Not a space to be viewed by any public eyes – however, being your sanctuary, it's a space we want to be clean and comfortable. A long day's work can be simply washed away as we relax in a clean room with a fresh bed and not tripping over dirty clothes on the floor!
Like the kitchen, everything in your bedroom should have its own space; somewhere for trousers, a spot for jumpers, hanging space for jackets, dresses etc and of course drawers for socks and other personal items. It's up to you to keep that tracksuit off the floor and in the space where it belongs. This may seem like a lot of hard work but just a little effort every day means there is never a big clean up to do. I personally hate chaos in my bedroom and I confine it to one tiny area – a stool beside the dressing table that is home to any item not ready for the wash basket or the wardrobe. As long as it fits on the stool I'm fine. However, the stool sometimes gets to be a foot higher than normal and then it's time to do something about it!
Regularly change the bed linen. A bed does not stay smelling fresh unless we keep the dressing of it habitual. Most sets of bed sheets will fit in the wash in one round, but it is often the drying and ironing that put us off making this a regular process. To cut down on ironing use a dryer to dry your duvet cover and pillowcases. If you make sure they don't bunch in the dryer and take them out immediately the cycle is complete, they should be relatively free of creases. Simply fold them until required. I rarely see a need to iron a bottom sheet. Again the dryer will leave it fairly crease free but even if dried on a washing line the creases fall out after one night sleeping on them. Where possible have two sets of sheets for each bed to ease the pressure of getting the sheets washed, dried, ironed and back on the bed in one day.
Remove items that don't belong in the bedroom when you leave it every morning. Glasses of water, newspaper, magazines, post and any other items that do not live in the bedroom should be brought to your living areas each morning.
Vacuum as often as you can. The bedroom can gather quite a lot of dust on a day to day basis so a regular vacuum will keep the dust mites at bay.
Invest in a feather duster. It's by far the quickest way to give a quick dust to lights, pictures and furniture to help keep your sanctuary fresh and dust free.
Clean out your wardrobe! I know – I hate this one too but it really pays dividends if you do it every three or six months. Have you ever had an experience that I regularly have – of finding a garment that you had forgotten you had and may not even have worn because it was crushed with all your other belongings in the wardrobe? My final solution to this problem is a two stage process. I go through my wardrobe or one section of it, ruthlessly picking out items I think I'm not going to wear again. However, instead of recycling them straight away I put them in the spare room wardrobe in a bag (the attic is also a good place for this as long as you do the next step). After six months, (with me it's usually a year!), take them to recycling, safe in the knowledge that you have not needed them in all this time and are not likely to need them again. For minimally worn items, there are hundreds of charity shops more than happy to take old clothes off your hands.
Some quick tips
- Make your bed.
- Throw your clothes in the laundry or put them away.
- Tidy your bedside locker. Put away books, papers or anything else that's piled up there.
- Stack books and cds on one shelf or on racks.