Your bedroom, more than any other room in your home should be a place of peace and calm, a sanctuary away from our busy lives and a place to unwind at the end of a long day,
A place to recharge your batteries, reconnect with yourself and loved one. It should be a place of rest and relaxation, not only for your body but your mind as well.
Most people love a getaway to a hotel room every now and again. But why do we feel so calm and relaxed when we are there? Is it because we are escaping our everyday homes and lives to a little bit of luxury? Or because we are temporarily living in a simple, minimalistic space, not filled with stuff and reminders of the things that need to be done?
I think it's a combination of both - the treat of a little bit of luxury and, escaping the physical and mental clutter that exists in our day to day homes and lives and entering a space of calm, order and peace.
For most of us, it's about what's NOT in the hotel room. There are no piles of laundry (dirty or clean to be put away), no bills or paperwork that need to be sorted, no nagging tasks to be done and nothing piled on the bed apart from nice clean, soft, comfy pillows and duvet.
It's so nice to be able to walk through the door of your bedroom at the end of a long day and be able to relax, ready for sleep.
A hotel room is a clutter-free space, with minimal decor, storage space, everything in its place and all that you really need.
We need to create the same feeling of calm and peace that we get in a hotel room, in our own bedroom.
When you think about it, there's not much that you really need in your bedroom. It has a few essential functions - most importantly sleeping and intimacy, but you might also get dressed, groom yourself, read, watch TV, listen to music.
You should love being in your bedroom! It's the one room that is most personal to you. Think about how many hours you spend there. Unlike a hotel room, our bedrooms can be our own little world, as not many house guests usually enter this private space.
But, at times you may find that your bedroom doesn't feel this way.
Many bedrooms that I see when working with clients are overwhelmed with stuff, and most of it doesn't belong in their bedroom.
Unfortunately, our bedrooms can act as overflow storage when other living areas become full of stuff. We tend to shove things in our bedrooms so it's out of the way, or when we want to hide it when guests come round. We leave the house in a rush in the mornings, leaving behind us a trail of clothes, toiletries, shoes and accessories. As it's our personal space, we think it's fine as no-one else will see it, but it's not going to help you to get a good nights sleep.
For your own wellbeing, your bedroom should be the most uncluttered room in your house. Try and keep it as simple as possible. You'll be amazed at how creating a calm, uncluttered bedroom can really help your sleep.
Obviously, everyone's ideal bedroom is aesthetically different, but this edit is about simplifying what you have to reconnect and create calm.
If you would like to simplify and organise your bedroom but aren't quite sure how to get started, I've got some helpful tips for you, plus a free bedroom edit workbook.
Step One: KNOW YOUR WHY
This is one of the most important steps in any life editing project - knowing why you want to change something and being clear on what you are hoping to achieve.
☐ How does your bedroom currently make you feel?
☐ How well do you sleep?
☐ What are the problem areas?
☐ What is your primary motivation for making a change?
☐ What are your bedroom goals?
Step Two: DECLUTTER + SIMPLIFY
Decluttering is the single best way to promote calm in your bedroom.
To keep it calm your bedroom should be a no-clutter zone. This is the most important step, you cannot organise your room until you have decluttered.
Prepare by allocating spaces, bags or boxes for your sorting categories - Rubbish/Recycling, Donate, Relocate and Keep. If you are still new to decluttering. there are some other preparation tips here.
Work your way around the room methodically and thoroughly - one drawer, shelf, surface or area at a time. Each item has to be put into one of your categories. Think...Do I love this item? Do I use it regularly and when? Does it enhance my life? Can I live without it?
Keep bedroom surfaces as clear as possible - especially your bedside table. Try and keep only essential items out next to your bed.
Step Three: ORGANISE
Once you have worked your way around the room and decluttered all areas, only leaving the things that you love and can't live without, its time to organise. If you haven't already, start sorting your 'Keep' items into like for like categories, such as clothes (put these all together but don't worry about organising too much - your wardrobe is a separate project!), jewellery, cosmetics, books, etc.
Step Four: STORE + CONTAIN
A place for everything and everything in its place. I'm sure you've heard this before, but it's essential in maintaining tidiness. Work your way through your 'Keeps' and allocate a home for each category.
If you have to keep items stored under your bed, make sure they are organised categories and neatly contained in under bed storage or drawers.
Step Five: MAINTAIN
Don't fall into the trap of thinking that once you've organised your bedroom, you're done. Regular upkeep is necessary, regardless of how clear and tidy the room is now, but it will be much easier when everything has it's place.
Every morning get in the habit of resetting and tidying the room before you leave for the day. Make the bed, put toiletries back in their place, laundry in the hamper and tidy the bedside tables and then shut the door. It shouldn't take very long at all, and you'll really appreciate coming home at the day and opening the door to a lovely calm room ☺️.
Add a weekly clean and linen change to your cleaning schedule (Friday is bed stripping day in our house!).
CLICK HERE TO DOWNLOAD THE BEDROOM EDIT WORKBOOK