We’re often interested in creating a beautiful space for rest with cozy bedding, neatly arranged throw pillows, and perhaps some relaxing artwork on the walls. While it is important to have a space that feels wonderful and soothing, it is also very important to look into those areas you don’t immediately see.
The space under the bed has become a space where often times people store unimportant items and clutter. While at first thought it may make sense for storage, this can pose major problems for sleep.
What is under your bed?
I used to struggle with sleep as a teenager. Under my bed I’d store magazines. I used to LOVE magazines, especially Seventeen! I’d keep them and pull them out all the time to look through the clothes, hairstyles and more. At the time I also really struggled with self-image. I find it interesting now to think that I was literally spending hours lying on top of pictures and images that I thought to be ideal and who I wished I was.
“Megan”, a client asked me to help with her bedroom as she was struggling with sleep. She described her difficulty falling asleep and how she'd lie there for hours with her minding spinning circles. I couldn't wait to see what was under her bed. After digging out the boxes under the bed we discussed what exactly was being stored here. It was filled with photos and magazine clippings that she'd planned to keep and also to organize as well as books she had planned to read. You see, she was sleeping on top of a “to-do” list of items. It’s no wonder that she struggled to fall asleep.
If you must store something under your bed, it is always my recommendation to store only extra bedding here. An extra pillow or additional blanket for a cold night would be fine. Beyond that, I recommend you keep the area empty and clean. Also, touch base every few months to clean or vacuum under the bed too.
Wishing you a restful night's sleep!