Despite what you may think, the first room we should tackle when doing a decluttering purge is not the kitchen, sitting room or bathroom, but the bedroom.
Over our lifetime, we spend over 20 years in our bedrooms, so we owe it to our own well being and health, to create a calm and organised environment in which to relax.
The good news is, just a few decluttering hacks can transform your heap of mess into a boudoir of serenity.
Here are a few tips, from Sudbury Secure Storage Owner, Louise Richardson:
When it comes to furniture in the bedroom, Lou says less is definitely more. No matter how big your sleeping space is, too much large unnecessary furniture, will make the room feel smaller. If you’re feeling brave, you could completely empty your bedroom of all furniture, and objectively see what you really need and what you don’t. Whilst the room’s empty, now would be a good time to give the walls a lick of paint and carpets a good shampoo.
Do you really need that old dresser or night stand? Perhaps you could donate it to a local charity shop? But what if the item has sentimental value? It doesn’t fit in the room, but you want to keep it. A professional storage company(Link to SSS), will offer short and long term leases so you can keep an heirloom safe, without it taking over your bedroom.
2. Too many clothes
The more furniture you have, the more clothes and accessories you find to fill them. Whilst you’re downsizing your furniture, this is an ideal time to take a good look in your wardrobe.
Lou recommends you getting a friend to help. An extra pair of hands but more importantly, it’s someone offering an objective view on your fashion choices over the years.
Set aside at least half a day, stick a bottle of prosecco in the fridge as your incentive / reward for your hard work.
Take every item of clothing out of the wardrobe and drawers and one by one, go through them. Ask yourself, when was the last time you wore it? Does it still fit? Is it worth donating? Set up three boxes, those you want to keep, those you want to donate or get rid of and those that can be stored away for the next season.
3. Give your Home office it’s P45
Do you work from home and have you set up a home office in your bedroom? Literally every other room in your house is a more appropriate place to work than the room where you sleep. But, if there really is no other option, make sure that at the end of each day, you pack away your work items and store them out of sight. Try and separate your work from your sleep. It’s better for your health.
Remember, although there are documents you legally have to keep (tax returns, contract etc) you don’t need to store in your bedroom. Contact Lou for how best to keep those items in secure storage
4. Is there a monster under the bed, or just years of dust bunnies?
When was the last time you took a good look under your bed? Do you even know what ‘s under there? This space has the potential for great storage solutions, especially with the array of different storage boxes readily available (Bits and Bobs in Sudbury have a great selection) However, before that can happen, those items lurking under the bed need to see the light of day. Pull out all the junk and see if you really need to keep any of it. Great job if you’ve stored seasonal clothes or bedding in nicely organised boxes, not so great if you find a dirty plate, sweet wrappers and a lost slipper. Be brave and tackle the mess. The feeling of achievement and that glass of prosecco when you’re done, will mean it’s all worth it.
Take a look at Sudbury Secure Storage’s profile on thebestof Sudbury and give Lou a call to chat about how she can help get your house clutter free for house sale or a pre-Autumn clean up. And your first two weeks storage are half price. Click here for the voucher