How to declutter your bedroom
When it comes to your sleep sanctuary, a tidy space not only breeds a tidy mind, it also creates a calm haven and a room that’s easier for you to relax and sleep in. In fact, de-cluttering is the perfect way to de-stress and create a bedroom that’s free from disorder and perfect for sleep.
This year, Marie Kondo started a trend of decluttering. The KonMari Method™ encourages tidying by category – not by location – beginning with clothes, then moving on to books, papers, miscellaneous items, and, finally, sentimental items. “Keep only those things that speak to the heart, and discard items that no longer spark joy. Thank them for their service – then let them go.” And, at Hypnos, we also believe having a clear out of your living space can make you more focused, relaxed and productive, especially when focusing on the bedroom.
So, what better time to start to re-organise your home in a bid to keep a calm mind. Here, Hypnos’ interior designer, Samantha Parrish and Hypnos’ sleep and wellbeing expert, Natalie Pennicotte-Collier, offer their helpful tips and advice on how to turn your bedroom into an oasis of calm.
“De-clutter gently”, recommends Hypnos’ interior designer, Samantha Parrish
“Having a good clear out and getting rid of unwanted clutter can do wonders for how you feel, but be careful not to be too ruthless. Be kind to yourself and your possessions and make sure you keep anything of sentimental value as memories are precious. Find practical storage solutions which offer clever use of space to keep belongings tidy – it also makes sense to optimise the space under the bed.”
“Clutter impacts your wellbeing”, comments Hypnos’ sleep and wellbeing expert, Natalie Pennicotte-Collier, clinical hypnotherapist and mindful expert.
“It’s important to remember that the last thing we see at night and the first things we see upon waking can hugely impact our mind set, our mood and feelings for the day, as well as the night, ahead.
“Once you’ve cleared the space out, really take the time to stop and take note of how the space now looks and how this makes you feel. What positive emotions does it conjure up? Hold on to those good feelings in order to melt away the stress the room once caused. This positive change will help you to sleep better at night and for the subconscious area of your brain to relax, knowing it no longer needs to tackle the mess.”
Some basic tips from Hypnos to help you declutter your bedroom space and keep it clutter free
- Tackle and focus on three key areas of the bedroom
- Next, go through each area one-by-one to identify what items you’d like to keep and what you’d like to toss by popping them into respective piles
- Take any unwanted and suitable items to a charity shop (that way you’re feeding back in to the recycling loop)
- Finally pack away the items you’ve decided to keep. When you’re doing this think about these belongings from a seasonal perspective. Consider how often you will use each item going forward. For example, if its clothes and we’re in spring time, pop the winter knits and shoes into storage to free up space for your lighter wear. Store seasonal or infrequently used items in top or back of cupboards.
- Reduce visual stimulus - try to find a home for things you know regularly clutter up your bedroom on a day-to-day basis so your surfaces are always remain clear -whether that be inside an ornamental box, a drawer or ottoman. The simple addition of an attractive bin for used toiletries or a washing basket for used clothes can help keep things in order.
“So, have a clear idea of the space you want to create and how you want your storage to work for you, then get busy decluttering your bedroom and notice how good it makes you feel!”