We’ve all heard the saying “tidy room, tidy mind” and there’s definitely some truth in that. One study found that people that described their homes as “cluttered” were more likely to feel fatigued and depressed in themselves. Whereas, those who described their homes as feeling “restful” and “restorative” had much higher levels of happiness and mental well being. But if being clean and tidy has such a positive impact on us, why do we find ourselves struggling to upkeep tidiness, and looking at articles just like this to try and help us declutter? There are a few reasons, we forget how nice it is to have a clean and tidy environment and quite simply, it’s easier to let the clutter pile up then do something about it. The longer you leave it, the larger the task seems to face.
However, if you’re anything like us you’ll find watching Marie Kondo on Netflix has given you some much-needed inspiration to tackle the clutter in your home. Marie says “if you properly simplify and organize your home once, you'll never have to do it again.” Well, that sounds good enough to us! With all that in mind, take a look at our top 7 tips you can use to decrease the clutter in your room and bring back some much-needed zen into the bedroom.
Perhaps the simplest and easiest tip in this post is to make your bed daily. The National Sleep Foundation found that people who make their beds every morning are 19% more likely to regularly get a good night’s sleep. Despite the health benefits, making your bed just makes your room look instantly tidier. So why not make it part of your daily routine? Whether it’s the one thing you do that day, or whether it’s to start you off on the decluttering journey; get making that bed.
When getting starting with decluttering, it’s important to have the mindset of ‘less is more’. You can’t declutter and empty space is a room without getting rid of some of your old stuff. When you’re going through the items in your bedroom, ask yourself when you last used this item, whether you’ll use it again and whether or not it’s actually worth keeping. Marie Kondo encourages you to recognise whether an item sparks joy in your life and if it doesn’t, get rid. Make a pile of items that you’re keeping, those which can be recycled or taken to charity and finally those items that really just need to go in the bin.
Start with your wardrobe, go through your draws next and then progress to the items under your bed. It can seem like a daunting task to begin with but once you get into the swing of things you’ll find it much easier. This is the biggest task you’ll have to face!
This is another really simple and quick tip for you but is something that is commonly forgotten. Empty your bin! Not only does a full bin look messy and cluttered, but it’s also pretty unhygienic. However, the key with this tip is not to just do it as a one-off. Have a set time every week that you’ll empty your bin, put it in your calendar and stick to it! Once you do it a few times, it’ll soon become a habit and you won’t even need that reminder in your calendar anymore.
A fitted wardrobe, or other fitted furniture, is a much bigger commitment than the above tips yet it really can make the world of difference. A fitted wardrobe gives an overall more sleek and streamlined finish, which is really key in creating a space that has minimal clutter. Here at Kitchen Fit Sandiacre, each element of our fitted bedrooms are bespoke and designed to suit your budget, your taste and your available space. We can add various internal storage elements to help you keep any clutter out of view.
You’ll find that you’ll free up so much more space in your room that you didn’t even think was possible! Not only that, but it gives you a chance to remove any unnecessary furniture that you don’t need. There’s nothing worse than a room full of furniture that is not required.
This tip fully encompasses the idea of ‘out of sight out of mind’. Utilise the space under your bed for those items you don’t reach for on an everyday basis, but you do still need. However, this tip does not mean chuck everything under your bed that doesn’t have a place or, putting items that you can’t be bothered to put away under there. Take advantage of the available space under your bed and organise the space by using storage boxes and pull out draws. That way you still know where everything is, and can easily to get everything when you need to. Why not put away summer clothes or your bedding under there and free up space in your wardrobe for the items you need.
We mentioned in the previous tip how you can use storage containers under your bed to better organise your space. Well, the same applies to the rest of your room. You can get storage containers for just about any space, and the great thing is that they’re readily available and cheap - winner! Storage containers allow you to keep items of the same category together. It also really helps you to give everything a place and ensure that everything is actually in its place. Plus, it’s much easier to clean a plastic storage container than it is an entire drawer!
The final tip of this post (and one of our personal favourites) is to have a ‘to sort’ bin. Everyone at some point has said ‘I’ll put that away later’, when you know full well it’ll stay in that pile for the next X amount of days. To combat this issue, have a ‘put away later’ basket or bin of some description. The aim of this is to put clothes, books and any other clutter in the bin throughout the day. Then, before you go to bed, spend 5 minutes putting away those items so it doesn’t pile up. A simple hack to keep on top of the clutter around your room.
So that’s it! Our 7 top tips to help you embrace your inner Marie Kondo, and keep the clutter at bay in your bedroom. If you stay consistent and on top of the clutter, you’ll find some of the tips become part of your everyday routine helping you to maintain a constant state of tidiness. Good luck!
Posted on: 15th February 2019