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Current issue | Issue 1138, 7 - 13 March 2013
Tuesday,17 October, 2017
Issue 1138, 7 - 13 March 2013

Ahram Weekly

Entre Nous: De-clutter your way to tranquility

Let’s talk about better living! Our new interactive family corner aims to expand our lifestyle horizons with practical little pearls of wisdom from the editor and input from our readers.


amoneim@ahram.org.eg

Bedrooms should be peace havens where we find our sanctuary from the stresses of daily life. This refuge is often disrupted by an exploding closet or a trip over our shoes on the way to the bathroom in the middle of the night. Clutter not only creates an unsightly mess, it can also cause stress and anxiety. De-cluttering our bedroom is the first step towards a more serene and stress-free life.

Here are some experts’ best tips to help you enjoy sleeping in your sweet oasis:

-Before you begin to de-clutter your bedroom, remove all items that do not belong in your room. If you borrowed things from a friend or family member, return them. Place dishes in the sink and towels in the hamper. Meanwhile, pick up dirty clothing and remove your bedding. Launder the bedding as you normally would.

 - Create three piles: The first is for all the items you want to keep. The second is for items you do not need, but want to either sell or donate. The last pile is for items you want to throw away.

- Maintain a clutter-free room by using the space you have wisely. A major cause of clutter is not having the proper place to store your items. Use plastic storage containers that you can stack in your closet to store items that are not used regularly.

- Consider instituting a policy that no new item of clothing goes into the closet without an old item coming out.

- Remove all items from tables, dressers and other surfaces in the bedroom and sort them. Throw away anything that you don’t use, and designate specific spaces for toiletries, jewellery and other miscellany that tends to collect in these areas to be able to easily dust these surfaces.

 

- Clear the bedroom floor. If shoes, clothes, books and papers tend to clutter up your walking spaces, use hooks, shelves and other storage solutions to clear the area. You should be able to vacuum or clean the floor easily without manoeuvring around unnecessary items.

- Organise the items on the bookshelves by size. You can use them to store DVDs and CDs as well.

- Long, shorter containers are available that will fit neatly under your bed, giving you another area of storage. Cheap wall shelves will provide more storage options for more stuff and picture frames.

- Simplify your room’s design scheme by limiting the number of decorative items. Cut back on decorative pillows, which collect dust and often end up on the floor.

- Trying to de-clutter a bedroom can be stressful. However, if you work in small areas of the room at a time you will not become overwhelmed. After you are finished using an item, place it back in its proper location. Doing this will help to keep your bedroom clutter-free.

 

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