Sorry, but those olds books you’ve already read have got to go from bedroom
We get it: Sometimes it’s hard to let go. But we promise if you follow our lead and remove these items from your bedroom (or toss some of ’em in the trash for good!) it’ll lead to a cleaner and more relaxing space. Hello, more restful sleep.
PILLOWS THAT DON’T BOUNCE BACK.
The ultimate test to find out if you should replace your pillow? Fold it in half and if it doesn’t spring back into shape it’s probably past it’s prime. If that’s the case, toss yours and buy a new one — trust us, it’ll help you sleep better.
BOOKS YOU’VE ALREADY READ.
Sure, sometimes hardbacks serve as excellent conversation starters, but your bedroom isn’t a place where guests usually hang out. So you might as well hand off the nighttime reads you’ve already finished to a friend so they can enjoy them, too.
YOUR OLD MAKEUP.
Scientists from the London Metropolitan University tested products that were past their prime and found traces of harmful bacteria in four out of five — which is just another reason to make sure you toss yours once they expire.
YOUR OLD TECHNOLOGY.
Like your cell phone from 10 years ago, your outdated laptop, an alarm clock that doesn’t work — you name it. If you’re not currently using it, all it’s doing is adding clutter to your bedroom (which you know is not good for your stress).
YOUR SNUGGLY PETS.
In this case, just gently close the door in front of your four-legged friend. Why? Well, one study found that 30% of participants who slept with a pet woke up because of them, 63% had poor sleep quality and 5% said they had trouble falling back asleep.
STACKS OF UNREAD MAGAZINES.
We know, we know: You’re holding them for when you have a free weekend to catch up. But chances are that probably won’t happen before a new shipment of the latest issue hits your mailbox.
YOUR CELL PHONE.
Let us count the reasons these should be banned from the bedroom: First off, it’s dirtier than a toilet seat. But reading on this device also makes it harder to fall asleep at night, leads to less-rested sleep and it exposes you to radiation. Yikes.