Sleep Series, Tip 4: The Art of Organizing and Tidying Up inspired by Spark Joy

Does your bedroom “spark joy”?

One of my favorite books I have read this past year is Marie Kondo’s The life changing magic of tidying up.  A dear friend, who was fighting cancer, recommended the book as she found that the exercise of tidying every aspect of her home to be very therapeutic.  I am happy to report that my friend is now cancer-free.

For this sleep well series, we will focus on applying Ms. Kondo’s ideas to the bedroom.  To get started, keep in mind two main principles: (1) Don’t think of tidying up as a daily activity - turn it into a special event and just get it done in one fell swoop (2) Only keep items, that when you touch them …  they spark joy within you.

Take everything out of your closet and drawers and put it into one big pile and go through everything one item at a time. Ask yourself if a particular item sparks joy or not, use your heart and intuition to guide you. I love the idea of getting rid of clutter once and for all. The universe does not like a vacuum. When we get rid of things that no longer give us joy we make room for better things to come into our life. Take a look around your bedroom. Will this help you go to bed with a more relaxed body and calm mind when it is time to turn out the lights? 

Once you rid your bedroom of items that no longer spark your joy, you may wish to revist what you want on your bed for the most joyful next-to-skin comfort.  In your closet, keep the clothes that you feel your best in at the office, at the gym, or relaxing at home.

“In essence, tidying ought to be the act of restoring balance among people, their possessions, and the house they live in.”

- Marie Kondo

Here’s to a well-balanced day and restful night every night. 


Debra is a professional writer and creator of the award-winning blog, The Warm Milk Journal - inspiring people to live their dreams by day and sleep restfully at night.

When not working, you may find Debra expanding her mindfulness practice at her local Bikram yoga studio or taking a walk along the beach dreaming up her next adventure.  Debra makes her home in sunny Atlantic Beach, Florida with her husband John, daughter Aimee, and two cats Patches and Mew.