How to declutter your bedroom
Bedrooms aren’t areas often seen by people outside the family, so it’s easy for them to get in a bit of a muddle. You know that no-one else will see it apart from you. So why bother to declutter your bedroom? All those piles of laundry, paperwork and general clutter can weigh on your mind. No-one wants to see that as they’re preparing to sleep.
( Want to know why you should declutter? Read How Will Decluttering Help Me? for more.)
The bedroom should be a calming place . It should help you rest better if it is a tidy space, and helps you clear your mind and prepare for sleep.
Let’s look at what will help you declutter that bedroom.
The easiest thing to do first is make the bed. This gives you a surface on which to spread things out and sort through. Grab some binbags and aim to sort into 4 piles- keep; trash; give to charity; or sell ( read my selling on eBay page here). Before you start doing anything else, have a surface purge- chuck out all obvious trash first so it’s easier to see what’s left.
2) Keep to the essentials
What really needs to be in the bedroom? The bed, obviously….but if you’re like most of us, lots of random stuff migrates to the bedroom and never leaves. Remember you’re trying to make this a relaxing space, so concentrate on getting it as clutter free as possible. That generally means a chest of drawers, a wardrobe and some bedside tables ( if you have the room). You can make these areas work harder by extending the storage within them or under them ( I’ll talk about this further on).
3) Sort by area
Break the bedroom up into zones. You’ll want to sort out
-under the bed
-shelves and drawers
-tops of dressers
Sound like your bedroom? Remember- you don’t have to sort the room out all in one go. Decluttering can feel overwhelming when you start. If you find that’s happening to you, STOP and come back tomorrow. You’re trying to make your home feel a more pleasant place to be- it’s supposed to be a pleasant experience!
Ready to start?
4) Sort under the bed
They have wheels for ease of use, or if you’re looking to change the bed anyway, invest in a storage divan/ottoman bed-
Remember you only want to keep items you need to keep, but these storage ideas mean that you can keep them neat and tidy.
5) Work through that wardrobe
Look at all the clothes you have and instantly get rid of anything worn, stained or that hasn’t been worn for over a year. ( Need to work out what hasn’t been worn for ages? A tip for the future is to reverse all your hangers and then over the coming months you’ll see which clothes haven’t moved.)
Then categorise what you have left. Collect all your skirts together, then trousers and so on. If you need more storage in your wardrobe or closet then there’s some nifty products on the market to help.
If you need more hanging space, these collapsible hangers work well-
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Need some more space for T-shirts and jumpers/sweaters? This hanging organiser is ideal and takes up very little space-
If you have any bulky jumpers or coats/scarves that you need to store, squash them down using these vacuum bags so they don’t take up so much space-
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6) Check out those drawers
Again you’ll need to go through these and chuck out any obvious stuff that’s past its sell-by date, like socks with holes in, greying underwear and so on.
Use the space wisely in these, as trying to find stuff in a rush that’s rarely worn and has migrated to the back of the drawer is a pain. You could try drawer dividers- these ones are great as they’re cute and ready made-
If you want to have more control over what size the compartments are, then try these-
7) Don’t overaccessorise
Resist the urge to overaccessorise. I know, design magazines have wonderfully placed throw pillows all over the bed and chiffon scarves everywhere, but it’s the design team that make it look that way! In real life we know they all end up on the floor every night, and then it’s an extra job to pick then up in the morning. Your brain will see all these little extras as clutter and the point you’re trying to get to is to make your room feel restful. Don’t get rid of clutter just to replace it with different clutter.
8) Maintain your room
Great, so you’ve got your room looking how you want it. To keep it that way, you’re going to have to keep on top of it, so put clothes away when you’ve done the laundry, make sure dirty ones go straight into the basket and those ” not clean but not dirty’ ones? Hang them on the back of a door or put them on a chair, but don’t get carried away and start leaving everything on there- your goal is that everything has a home and should go back there when you’re done with it.
I hope these tips have helped you declutter your bedroom and get it the way you want it. If you’ve any other tips, let us know in the comments below!