by Cassandra Merkling
(last updated December 12, 2019)
Clothes are a big culprit in keeping your bedroom entrenched in STUFF. The best way to deal with it is to find homes for clothing in every stage of cleanliness. If you have a lot of dirty clothes, you should have a hamper or basket for said dirty clothes. If you have some clothes that are not actually dirty but are not perfectly clean and you want to wear them again so they can get properly dirty, have a place for them, perhaps a side of the closet rung where you can hang this specific clothing. Of course, make it easy to put away your clean laundry, so keep your drawers fairly empty so you can actually fit your clothing into them without a lot of squeezing and muttering. Remember that if you want to make a habit, you should start by making it easier to do so you have less excuse to not do it and fewer obstacles to doing a good job.
Whenever you consult a doctor who knows about sleep hygiene, you will find them telling you that the bed should be used only for two things: sleeping and sex. Everything else should be done in other rooms. You will sleep better if you do not have a television in your bedroom, and then you will be less likely to bring in more clutter. This is mostly a preventative measure, but every little bit of knowledge helps you in the fight against clutter.
Try to have only one or two books per person in your bedroom. If you can't sleep at night, it is nice to have a book to read that will put you to sleep, but you will not need an entire library to choose from while you are in your bedroom. Therefore, put the stacks of books and magazines you have collected by your bed into another room.
Another clutterer of many bedrooms is our collections of blankets. If you have lots of blankets on the floor, you probably do not need them until the weather gets colder, so launder them and put them away so that they are ready for you to use when the time comes. Some people keep their blankets in blanket chests, some in closets in other rooms. Whatever you do, be sure they are somewhere where they will not get in the way while you are not using them.
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