If you find your bedroom is anything but the calm zen-like retreat you’d like it to be, you can change that with this list of 9 things to stop keeping in your bedroom.
For many of us, cleaning and decluttering the rest of the house takes priority over our bedrooms. I’m pretty sure it’s a parent thing: before having kids my room was a gorgeous, immaculate spot I couldn’t wait to get home to. After having kids, there were nights when I considered myself lucky if I successfully tossed a dirty diaper within a few inches of the wastebasket before flipping my pillow to the side that didn’t have spit-up before nodding off out of sheer exhaustion.
Sometime after my youngest finally learned to sleep through the night (something he’s since forgotten now that he’s a teen), I realized my bedroom had essentially become a dumping ground. Oh, the rest of my house looked fantastic, but I hadn’t put any energy into turning the bedroom I shared with my husband into the cozy, relaxing spot we both desperately needed at the end of the day.
If any of that sounds familiar, then this list is for you!
9 Things To Stop Keeping In Your Bedroom
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1. Anything work-related. Eight in 10 young professionals admit they do work in bed, a practice that destroys sleep. By teaching our bodies to associate bed with a working environment, we prevent our minds from unwinding and reaching the peaceful state we need for a good night’s sleep.
2. Love letters from old flames. Chances are, you’re not reading them in bed while sleeping next to your spouse — and, if you are, you’ve got bigger problems than the clutter in your bedroom. So why keep them nearby? Do your karma a solid and, if you can’t bring yourself to get rid of them entirely, move those old billet-doux to a different room.
3. Your To Be Read (TBR) pile. Hey, I’m a book lover, too, so I understand the temptation to hoard books on the nightstand. But let’s be realistic: there are only so many books you can read at the same time. If you’re worried about wanting your next book handy, keep one on the nightstand and move the rest to your bookshelves. (Or switch to Kindle so you can have your entire library at your fingertips.) Your bedroom will look neater and gather less dust.
4. Exercise equipment. If the treadmill or exercise bike in your bedroom has become a glorified clothes hanger, it’s time to get that thing out of there. (Hang your clothes in the closet!) Actually use yours? Congratulations — but you’re still doing a number on your sleep-cycle. (See #1 above for the reason why.)
5. Your kids’ toys. Repeat after me: your bedroom is not your kids’ playroom. Yes, it’s wonderful to cuddle with our children on lazy mornings, and one of the great responsibilities (and privileges) of parenting is comforting a child who woke up scared in the middle of the night. That’s no excuse to let them keep their toys in your room, and doing so undermines your other instructions that they should always put their toys away when they’re done playing.
Also see: How To Organize Toys
6. Electronics that emit light. You already know that blue light disrupts sleep rhythms. Avoiding blue light means more than not checking email or watching TV in bed. The glow from your TVs “on” button (which never goes off), the light from your alarm clock, the indicator on your home security system’s pad — these are all forms of light that can keep your brain from fully sinking into that much-needed restorative REM cycle.
7. Space heaters. Every winter brings a new round of horror stories about families losing their homes, and sometimes their lives, due to fires caused by space heaters. They’re just not safe! If you like saving money by turning the heat down at night but still want to stay cozy, get yourself an electric blanket. (I like this this micro plush one.)
Also see: How To Wash An Electric Blanket
8. Dirty dishes. A hot cup of herbal tea before bed is a wonderfully soothing way to end the day. Breakfast in bed is a treat. But stinky, food-crusted dishes ruin the pleasurable vibe your bedroom should have. They also attract cockroaches and mice.
9. Important papers. One of the first rooms thieves ransack when burglarizing a home is the bedroom. Don’t give them a bonus by stashing your birth certificates, passports, Social Security cards, and financial documents where they can easily find them. Protect these vital documents from fire, too, by stashing them in a fire-proof, waterproof safe which safety experts advise storing on the lowest level of your home. (The waterproof part is crucial if you live in a flood-prone area.)
Banish these nine things you should not keep in your bedroom and watch how it turns from that place you simply snooze to a spot where you can seek comfort and quiet!
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