According to a survey, the garage, the bedroom, and the kitchen are the rooms in the house where people tend to accumulate more stuff that shouldn’t be there, which contributes to a general untidiness of the room.
Do you have any broken yard tools in your garage that you don’t throw out because you keep telling yourself you are going to fix them someday? Or any super old pans in your kitchen that you never use anymore?
And have you ever asked yourself why you keep accumulating useless things that only take up space? Well, the bedroom is also a prime room for accumulators, and that is why keeping it organized can be quite challenging sometimes.
Recognizing the things you should never have in your bedroom can be a huge step towards a more organized environment, and some of these things can even influence the quality of your sleep! So check out the following seven things that do not belong in your bedroom (if you want it to be clean and tidy, that is!)
1. Your pet
Of course, this is an individual choice, and if you enjoy sleeping and cuddling your pet, it’s up to you. But from a cleaning point of view, allowing your pet inside your bedroom is to be avoided.
Bedroom cleaning is already exhausting enough without having to worry about your pet’s fur clinging to your bedwear, pillows, and carpets. If you have allergies, this can make it even worse. Our advice? Buy a comfortable bed for your dog or cat and keep your bed for yourself.
2. Clear the clutter
If your room is supposed to be a relaxing, serene, and comfortable space, clutter is one of the things you should avoid at all costs. Believe it or not, a cluttered environment can even cause you sleep problems because even if you are not aware of it, your brain will always process the clutter as “work that needs to be done,” which may prevent you from entering a deep state of relaxation.
As a result, you may experience trouble sleeping, which on a long-term prospect can escalate to stress and other related health issues. Do not let clutter be one of the things that affect your sleep at night – look into storage options or alternative organization systems that can help make your room look orderly and neat.
3. Electronic devices
Nowadays, our smartphone works almost like an extension of our bodies, and we understand that the simple thought of leaving it out of our bedrooms can even sound uncomfortable. However, keeping not only your smartphone but all electronic devices out of your bedroom might just be the path to a good night’s sleep.
Your brain needs to produce melatonin for you to fall asleep, and the blue light from your TV, laptop, or smartphone interferes with the production of this substance. If you don’t want this to happen to you, you should avoid using your electronic devices at least for a couple of hours before going to bed.
If you want to take things slowly, start by setting up the “night mode” on your phone, for example, and the screen will change into a warmer color scheme, which will benefit your vision and your sleep. Besides the light related issues, keeping devices around when you are trying to relax is not such a good strategy, as the constant ringing notifications may cause you to become stressed, thus affecting the quality of your resting time.
4. Exercise equipment
If you are one of those people who prefer to exercise at home, try to find a place for your exercise equipment outside of your bedroom. If you have an exercise machine that you are not using, keeping it inside your bedroom will turn it into clutter, with the disadvantage that you get to pile more clutter on top of it.
If you exercise daily, the equipment is not very sanitary, even if you are the only one using it. And if you have the equipment but you are not exercising at the moment, having visible exercise materials in your bedroom can increase your guilt and even cause you stress before bedtime.
5. A desk or a workspace
Your bedroom should be a place for relaxation, and that is why it is super important to set some spatial boundaries that allow you to separate your working moments from your restful moments.
Working from your bedroom can destroy your life/work balance, and this balance is super important if you want to be able to manage your stress levels and escape from work-related obligations – so this is why you shouldn’t have a desk in your bedroom. If you work from home, create your workspace, but keep it out of your bedroom.
6. Dirty clothes
It’s ok to accumulate dirty clothes, what is not ok is to keep them in your bedroom. The simple fact that you have an overflowing laundry basket in your bedroom can make the whole room look untidy.
But it’s even worse if you don’t even have a laundry bag and just allow your dirty clothes to pile up all over the place or on the bedroom floor. Again, your brain will not be able to relax if you are surrounded by clutter – even if it’s just a subconscious thought. If you don’t have a laundry room, or if you don’t have enough space in the bathroom for your laundry basket, at least try to hide it somewhere in your bedroom.
7. An old mattress
People often overlook the quality of their mattress without realizing that a good quality mattress can completely change the quality of their sleep, as well as health-related issues, like posture, back pain, and so on. A mattress is supposed to last ten years, and that’s the maximum.
Do not wait until it starts to deteriorate to replace it – do it as soon as it no longer feels comfortable, your health will thank you. It’s always worth mentioning that even if you clean your mattress properly, the dead skin cells and body oils on it will still attract dust mites, which, let’s face it, is gross.
And speaking of gross, did you know that a mattress that has been used for ten years can accumulate a lot of dead skin? And by a lot, we mean like 10 pounds, more or less. Treat yourself to a new, comfortable mattress. You absolutely deserve it!