Sleep hygiene


‘Sleep hygiene’, is  a new expression for me, yet suddenly I am seeing it all about. It seems to mean the habits you should get into to achieve a good nights sleep. No coffee, no alcohol before bed , putting down the phone – you get the idea.

To me they are missing a big point – bedroom hygiene …

In my years de cluttering I have seen many bedrooms that I can hardly enter let alone sleep in … coffee cups, overflowing bins and dirty clothes littering the floor.

Your bedroom should be a calm, peaceful sanctuary, clean, organised, smelling good and full of fresh air.


Your bedroom should be a calm, peaceful sanctuary, clean, organised, smelling good and full of fresh air.Please give me a moment and let’s do a quick exercise..

Go into your bedroom, open the blinds/curtains and window, lie on the bed and look about – what can be improved?

Have a quick de clutter – remove those boxes from on top of the cupboard, the shoes on the floor, put everything away, empty the bin and the dirty clothes  – they don’t live on the floor. So  take out anything that doesn’t sit easy on the eye.

Piles of books and paperwork on the bedside table need to go.

Look at the sheets, the pillows, the blankets, the doona – are they clean? Pillows and bedding should be drycleaned yearly – really!! Or go crazy and treat yourself to new ones in the sales – you spend 7 hours a day in that bed.

Look at the lights, the lamps, the overhead fan, the corners –cobwebs and dust?

Go to it – clean, cobweb, remove and organise – even if that means buying some matching storage boxes


Lash out on bunch of sweet smelling flowers or a beautiful plant in a pot.

Add a few of your favourite things – your favourite artwork, a cool lamp, a candle.

Make it calm, clean and friendly and dive in for a good nights sleep….




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