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It’s hard to turn a bedroom into a serene sanctuary that reflects your personal style when it’s cluttered, but sometimes it’s also hard to know where to start.

To help you, here are 10 things you may have in your bedroom that you could part with in order to transform your boudoir…

  1. Clothes you don’t wear. Marie Kondo suggests starting a home declutter with the clothes. Besides formal wear, if you haven’t worn an item of clothing in the last 12 months, you probably never will. Set it aside for donation and create a little more wriggle room in your wardrobe.
  2. Expired or tired cosmetics.
  3. Old novels or magazines. If you love reading, you may have a growing collection of books or magazines stored in your bedroom. Give it a trim by donating the books you have read to your local library and passing on magazines you haven’t even looked at in months.
  4. Ornaments you feel obliged to keep. Just because someone you love gave you an ornament, or you inherited it, doesn’t mean you have to keep it. Get rid of dust collecting ornaments that don’t reflect your personal style and fit in with your idea of a dream bedroom.
  5. Bed linen you don’t like or old pieces that look tired.
  6. Gadgets you don’t use. If you have gadgets and gizmos stored in your room that you no longer use, sell them and put the cash towards something new you’d love to add to your bedroom.
  7. An TV you no longer use. If you’ve made the switch from watching TV in bed to streaming movies online through your laptop or iPad, that old TV is just taking up space and gathering dust.
  8. A work desk. There is no place in a sleep sanctuary for anything that screams ‘work’. Move your home office out of the bedroom and you’ll probably sleep better.
  9. Anything that is broken. Whether it’s a torn top or a handbag with a broken strap, if it’s been broken for more than six months, you probably are not going to fix it, so get rid of it.
  10. Abandoned hobby projects. Whether you took up painting, knitting or sewing, storing unfinished projects of any kind can make you feel like you failed at something. Liberate yourself and your bedroom by letting incomplete projects go, reminding yourself that you were brave to try it and that the experience was exactly what you needed at the time, regardless of the end product.

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