As soon as you wake up, what do you see? Is your bedroom space a sanctuary from the stress of daily life where you can easily and calmly start your day or is it a cluttered reminder of all you’re not taking care of and making you feel overwhelmed and frustrated each and every morning?
Now, think about how you would like your master bedroom to function. Do you need it to be a “home office” space as well? Is it a TV room where your kids can go or do you pile the clean laundry on the bed with the hopes of folding it and putting it away? Or is it a place to “hold” your clutter so it is not in the rest of the house? What do you want it to be?
Clutter and Disorganization can:
- Make getting dressed a hassle
- Impact your sleep
- Interfere with romance
- Waste time
- Increase your stress
- Make things harder and/or take longer
What is the impact?
The truth is we cannot expand our spaces to fit all of our things so we need to either reduce how much we own or redefine what is really important to us. By removing those things that you no longer want, need or use or that do not belong, you can begin to free up some space. In the master bedroom, both parties need to share their hopes for the space. In a child’s room, they need to have input as well.
Biggest impact in a master bedroom….electronics! The TV, the ipad and even the phones all impact your sleep cycles and serve to distract you from the true priorities of that room. “A new study from Brigham Young University examined how technology interferes with relationships. The researchers concluded that “technoference” can be damaging not just to a relationship but to your psychological health as well.”
Clutter and disorganization can also interfere with your morning and evening routines. Those routines that are supposed to help you calmly end your day and prepare yourself for sleep can be totally thrown off if you happen to step on a lego. (You know what I mean)
Various studies also mention the effects of clutter on children. Everything from scoring lower on tests of cognitive ability and self-regulation to learned helplessness and withdrawing from academic challenges. Also, being overwhelmed by the number of options can prevent kids from using their time creatively.
Ideas to Help
- Declutter – seriously….declutter
- Reduce your clothing so that it fits in your storage spaces when all the laundry is done (dressers and closets)
- Organize by grouping like things together
- Hooks for tomorrow’s outfit and things that can be worn again
- Bins inside drawers to hold things you don’t need to fold (pjs, socks, etc.)
- Clear off all flat surfaces so only the necessities are there
- Remove extra pillows and décor
- Label clear bins in kids’ rooms to help with organization
- Make the master bedroom inviting (and not kid friendly????)
And lastly, when you get up in the morning, make your bed. It changes the way you think about your room and gives you an automatic win for the day. So, calm or chaotic – the choice is yours.