Some Feng Shui Reasons Why You Should Not Store Things Under Your Bed!

Readers have been asking feng shui questions about storing things under their beds for quite some time now.  When I work with clients I can specifically pinpoint what is happening with the storage under their beds and how it is affecting them, though I can safely state that in general its a bad idea to use the space under your mattress as “extra storage space”.   I thought I would explain a little about what it means in my feng shui terms to sleep atop your stored stuff, and I will let you make the decision as to what to do! 

 We are electrical and energetic beings.  When a heart is out of rhythm, an electronic pacemaker is used to get it back on track.  When we drag our feet on carpet we can actually shock people with the static electricity what w can conduct.  That said, as energetic beings, we need to have a rejuvenating rest that involves lots of circulation flowing around us as we sleep. If you have your mattress directly on the floor, you miss a sense of total circulation. 

What is worse is if you have your bed raised on a frame and you have other material goods stashed under that bed.  Often, people use this space as seasonal storage.  That means while it is summer you are sleeping atop the winter season, etc, etc.  Storing old items  under your bed is like sleeping on memories.  Storing your music collection or books under bed is like sleeping on that information, always active even in its resting state.

While we might think that we don’t care or won’t really notice, when you clear that space and properly appoint your bed as a space for renewal, the difference is immediately noticeable.  So, you may think things are fine this way….but they can be so much more than “fine”… Plus, think of how un-sexy it is to have your bed rest atop your old clothes, having sex on that foundation?

Have I convinced you yet to clear out the space under your bed?!  xoxo Dana

(image via Apartment Therapy)  


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Dee August 3, 2012 at 7:12 am

Thanks so much as always!!!

Selina August 3, 2012 at 4:45 pm

Ok. So now what? Should I remove the clothes underneath and have two empty drawers? Im so confused. We spent so much money on that bed, eek! It makes me want to put it to good use, you know? But I totally understand all the great points you’ve made. Its makes total sense to me. So I’m thinking I should just remove my husbands clothes from underneath and just have those drawers empty?! Please help. I love your blog and have followed you in every avenue possible 🙂 I think your stuff is great and I’m so thankful to have found it through Kim Anami as I follow her blog too 🙂 I’d appreciate any advice! Thank you Dana!

danaclaudat August 6, 2012 at 6:51 pm

Yes you can keep the drawers empty! I am so glad you are learning & applying stuff you’ve learned. Don;t flip out about this bed; this is not a great big deal. You can ask Kim what she thinks are the approprately sexythings you may be able to stash underneath in small quantities 😉 xx Dana

Emilija January 20, 2013 at 7:22 am

What about toys and some books and drawings in the drawer under my daughter bed? I know we should remove them, but how bed was it..two keep them all this years( she’s eighteen now)?

danaclaudat January 21, 2013 at 6:51 pm

there must be a better place for them at this point, no?!

Carol Ann February 5, 2013 at 12:31 am

Still having a difficult time convincing my b/f and we’re planning on getting a new bed in the very near future! What should I do?!

danaclaudat February 5, 2013 at 7:35 am

If its not terribly affecting life for either of you, I say chalk this one up to “a work in progress” and let it go. Ultimately, it will work out 🙂 xoxo

Jaquie April 1, 2013 at 3:11 am

Is it bad to have a carpet under the bed?

danaclaudat April 1, 2013 at 4:18 am


Barbara January 5, 2014 at 9:21 am

What’s about having purely another bed cover, a quilt, a few pillow cases and quilt covers, all washed and being regularly used in the drawers?

danaclaudat January 6, 2014 at 1:59 am

If there’s absolutely no other place in the universe for them, well, fine. Reluctantly. But if you have poor sleep, or problems in whatever area of the bagua your bedroom is in, find a storage place elsewhere 🙂 xoxo

Dani February 1, 2014 at 2:31 pm

We just got a new MALM bed from Ikea with storage drawers.
If I just keep the extra pillows and a decorative throw blanket in there at night so that they don’t just hang around on the floor (like they do now) would that be okay? Also, I suppose things like clean spare sheets and clean pj’s could be fine too, right?

Looking forward to hearing your advice.

Best regards,


danaclaudat February 2, 2014 at 1:44 pm

Its definately not the best best best, as ideally you should have energy circulating around you as you sleep. I would say that if it doesn’t affect your sleep or your rekationship then its totally OK in your situation….!

Barbara September 3, 2014 at 1:30 am

Have no choice for temporary living in which we have a bed on the floor with no bed frame. Is there anything I can do to counter bad feng shui?

danaclaudat September 3, 2014 at 8:53 pm

nightstands, an organized space, no clutter, clean often, nice bedding 🙂 !!!

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