We’ve all done it. Used our bedrooms as storage. Ugh! What were we thinking?!
Oh, it happened so innocently. Perhaps you got a box out of the attic to sort through seasonal clothing for the upcoming season. Then on a whim, you decided to have friends over for dinner. But there sat that box of clothing in the middle of the living room floor.
No problem; you can just set it in the bedroom for now.
But the weekend is over, and it’s back to work, children’s activities, grocery shopping, etc. You think to yourself, “There’s always next weekend to tackle that box.”
Next weekend came but there were kids’s ballgames. So, it’s okay that the box is in the way. You’d been working around it for a week now anyway. What’s another week?
Then you teen’s science fair project took up residence in your bedroom where the siblings wouldn’t destroy it before the science fair next month. Next month?!
And then the stack of magazines you were scouring for new recipes showed up.
The stack of T-shirts for the quilt have been washed, but you’re not quite ready to sew. So . . . yup, they’re now lurking in your bedroom.
You not only get the picture; you’ve actually lived with the mess. Your bedroom often becomes home to a barrage of items that don’t belong there in the first place.
Eventually, you decide you must sort through everything that is now at home in your bedroom.
Bedrooms are an easy target for clutter and extra storage space, but they shouldn’t be!
Instead of talking you through the usual organizing steps, I want to talk you through WHY you should organize your bedroom. Understanding the sanctity of that space will go along way in motivating you to get it organized and keeping it organized.
Bedrooms are for sleeping and ultimately resting.
It’s common information now that clutter adds mental weight. When our minds are heavy, rest is, at best, well . . . restless, and at worst, illusive. We simply cannot rest when we are buried in “stuff.” The “stuff” veritably screams out to us to put it away, meaning we do not truly rest.
Bedrooms provide a haven.
Relaxing by its very nature implies a haven. Think spa. Need I say more? We all long for time and a space to feel like the cares of the world are far away. Bedrooms should provide just that.
Have you ever been to a spa or salon where the boxes of shampoo, nail polish, or incense are sitting in the waiting room? There’s a reason that area and the massage rooms are clear of clutter.
Hotel rooms are a classic picture of why we like and need clutter free bedrooms. We all love the picture perfect place to relax. In fact, have you ever walked into your hotel room and just flopped on the bed with a deep sigh. Me too!
Your bedroom should be that space and evening should be that time to find your haven away from the cares of the world.
Bedrooms are often our only place of retreat.
There’s a lot of activity going on in a home: meal prep in the kitchen, eating in the dining room, homework in the kids’ bedrooms, TV watching in the family room. And sometimes the standards are all over the place: eating takes place in the kitchen or the family room and homework is done in the dining room. Nonetheless, home is a busy little place.
If we want to get away with a book, find a place to work on our planners/journals or just to think, we head to our bedrooms.
I know; I know. It won’t be long till some little fist comes rapping at the bedroom door, and somebody wants you for some reason. But the fact that there was even a knock at the door, tells us that for some reason, it’s understood that something quiet is going on in there, and he who enters needs to do it respectfully.
We all need to retreat away from the busyness of life from time to time. You want your bedroom to function that way for you or your spouse.
(We could deviate here and say the same applies to your guest bedroom. Do your guest find a retreat, a haven, a quiet resting place in the space you provide for them? Or do they feel like they are keeping you from your hobby?)
Organize as you will. But let me recommend some things to eliminate from your bedroom.
- Hobby paraphernalia – all of it! Even projects that you are presently working on. You don’t do them in your sleep anyway.
- Stacks of magazines that you plan to read before going to sleep. It’s doubtful you will.
- Removing a TV may be necessary if watching it makes you stay up later than you should.
- Electronic devices; unplug for a bit, for heaven’s sake.
- Laundry – if it’s clean, put it away; if it’s dirty, put it in the hamper. Your bed nor the floor are storage facilities.
- Any kind of box of any kind of thing. If you need the items in the container, then they need a “home” where you can get to them. A box is not a “home.” For anything.
- Clutter on your dresser top. What? You were able to make it to the dresser, but you couldn’t get the drawer open to put that item away?
When it comes to organizing your bedroom, you can go about it in a variety of ways. In the end, if you truly value your bedroom, it will serve you well.