November 07, 2022 6 min read
Our bedrooms are supposed to be our sanctuary and resting place. The space where we prepare ourselves for the world and retreat to get away from it. Having cluttered unkept bedrooms takes away from that purpose. Trying to get some rest in a room that reminds you of everything you need to do is a challenge and preparing yourself to step out into the world in a room that makes you feel guilty and burdened is counterproductive. You deserve a bedroom that calls your name at night and relieves you of all your burdens. You deserve a room that is organized and orderly when you are readying yourself for the day ahead of you. You deserve a clean and clutter free bedroom sanctuary. Let's get into it.
Every room needs a clean area to start. The kitchen has clear counters to work with. The bathroom has the vanity. Your bedroom has a bed, and it begs to be made.
If you aren’t in the habit of making your bed, you might think I need to mind my business. But I just want you to work with me through the rest of this series: let’s do an experiment.
If, by the end of the next 2 weeks, you still don’t want the bed made – then, by all means, don’t make the bed. But I know that if you do this everyday until the end of this challenge, you will see the benefits. Not only does it make the whole room look and feel clean, it also encourages you to keep it that way. When the bed is made you will be less likely to allow clutter in and you will feel better about the room.
New Daily routine: Make your bed every morning when you wake up.
New Weekly Routine: Change your sheets every week. Bedsheets collect our dead skin cells for 8 hours every night while we sleep. In one week's time that equates to 56 hours of accumulating dead skin cells. Dust mites feed off of dead skin cells and dead skin cells make our sheets feel yucky.
*Tip: Follow Good Vibes’ daily cleaning routines on our Instagram Stories to stay on track with weekly bedroom cleaning. Bedroom day is every Wednesday.
Having clutter under the bed impedes the flow of energy and can make it harder to sleep at night. It’s also just plain unpleasant! Dust bunnies and critters can make their homes amongst all the clutter that gets pushed further and further beneath the bed. Items are forgotten or squished and left for another time. This can make tackling the clutter under your bed an enormous job. It's best to keep it clear or use it intentionally for storage of items needed for the bed like bed linens or blankets in under-bed storage boxes.
*Tip: If you store shoes under the bed, consider putting them in plastic shoe boxes and storing them stacked in your closet. This not only reserves space, it also reserves your shoes by preventing dust from settling on them and it helps them retain their shape. Also, if you have too many shoes, now is a great time to get rid of the ones you haven't worn in years.
Having a clean, clear nightstands is always peaceful to sleep next to. You can set your watch and rings on it at night without worrying about them getting lost amongst clutter. It’s a lovely feeling to turn off the light at night and have a place to put your book on the nightstand without having to make room for it or tossing it on the floor. Our nightstands should be decorative, useful and clutter free. Let’s get them where they need to be.
*Tip Re-evaluate the things you store in or on your nightstand. Think about your bedtime and first wake routines and use your nightstand in support of that.
An uncluttered home has as many clear surfaces as possible. Clear surfaces make a room appear bigger and more open. Clear surfaces help us feel more peaceful and more at ease in our homes.
You can think more clearly when you can sit in your space unburdened by the piles of stuff on the surfaces. And your bedroom is the last place you want piles of stuff, constantly reminding you of all you have to do. Your bedroom should be your sanctuary.
So let’s get all those piles of paperwork and books and hair ties and clothes and stuff off the dresser tops. If they don’t have a home, get rid of them and don’t let your dressers become dumping grounds. Once you allow one thing to sit on your dresser, out of place, it starts inviting its chaotic friends to the party and the next thing you know, the pile up is back... Ask me how I know.
Let's work one dresser at a time:
Now let's get back to that box you threw everything in. I know you didn't think we were gonna let that rock did you? 😅 Not a chance. We're going to go though that box and make a decision about everything in there.
Get out of the habit of putting things down on your dresser and night table surfaces. When you catch yourself doing it, tell yourself, "aht-aht, that doesn't belong there." This habit can be hard to break because we are so used to putting things down where they don't belong. So if you find that stuff is finding a home on your surfaces again, take 5 minutes every night or every morning to clear your surfaces and put things back where they belong.
Doing this every day prevents stuff from piling up. Remember, once one little thing finds a home on your surfaces, it gets comfortable and invites all of its unruly friends over. That one thing becomes a magnet for all the things. Nip this in the bud by clearing your surfaces daily and by refusing to put things down in the first place.
This concludes week one of the Good Vibes Bedroom Challenge. Be sure to come back next week when we tackle the closet and finish strong. 💪🏾
And if you haven't already, get you some Good Vibes All Purpose Cleaner so your bedroom will smell like heaven as you clean and declutter. Nag Champa and Sandalwood are the perfect scents for cleaning the bedroom where you want the vibe to be calm and sensual.
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