While I previously wrote about how better organization can lead to a happier and more productive life, I think that the most important room to organize properly in your house is the bedroom. I am a huge advocate of the minimalist bedroom. If your bedroom is in disarray, cluttered, or a just an overall disaster, it will have drastic effects on your quality of sleep, and sleep is a pivotal component to your self-care. Changing the look and feel of your bedroom can grant long term benefits to your health and mind.
A Minimalist Life
Before, I get into the concept of a minimalist bedroom, let’s discuss what living a minimalist life is all about. Being a minimalist is more than just living without possessions or as few possessions as possible. That can be a part of it, but it is more to do with a state of mind.
I remember years ago when I was studying abroad in Japan, and I had an epiphany walking the streets of Nagoya. One of several I had while there. Everywhere I looked reeked of a consumer society, miles and miles of endless shops full of worthless junk and people constantly buying, buying, buying. In the midst of all this chaos, I stumbled across a shrine ironically enough next to a dollar store. I felt like I was transported to a different world. Sure the sounds of the city still enveloped me but here sat this small secluded wooden shrine, very plain and ordinary but emanation a kind of serenity and peace. The juxtaposition fascinated me, and your bedroom can be your shrine amidst the chaos too.
A minimalist life can be achieved by separating the hold material possessions hold on you and learning to enjoy the simple things in life. You can still buy nice things, but you don’t feel the need to buy things for the sake of buying them. This can be hard for some who think that the person with the most toys wins, but the reality is that the person with the most toys is probably even more miserable than you are.
Simpler is Better
Your bedroom has one main purpose, hence the name. You bed is the only required piece of furniture. Now the type of bed isn’t important. I have some sites offering advice on a sleek streamlined bed either white or black, but I don’t think any of that is necessary. If you want to get a bed with storage space underneath that could be one way to eliminate a dresser which I think is not a necessity. If a dresser is required, I recommend keeping it in the closet and hanging the rest of your clothes above it depending on the size and shape of the closet itself.
The key is to minimize the amount of stuff and furniture you keep in your room. Remember that the bed is really all you need and work around that. When you enter a bedroom free of distractions, it will create a change in your mind and will have positive impacts on how you sleep and relax.
Ditch the Electronics
If you get rid of anything at all out of your bedroom make sure it is all your electronic equipment. According to The National Sleep Foundation, the natural reduction of light in the day has in the past cued us to wind down for sleep, but we have now disturbed our body’s natural rhythms with our 24/7 connected society.
Besides just being a distraction, the light produced from electronics is an alerting agent that tricks our brain into promoting wakefulness. Clocks, TV’s, and smart phones need to be kept out of the bedroom. If you use your smartphone as an alarm, consider keeping it in an adjacent bathroom or getting an analog battery powered alarm clock. It can be painful to be away from your smart phone throughout the night, but after you adjust you will be amazed at the improvement in your quality of sleep.
A Few Necessities
Besides a bed and maybe an alarm clock, there are a few more necessities that might be required for your minimalist bedroom. One thing you might want to consider is a plant. You don’t need to go plant crazy or anything, but the right type of plant can provide innumerable benefits. There are several shown to aid in your sleep, but I think the overall champion would be the Spider Plant. NASA has done tests that show Spider Plants help cleanse the air by reducing fumes and toxins in the air as well as sustaining the oxygen level of your room.
The last thing you should consider is the type of blinds or curtains you put in your bedroom. Keeping out light is essential to a good bedroom and depending on where you live, you may have a lot of light coming in from the outside. The best choice in these situations would be blackout curtains. A large variety of manufactures produce these, but blackout curtains can block out up to 99% percent of light and reduce noise as well. If a blackout curtain isn’t required at least buy some blinds to limit the light from the moon. A dark room is essential.
Prepare For A Good Night’s Sleep
When it comes to your bedroom, remember that simplicity is key. A minimalist bedroom isn’t hard to create. In fact, a bed is really all you need, but an addition of a plant, blackout curtains, or alarm clock may be necessary depending on your situation. Keep out all electronics anything else that could serve as distractions throughout the night. Your goal is to create a space that makes you relax, wind down, and keeps you comfortable throughout the night. Nothing can be better for your health and self-care than a good night’s sleep. Take a look at your room and ask yourself, are you prepared?
Thanks for reading and if you have any comments or suggestions, please leave them below. Take care everyone and happy sleeping.