Okay, so I read one of the earlier post about the individual whose light switch controlled a receptor/outlet plug, and how the switch was not working even though all of the outlet receptors were "on". Toggling on or off had no effect. That is my exact problem for my bedroom.
So today, I bought a new switch to try to tackle it. I turned the breaker switch for the house to off, and opened the switch plate. It looked like the pictures below.
I read the earlier response, and hooked the sole red wire to the top screw, and one of the black wires (there were three) to the bottom screw. The three ground wires were already hooked together apart from the switch, which I believe to be consistent with the initial answer. The three white wires were also tied together apart from the switch.
After turning the power to the house back on, the power to three of the five outlets in my bedroom stopped working. No impact to toggling on or off on my new switch. I tried to connect one more black wire to the other black wire screw position (I wanted to get all three, but it wouldn't fit).
So I tried to connect it back to the original position, using the old switch just to see if I was doing something wrong. Now, four of the five switches won't work, and I can't tell for my life if it had anything to do with my actions.
Any help would be appreciated.