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How to Declutter Your Bedroom For Better Sleep

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How minimalism in the bedroom can result in better sleep for you and your family.

minimalist bedroom with white sheets against a wooden slat wall with a flower vase on the floor

Think about checking into a nice hotel room. It doesn’t matter where you are or how much the room cost. Just imagine putting the room key in the lock, opening the door, and feeling thrilled with what you see.

You might love the artwork on the walls. Or the color of the drapes. Or maybe the fact that the bathroom is bigger than your bedroom back home.

But overall, the main reason why you want to instantly jump in bed and take a blissfully long, restorative nap is because hotels rooms are minimalistic and uncluttered.

Hotel rooms offer you a place to sleep and store your clothes while you are working or traveling. (And maybe a cool pool downstairs!) Nothing more. Nothing less.

It is the simplicity of a hotel room that beckons you to curl up in bed and relax. Maybe flip through channels while snuggled in a robe. Or cat nap in the afternoon before heading out to dinner or to see friends.

You want that same resort-like feeling at home, too! When you enter your bedroom, you want to feel calm and relaxed. Your mind should instantly know that by being in this room, it is time to take care of yourself and go to sleep.

It is a simple premise. But one that is extremely powerful for your health.

How to Declutter Your Bedroom

Decluttering a bedroom is different than decluttering your house.

After all, the other rooms in your home have very specific jobs to perform for you and your family:

But the bedroom needs you to do nothing but sleep.

white wooden nightstand with silver lamp on top between two twin beds with linen comforters

There is a freedom in that knowledge. You don’t have to multi-purpose your bedroom to be anything more than a welcome retreat from the daily grind.

It does not need to be an exercise room, an office, a second closet, a toy room, etc.  (Of course, unless you are living in a studio apartment, tiny home or are living in extreme housing conditions.)

Before you get upset and think, ‘I don’t have any other room in the house, there’s no way I can declutter my bedroom!’ just keep reading.

There’s almost always a way to create a better sleeping environment. You just have to be willing to put your health before ‘stuff.’

What to Remove From Your Bedroom for Better Sleep Tonight

It’s really not that complicated to figure out what needs to stay in your bedroom and what needs to go.

For a healthy night’s sleep all you need is:

In addition to sleeping essentials, most bedrooms only need a few more things to be functional, including:

That’s it. Seriously.

Trying to pack your room with anything more than that is just turning a room meant for rest and relaxation into a multi-purpose room that quickly loses its relaxing atmosphere.

That is why none of the following items should be in your bedroom for any length of time:

  • Gym equipment
  • Work desk
  • Piles of dirty laundry
  • Stacks of unfolded laundry
  • Boxes
  • Children’s toys
  • Artwork and décor you hate
  • Pictures of people that don’t bring you joy
  • Electronics you never (or rarely) use
  • Textbooks and school supplies

Relocate or Hide Stuff in Your Bedroom

In a perfect world, you would remove all of the items listed above and never let them come back into your bedroom.

But we all don’t live in a perfect world. And sometimes our square footage doesn’t accommodate our life needs at any given time.

The important thing is that you don’t want to unconsciously stress your mind and body by looking at all of these to-do items. While totally removing them to another part of the house is best, sometimes clever hiding and smart storage will encourage you to feel a zen-like atmosphere in your bedroom.

Bedside lamp on night table in bedroom with clock and books on top

There is no excuse to keep things that don’t bring you joy and you do not use, anyway. Absolutely no excuse.

So, if there are décor items, art, pictures, or products that clutter your surfaces and walls and you don’t use them every day, remove them. Put them in a garage, an attic, a closet somewhere else, or donate them.

For things that you need and can’t get rid of, such as you are a college student and need your textbooks but looking at them reminds you of unfinished homework each night, then you need to hide the items:

  • This is where under-bed storage is great. Get the rolling bins or baskets that give you tons more storage by utilizing the empty space under the bed. Be sure that the under bed storage is breathable (like these with activated charcoal to absorb odors), so that you don’t create a mold problem with humidity or moisture in your home.
  • Wicker baskets (with or without a lid) can hide lots of eye-sores in the bedroom. Use them to hide laundry, shoes, exercise equipment, books, etc. Baskets with lids are easy to stack on top of each other to save space.
  • Make your closet functional. If your closet is a mess, go through and declutter it (get rid of clothes and shoes and anything else you no longer need or love). Then find a great organization system to maximize space, like this closet organizer. When you have more room in your closet, you can hide all of the other stuff cluttering your bedroom behind a closet door.
  • Swapping out the types of hangers you use can do WONDERS in doubling or tripling your storage space in your closet! Check out these space saving hangers to instantly fit more into your closet today.

  • Use shelving (whether portable shelves or attached to the wall) to store books, knick-knacks, picture frames or wicker baskets full of stuff.
  • Use over-the-door organizers to neatly organize small items behind your bedroom door, closet door, en suite bathroom door, etc.

When you lay down at night, you should not go to sleep with images of to-do lists and chores to be done.

However you decide to declutter or organize, make sure that your bedroom is a peaceful, beautiful and relaxing space in your home above all others.

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Thursday 16th of April 2020

These are great tips for having a clutter-free bedroom. When my bedroom is cluttered and unorganized I feel overwhelmed and can't relax. Having a simple room made for sleeping perfect. I agree with your thoughts on the hotel room. As soon as I get to a hotel all I want to do is lay down and relax.

Kimberly Button

Thursday 16th of April 2020

Right?!? Something about a hotel room that makes you relaxed and focused, for sure.