It’s a brand new year! What better way to start off the year than to be clutter free and ready for a fresh start? With a new year, there is often the want to lead a fitter, healthier, and more organised life. We don’t know about you, but to us there is nothing more satisfying than feeling organised and ready to hit the ground running at the start of a new year.
Your bedroom is a room you spend so much time in, so it’s a great place to start if you are contemplating a declutter and want to get organised. After all, the bedroom is a place you want to find relaxing and stress free. We feel clearing the clutter in your bedroom can be an excellent way to do that and have some great tips below to get you all set for a clutter free year.
When it comes to clothing, the ‘one year’ rule could be a good rule to apply if you’re wanting a declutter. The ‘one year’ rule involves sorting through your clothes and only keeping the items you have worn within the last year. If you haven’t worn it in the last year, you’re probably not going to miss it.
A good way to know what items you wear often is to turn all your hangers one way. Once you wear an item of clothing, turn the hanger the other way when you put the item back. Throughout the year, you will see what items you wear often and which it’s time to say goodbye to.
When sorting through your bedroom items, it’s a good idea to have three different piles; a pile for charity, a pile to get rid of, and a pile to keep. Having set piles from the start means that you can sort your items into sections fairly quickly. Having a pile to give to charity can sometimes make parting with stuff easier. That way, you know that someone could get good use out of an item you no longer really want or need. The toss pile can be a good chance to sort through those old pyjamas and holey socks you’ve been meaning to get rid of. Carrie Bradshaw did a similar (potentially more glamourous) thing in the Sex and the City movie. You can make it as fun as you want with the option of a takeaway food order, alcohol, or the involvement of a friend to help with the decision-making process.
Sometimes it can be helpful to sort out and categorise your items. Why not separate your items depending on your storage space? Could you separate your pyjamas into those for winter and those for summer? Could you sort your shoes into those for everyday and those for more special occasions? Your clothes could be arranged based on item type, seasonal suitability, or occasion. Categorising will help when it comes to the speed of deciding what to wear when the suitable items to choose from are all in one place. This same principle could be applied in other rooms, too. Could you have a set of drawers for the bathroom and have everything needed for a shower in one drawer, things needed for a bath in the next, and so on and so forth.
Looking at your bedroom, could your bedside tables or cabinets be decluttered? Are there items you often keep out each day that you could easily store away? Having a sparser, cleared look could make your bedroom feel fresher and more inviting. It may also be worth investing in items which can be cleverly used as storage so that things can be out of sight. Good examples of these items could be an ottoman or trinket box to keep your everyday items stored away.
Research has found that people sleep better when distractions are taken out of the bedroom. Professionals suggest that good sleep hygiene involves linking the bedroom to sleep and avoiding using the bedroom for other activities if possible. With that in mind, have a look at your furniture and bedroom items and check if any can be removed or moved to a different room. If you currently use your bedroom as an office or a place to watch TV, could you potentially use a different area of the house for these tasks and move the furniture or items elsewhere? Keeping the room simple and minimalistic can also make it feel and look bigger.
Out with the old and in with the new
The new year often brings with it a fresh start and new beginnings. Are there any items in your bedroom that could do with an upgrade or change, such as your bed sheets or duvet covers? When did you last upgrade or flip your mattress?
Your mattress needs changing every ten years. At Ely, we have the perfect mattress for a healthier, clutter free and more positive year ahead.