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7 Things to Purge From Your Bedroom Right Now

7 Things to Purge From Your Bedroom Right Now

Transform your bedroom into a tranquil sanctuary by parting ways with these items that contribute to clutter.

Your bedroom should serve as a haven for relaxation and rejuvenation at the end of a tiring day. Make a comfy retreat for yourself by picking out soothing paint colors, adding cozy bedding and pillows, and getting the perfect bedroom lighting. If your room still feels chaotic despite these design considerations, it may be due to unnecessary items stored in your room.

To restore your bedroom to a state of calmness and order, discard or relocate the following items.

1. The Bedside Chair

A bedside chair or bench often becomes a magnet for bedroom clutter. We all know the situation. There’s that piece of furniture in your bedroom that accumulates clothes that are too clean to put in the laundry, but not clean enough to be hung back up. If you’re willing to part with the chair, consider adding a valet rod to the back of your closet door to be used to hang items that are in the transitional stages. Alternatively, if you prefer to keep the chair, make a personal commitment to regularly clean it off, aiming for at least once or twice a week. At least that way you’ll prevent it from becoming a big, overwhelming mound.

2. Old Bedding

When your pillows start to sag or your sheets show signs of wear and tear, it’s a clear indication that it’s time to upgrade your bedding. Instead of holding onto them, consider donating your old pillows and bedding to those in need. Local animal shelters often welcome linens for their use, so reaching out to them can be a great option. While many donation centers accept throw pillows and blankets, it’s always a good idea to confirm their specific requirements. Resist the urge to store old bedding “just in case.” It’s doubtful you’ll actually end up using it, and in the meantime it will hog up valuable storage space that could be used for other things.

3. Unworn Clothing

Take some time to go through your closet and dresser drawers and remove everything that no longer fits or is rarely worn. Even though these items are typically concealed behind closet doors or within drawers, just knowing the clutter is there can subconsciously hinder your ability to fully relax in the room. Plus, an organized closet will free up space for other items that need to be relocated from different areas. Consider donating the items you no longer need, allowing you to make room for new pieces that truly resonate with your style and will be worn.

Apply this same process to your shoes, bags, belts, hats, and other accessories stored in the bedroom. If you find yourself facing an overflowing shoe rack, particularly one that is visible, explore alternative storage solutions for your footwear. Additionally, take the opportunity to tidy up your jewelry drawers and find innovative ways to keep your hats neatly organized but still easily accessible.

4. Trinkets

Trinkets, even when neatly arranged in a cabinet or on a shelf, have a tendency to contribute to clutter. Their accumulation can quickly make a space appear crowded and disorganized. To prevent this, consider strategically displaying just one or two cherished pieces throughout the room while storing the remaining trinkets elsewhere. A memento box makes a great storage solution, as it not only keeps the knickknacks safe but also dust-free.

5. Exercise Equipment

Unless your bedroom serves as your regular workout spot, it’s recommended to find an alternative location for your dumbbells, yoga mats, and resistance bands. Additionally, large workout equipment like treadmills and stationary bikes not only consume valuable floor space, but can also contribute to unnecessary clutter, similar to the phenomenon of ‘the chair.’ It’s a good idea to relocate your exercise equipment to an area of your home where it will be more conducive to regular use, such as the basement or garage. By doing so, it’s a win/win. You can free up space in your bedroom and ensure that your workout gear is in a more appropriate and functional space.

6. Paperwork

Stacks of work papers can be a significant source of stress, but especially when they find their way into your bedroom. Unless it’s absolutely necessary to work from your bedroom, it’s advisable to remove all paperwork from the room. Throw away, recycle or shred all the documents you can, then find an alternative location for those you have to keep. In the event that your bedroom is the only area where a desk or office space will fit, establish a filing system that allows you to conceal documents, papers, and to-do lists during non-work hours.

7. Snacks

It is important to refrain from storing any kind of food in the bedroom, as it can invite unwelcome pests. If you indulge in eating while in bed, spilled food not only attracts bugs or other unwanted creatures but can also foster the growth of germs and bacteria if not washed right away. Additionally, research has indicated that consuming meals while being engrossed in television or on your phone (which commonly occurs in bed) can lead to mindless eating and unnecessary weight gain. Confine late-night snacking to the kitchen and maintain a strict rule of keeping food out of the bedroom entirely.

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