Your bedroom is your sanctuary. It’s where you keep your most precious belongings and refuel for every new day. Does it surprise you to learn that it is also where you tend to let clutter pile up the most? Or that bedroom clutter can affect how well you sleep? Have no fear! I’m going to teach you how to declutter and organize your bedroom.
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Declutter Your Closet
Remove everything from your closet shelves, rods, hooks, and floor. Create four piles: Love, Like, Toss, Donate.
Examine your clothing and shoes for holes, stains, damage, and tears. If it’s beyond repair, add it to the Toss pile.
Items in good condition that you no longer wear, that no longer fit, or that you no longer want, go into the Donate pile.
Anything that you wear regularly or need for work (uniforms) goes into the Love pile. The rest of your clothing and shoes will probably end up in the Like pile.
Return your Love pile to the closet. Re-sort your Like pile into Keep or Donate based on how much room remains in your closet.
Maximize your closet space by rotating your clothing and shoes based on seasons. Keep off-season items in a lidded tote, stored under your bed, or hanging in a spare closet. Since I’m in Ohio, our swimwear (suits, towels, sunscreen, hats, etc.) live in a Rubbermaid tote in the basement. We hang our winter coats in moving boxes during the summer and keep them in the basement, too.
Organize Your Dresser
Clear off the top of your dresser and remove everything from the drawers. Follow the four pile system mentioned above to sort through your clothing. Stash your dresser-clutter in a “catch-all” space inside one of your drawers.
Before you return anything, assign a category to each drawer. While not a dresser, we have built-in drawers in our bedroom. I have three divided into undergarments (underwear, bras, socks); warm weather house clothes (t-shirts, tanks, shorts); and cold weather house clothes (long-sleeved tops, flannels, and sweats). This works for me because anything I wear in public lives in my closet.
Maximize your dresser drawer space by using collapsible drawer dividers. I use and recommend these inexpensive bins by Simple Houseware. They are available in six different colors to match any decor.
Tip: To spice up boring drawers, line them with pretty contact paper.
Clean Your Nightstand
Nightstands take up very little space but are a big source of clutter. Clear off the top of your nightstand and empty any drawers or shelves. Aside from your lamp, only put one or two small items (alarm clock, book, candle, flowers) on top. Assign a category to each drawer or shelf in your nightstand and sort the rest of your items accordingly.
Tip: Add one or more drawer organizers to keep small items from rolling around or falling. You can find them at any dollar store.
Free Up The Chair
Do you have a sitting chair in your bedroom? Is it accessible if you want to read or is it covered by discarded clothes? Consider putting a coat rack or set of hooks up in the corner to keep your chair decluttered. Alternatively, make a promise to yourself that you’ll put anything away that’s on the chair before you go to bed.
In my article Home Organization For Beginners: 5 Simple Rules, I mention the “one out for one in” rule. Nowhere in your home is this more important than in your bedroom. There aren’t many places for a new sweater to live if there isn’t room in your dresser drawer.