. Sort through your clothes and place dirty laundry in the washer to be cleaned. For clean clothes, properly store them in drawers or hang them in your closet. Completing this task may take some time to accomplish, and unfortunately, laundry isn’t a chore most people like to tackle, but it is something that has to be done. Dedicate some time to knocking this out, and once finished, you’ll be pleased to see the space where your pile of clothes once resided, now free of clutter and your closet and/or drawers full of well-organized clothes.
- Get Rid of Items from Underneath Your Bed
The last thing on our list is cleaning underneath the bed. Having items stored underneath the bed is considered bad feng shui (bad energy). Many recommend having this space free from any and all items, but if you are unable to find the proper spot for some items that do reside under your bed, perhaps storing them here works best for your home. Or maybe you utilize this space to store extra shoes or clothes in shallow organizing containers that can easily slide under the bed. Whatever the reason, we recommend keeping the number to items to a minimum. Sort through these items, keep the essentials and store them neatly.