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06Jan 2015
Domestic Cleaning: Decluttering your Bedroom
Domestic Cleaning: Decluttering your BedroomThrowing out old, unneeded belongings isn’t just sensible in terms of space, it can also be incredibly therapeutic. It makes the items you do need easier to find, especially if you’re stressed or in a hurry, and removes both physical and mental clutter from your life. It can be especially helpful in your bedroom, as this is the area you sleep, so keeping it as clean, tidy and minimalistic as possibly can actually help if you’re having trouble sleeping. However, if it’s been a while since you’ve decluttered or you have a lot of belongings, it can be difficult to know where to start. Whether you’re decluttering for a specific reason, like move out cleaning, or just because you fancy it, here are some ways you can start the tidying process. StorageBefore house cleaning or carrying out a thorough tidy, it’s wise to get hold of some storage items in order to help pack up the belongings you want to keep neatly. For example, coat hangers, if you don’t already have some, hanging separators and storage boxes. There are storage boxes, which can slot underneath your bed. These are perfect if you don’t have a lot of space, but have a lot of items you want to store away. In addition, many storage items come fully decorated and can double-up as nightstands and tables, again, saving space but looking attractive to the eye.ClothesClothing is always a good place to start when decluttering or carrying out a domestic cleaning routine, because clothes are often items we hoard and collect. Go through your draws, cupboards and wardrobe and take out every last bit of clothing. Lay it out in front of you either on the bed or on the floor and go through it, piece-by-piece. Sort into piles: keep and throw. With the pieces you throw out, you can either donate to charity, sell or just throw away. The pieces you keep need to be sorted into categories; the best way of doing this is usually by types of clothing, for example, underwear in one draw, t-shirts in another. Hang up any coats or jackets using the hangers, being careful to cover any expensive or vintage pieces in jacket covers. You can buy separators to hang in your wardrobe so that you can stack items vertically; this way, you can get to the items easily, without having to sort through your whole collection and messing the arrangement up. This is particularly affective when storing shoes, as they can all be kept separate without having the weight of other items pressing on them and potentially misshaping them.TrinketsBits and bobs around the bedroom, like old perfume bottles, burnt out candles and pieces of jewellery can all stack up. However, some do hold sentimental value, like postcards, ornaments and other items which have been gifted to you. After deciding which items you want to keep and what you can get rid of, make a firm decision on where and how you want to store them. Jewellery trees or wall hangers can be particularly useful for jewellery, as they not only keep these items out of the way and off surfaces, but also prevent them from getting tangled. If you have other sentimental items laying around, like cinema tickets and postcards, consider making a scrapbook so they’re all in one place. If you have a lot of ornaments and other trinkets taking up room in your bedroom but don’t want to part with them, consider other areas in your home where they could be placed. This way, you don’t have to throw them away but they’re no longer cluttering your bedroom. Consider hiring professional cleaners to help you with the rest of your household chores.

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