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4 Habits to Keep Your Bedroom Organized and Feeling Dreamy

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At the beginning of the year, like clockwork, the urge to get organized suddenly strikes. There is a desire to streamline everything before work-life madness strikes again. Plus, there’s a strangely satisfying feeling about Kondo-level closets, carefully edited coffee tables, and the start of the week’s prepared meals—but one of the often-overlooked spaces is his pure self It’s just a space, a bedroom. So today we turn to the master who lives intentionally, Shira Gill Not only does it address the question of how to keep your bedroom organized, but how to elevate the start of each day.

Organization expert, lifestyle blogger, author (second book, organized life will be published in 2023), Gil turns the act of clearing clutter into an almost meditative act of self-care. Seemingly endless scientific research We found a correlation between clean space and productivity (plus: less stress and better sleep). But for the Berkeley, Calif.-based mom, it’s not just about throwing things away, it’s about empowering yourself in your own space.

Featured image of Kate Zimmerman Turpin’s Sunday House.

Image by Michelle Nash

To give your most intimate space the dreamy, mood-uplifting vibe it deserves, Gill gracefully outlines a few simple habit changes and five things that will banish you from your bedroom forever (hint : Don’t neglect your morning coffee mug. Get ready to wake up in your own sanctuary.

This is an exclusive excerpt from Shira Gill’s book. Minimalista: A step-by-step guide to a better home, wardrobe and lifeReprinted from . minimalist By Shira Gill. Copyright 2021 by Shira Gill. Published by Ten Speed ​​Press, an imprint of Random House, a division of Penguin Random House LLC.

Image of Ashley Robertson’s bedroom Daniel Sabol

Tip #1: Don’t leave it alone.Set aside

I think of confusion simply as a delay in action or decision-making. If you have a pile of clean laundry on your bedroom chair, it means you haven’t folded and put it away yet. If you see a large pile of dust-covered books on the floor, it means you forgot to put them back on the bookshelf in your living room. You start noticing it when you enter. Are your bags and pockets empty? Throw and run? Recognizing your current habits is always the first step.

As you enter your bedroom today, be careful. If you have something in your hand, think twice before putting it down. Practice returning all items you bring into the bedroom to their designated homes instead of throwing them or dropping them on a convenient surface. This may sound like a stretch, but once you get the hang of this habit, it can feel like a moving meditation. Waking up is dreamy into a space that feels curated and cared for.

Image of Sasha Striebe’s closet Thiel Thomsen

Tip 2: Put away your clothes

Want to know secrets from the inside? Most people don’t put their clothes away at the end of the day. It takes him less than two minutes to put away his clothes. I think it’s well worth the effort. This small tidying up effort each night has a big compounding effect. Either you wake up to a massive pile of clothes, or you have a clean and comfortable space. Which would you like to choose?

When you get ready for bed tonight, decide which clothes are dirty and which can be put away. think. Warning: This kind of gray area thinking won’t pay off quickly. If the item is clean enough to wear again, it’s clean. If it’s visibly dirty, let’s call it dirty. handle?

Throw dirty clothes in the laundry basket. Hang or fold things you can wear again and put them back in your dresser or closet. If you have watches, jewelry, or other accessories, be sure to return them to the designated homes. This seems pretty straightforward, but I promise the payoff will be immense.

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Tip #3: Rearrange and Reset

Bedrooms can be cluttered and often filled with bills, mail, magazines, coffee cups and breakfast dishes. Spend a few minutes during the day, or before bed, rearranging random items and resetting the space to its former glory. What is your bedroom for? how do you want to feel I don’t think dirty dishes and work papers will create the mood you’re looking for.

Practice the rearrangement shuffle for 5 minutes. You’ll need to grab a trash can, box, or basket to load anything that falls into your bedroom and see how it goes. It takes a few minutes to put it back. A weekend of cleaning and tidying up. For my future self!

Image by Michelle Nash

Tip 4: Set clear boundaries for what belongs to others

Do you have a partner or spouse, children or furry friends, or an Italian lover visiting on the 3rd Thursday? Create clear and consistent guidelines and rules if other people frequently throw things in your bedroom recommended.

I know this is the part where you want me to teach you how to change other people.Believe me, as a control enthusiast myself, I want to give you that secret formula.But the truth is , that other people generally do what they want. . . even if you listen carefully. Even if you remind me Even if you threaten, pout, or get angry.

Good news? You can always decide how you think, feel, act, and react in any given situation, and that’s what I’m going to talk about here.

Make a plan for what to do if someone leaves something in your bedroom. Write down exactly how you want to react and what actions you want to take. It is important to keep calm in advance. Try to communicate it to others in your life in a clear, respectful, and non-threatening way. Use “if/then” statements. For example, you can say to your children, “If you leave your belongings in my bedroom, they won’t fit in my space, so I always pile them up on your bed.” So instead of saying “Anyone who touches my masterpiece is going down”, say something like “I’m excited to create a space that feels good”.

Image by Michelle Nash

5 things to banish from your bedroom

  • Extra furniture: Beds already take up most of your primary real estate. If you have random side tables, end tables, stools, or benches, consider moving or donating them. Give me space to breathe.
  • load: Unpack as soon as you return from your trip. Put away your things, then put away your suitcase (to the designated house, of course). please.
  • Dirty dish: One question. why? Take your time and return the dirty dishes and abandoned coffee mugs to the kitchen. Earn bonus points if you wash and clean up quickly.
  • garbage: I’m saying it because it’s more common than you think. Trash should be put in the trash. Not on the nightstand, not under the bed, not on the dresser. Not your bedroom floor! I think we are on the same page here. Please throw away the trash. Do it now. Like, now.
  • technology: Ultimately, your bedroom should be a place to rest, no matter what else you do. Listening to your computer or phone while you go to bed won’t help you get a good night’s sleep. Move anything that disturbs your sleep, such as your computer, phone, or tablet.

For tips and tricks on designing purposeful spaces, buy Shira’s amazing book. minimalist.

This post was originally published on October 11, 2021 and has since been updated.

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