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4 Tips to Keeping Your Room Clean

Many of us still have flashbacks to our childhood anytime we hear, "clean your room" but did you know that keeping your bedroom clean can actually help alleviate stress? More than that, a clean room can make you feel more accomplished during the day and make your room easier to navigate. If that's not enough reason to keep your room clean, studies show that people with clean rooms actually get better sleep.

4 Simple Steps to a Clean Bedroom

Below are some simple habits that you can incorporate into your routine that will help you keep your space neat and tidy:

1. Make Your Bed First Thing in the Morning

After a long day of work or school, there's nothing quite like coming home to a freshly made bed. As soon as you wake up, make it your goal to make your bed before you do anything else.

This will not only give you a sense of accomplishment that will continue on throughout the rest of your day, but it will set intentions for you to keep your room clean and not toss dirty laundry or other items on your unmade bed.

2. Change Your Sheets Every 1-2 Weeks

Set reminders on your phone or calendar to change your sheets every week or two — or better yet, make Sundays your day to put some fresh linens on your mattress. This will help ensure that you're sleeping in a clean bed and will also dramatically minimize the accumulation of dead skin cells and dust mites.

Reminding yourself to put fresh sheets on your bed will also help you keep up with your new bed-making habits.

3. Block Off Time Each Week to Clean

Just as you set reminders to put fresh sheets on your bed every week or two, it's also a good idea to remind yourself to clean your house or apartment. If you set aside a half hour to an hour each week to clean, you'll be shocked at the difference you'll feel in your home.

If you can't set aside that much time per week, try using a few minutes a day to do one task — whether it be wiping down the kitchen counters or dusting off some of your furniture. Small, simple tasks have a big impact over time.

Clean as you go and you'll never feel like you have to spend hours getting your space as clean as you want it. Remember — our goal here is to set habits that you can incorporate into everyday life.

4. Clean up (and Check) Your Mattress

While most of us forget about our mattress (it is covered most of the time), it is one of the most used pieces of furniture in your bedroom — and over time dust mites, dead skin cells and sweat can build up in your mattress. Not only this, but years of nightly use will eventually break down the foams and support of your bed, leaving you waking up with unneeded aches and pains.

Every few months, remove all of the sheets and mattress protector from your bed to inspect your mattress. You want to look for visible signs of wear and tear (sagging and lumps). This is also a great time to quickly clean your bed to keep it fresh.

If your bed is over 8 years old, or you just aren't getting a great night sleep, it could be time to upgrade your mattress. To find your perfect mattress shop online at MattressFirm.com or visit a store near you.

No matter what cleaning habits you decide to implement into your daily life, make it your goal to stick to them for at least a few weeks. Not only will you feel better in your clean space, but you may even be more relaxed and sleeping better, too. What's not to love about that?

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