In the previous post in this bedroom series, I talked about simplifying your room so that it serves its purpose as a place for rest and rejuvenation, and not an extension of your home or work life. Once you’ve got everything out of your bedroom that doesn’t belong, what should you be left with?
Ideally, the answer is nothing more than your bed, bedside stands, maybe a chair and some soft light source. If you can, avoid clunky bedside tables. Connie Cox and Chris Evatt in 30 Days to a Simpler Life advise us to consider small wall-mounted night-stands. They don’t take up much space and they’re easy to vacuum under. If you have to have a dresser because storage space is a concern, choose one that’s not too ornate or distracting and make sure it can shut completely keeping its contents out of view.
Under-bed storage is a debatable proposition since some claim it will block chi. I say, do whatever feels right to you. I for one don’t think that having some containers under my bed as I sleep will affect me one bit. But if you’re going to worry about the possibility, maybe the extra storage is not worth the stress. That said, if you do opt to use the space under your bed for storage, avoid using it for storing things you’ll need frequently. Don’t put your art supplies or shoes down there because you’ll be crouching down every other day. Instead, store your out-of-season wardrobe and other such seasonal items.
Superman had his Fortress of Solitude (which, as I remember from the movies, was a modernist and sparsely decorated affair) where he went to, in the words of George Costanza, “sort of get away from it all.” It’s not so hard for you to have your own.