5 Reasons Why Cleaning Your Bedroom Is Important

Man wearing red sweatshirt wiping down bedroom ceiling fan with a rag.

Not all of the reasons are related to sleep, but improved sleep is one big reason

Wouldn’t it be great if living rooms, kitchens, and bedrooms straightened out themselves?

Rooms never do that outside of the old Bewitched TV show or other ones with characters that are witches.

That’s kind of what people are going for when they buy Roombas and hire cleaning services. They feel like they’ve got other things to attend to.

A Roomba robotic vacuum.

Is there a good reason to take some time out of your day to straighten out your bedroom? To make your bed? To vacuum? To pick up clothes, papers, books, and whatnot from your floor and put it away where it belongs?

An even more compelling question is even if you have a choice, why should you do it for yourself?

1. Cleaning your bedroom allows you to take stock of your possessions

You might find stuff you didn’t even know you had! If you haven’t used it in a year, consider getting rid of it. How many pairs of shoes do you really need? How many half-used bottles of body lotion? And that stack of t-shirts in the corner—are they really all necessary? Taking the time to properly clean and organize your bedroom can help you get rid of the things you don’t need, prioritize the things you do, remind you of things you’ve forgotten about, and finally get your room looking spick and span!

2. Taking stock of your possessions can save you time and money…

A six-cube storage organizer (available on Amazon).

If you know where something is, you don’t have to buy it again when you need it. This is one of the best ways to save money—unless of course you have a really bad memory and can never remember where you put something. Then you’re constantly stuck buying it over and over again.

Cleaning your bedroom allows you to be intentional with your possessions. Being intentional ends up saving you both the time you’d spend looking for something you’re missing and money. You won’t have to look around for things you need. Further, you’re able to buy things on sale and then use them.

3. If you have to get up in the middle of the night in the dark, cleaning means you’re less likely to step on things you don’t want to step on…and trip!

Some things are painful, like Legos and small plastic parts; other things are soft and can entangle your feet. Whatever they are, you don’t want to step on them in the dark.

You also don’t want to trip and fall. They’re the second-leading cause of death in the home.

It’s so easy to trip in the middle of the night when you’re walking in the dark, especially if you haven’t cleaned your room. Save yourself the pain of falling by cleaning and keeping a path clean and making tripping less likely.

4. You can breathe more easily in a clean room…

…And that leads to better sleep

You can breathe more easily in a clean bedroom when you’re sleeping. When you clean, you get rid of dust and allergens.

5. You can get a handle on any infestations

It stands to reason that you’d be less likely to wonder, What the heck bit me when I was sleeping? When you clean, you’ll see evidence of any insect infestation.

Plus, if you’ve had the flu or some other kind of sickness, you’ll be getting rid of germs which is like getting rid of a little, unseen infestation.

The difference between a cluttered and disorganized bedroom and a neat and tidy one is like night and day. A clean bedroom can help you relax and get a good night’s sleep, while a messy one can make you toss and turn. Plus, with a clean bedroom, you can finally put away all that clutter that’s been collecting dust and invading your space. No more feeling like your bedroom is a disorganized disaster zone—with a clean bedroom, you can finally rest easy.

For further reading:

12 tips to get a clutter-free bedroom

Clean and organize? Yes. Worry about feng shui? Not so much…

Are you the problem or is it your bed?

When you’re cleaning, open the windows and let the sunshine in!

13 things experts wouldn’t keep in their bedroom

Freshen the air!

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James Cobb, RN, MSN, is an emergency department nurse and the founder of the Dream Recovery System. His goal is to provide his readers with simple, actionable ways to improve their health and maximize their quality of life. 


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