Hopefully, you’ll never have to worry about this, but should thieves ever break into your home, they’ll steal money, jewelry, and confidential papers. Don’t keep these papers anywhere they’ll think to look. Getting a safe for your bedroom can seem extreme, but it’s the best option for keeping your papers safe. Passports, social security, birth certificates, and even your will need extra protection.
Any safe you purchase needs to be fireproof and waterproof. Have a security code instead of a key; keys are easily lost. It’s okay to keep a safe in an accessible and easy place. You won’t want to run to the basement every time you need your documents. Furthermore, putting it in say, a garage, is riskier. Garages are much more easily broken into. Most safety experts agree that the bedroom is the best place to keep you safe.
Are you a keeper of stuffed animals, clothes that don’t fit, or old love letters? It’s time to get rid of the things you don’t need anymore. Many things can carry sentimental value, and you don’t have to get rid of everything. Just throw away or donate what takes up space and doesn’t serve you. Clinging to clothes that don’t fit is never a good idea. Not only do they take up space, they won’t suit you if you wear them. Purchase clothes that fit you. Get rid of anything damaged or permanently stained.
Any extras or duplicate items need to go. Worn, old blankets can go too, you don’t need more than three in your bedroom. Again, extra items and clutter only worsen your feelings of stress and guilt, which then worsens your sleep. Outdated electronic gadgets and old phones always seem like they’ll come in handy one day, but they never do, and you will never use them. Get rid of everything that you might need “someday.” You’ll make your life much simpler and better by holding on to the things you use.
Sometimes it’s your only option, but really try to not use your bedroom as a storage room. The bed is a place for sleep and rest, not storage. Again, this will only make your room messier and cramped. Add paintings, curtains, light fixtures; make your bedroom a beautiful place to be. Shelves should only hold pictures, piggy banks, and decorations. The closet is for clothes, shoes, and accessories only.
If you keep your donations box in your bedroom, you need to move it. Since the bedroom is off limits for storage, the best alternatives are closets, cabinets, attics, and basements. Boxes used for storage can make your bedroom seem very claustrophobic. Storing things under the bed makes hideouts for spiders. Storage is a necessity, but if at all possible, keep it out of the bedroom.