Tips for Maintaining a Clean Bedroom
It's late, you're tired, and you're ready to hit the sack. As you enter your room you kick off your shoes, right into your closet, and you breathe deeply of the fresh smell of your perfectly clean room. Perfectly content, you fall into your bed and lapse into glorious dreaming. . .
Are you thinking what I'm thinking? That might be someone else's world, but not mine. The majority of us aren't anywhere close to knowing what that feels like. In fact, our bedrooms may even resemble sun-dried trash heaps. Hopefully that's not the case, but you get the idea. It may seem impossible to keep your domain clean, but it is really a lot easier than you may think. You just need to keep some things in mind:
1. We are all going to use things in our bedrooms. Of course we are, it's our bedroom. Using your things (or bringing in new ones) is all fine and dandy, but . . . wait for it, the most obvious and most ignored tip for keeping a clean room. . . when you are done just put it away! I know, I know, I am a royal breaker of this rule, but seriously! Teach yourself to put things away when you're done with them. My problem mostly comes from not having a dresser for my clothing. Instead, I have to hang everything up in my closet. That takes a lot of time, and most of the time I just decide to do it later. That is what gets me into trouble. Make reminders for yourself if you have to. Put sticky notes everywhere! Put notes on your pillow!
2. Second thing, since we are on the topic. If you leave yourself a note DON'T JUST MOVE IT! Actually do what it says. I will be the first to admit that I'm a major offender when it comes to this one.
3. Keep your things organized. If your book cases, shelves, closet, music, etc., are organized and looking neat it will make your room look much better, even if you do have a massive pile of laundry on the floor.
4. Dust and vacuum often. A layer of dust can make any room look like a mess even if your stuff is organized. A floor that hasn't been vacuumed in a while does the same thing.
Surely you've heard these before, and maybe you've even tried them. It comes down to discipline. You have to teach yourself and create a habit. The great thing about this? You'll be creating a good habit, not a bad one. By training yourself to keep your room clean you will notice that your life doesn't feel quite as cluttered, which will make you happier all around.