How To: De-clutter A Bedroom
Everything has a place, even if you have to buy some more shelves, or throw it away. As a young adolescent, I have way an overkill of, what other people would refer to as "stuff", in my room. A lot of this "stuff" is childhood memorabilia. Games. Books. Figurines. But a lot of it is also "things I haven't used in more than six months but plan on using in the next three years." Having recently attained more storage spaces for me room, I have a few tips in keeping the clutter to a minimum. Or at the very least, how to hide it well.
Note: this isn't tips on how to decorate your room. It is simply tips on what things you can put where, from personal experience.
Where to Start
The easiest place to start is to throw everything you think is cluttering your bedroom and put it on the bed. Do you want to sleep that night? You'll have to get rid of everything on the bed, and the only way you can do this is by finding a place for it. I have always used this method, and find that sleeping in a de-cluttered bedroom makes for a much more peaceful sleep.
If it wasn't obvious enough, shelves are wonderful space savers. Depending on the depth of the shelf (simply, how far it extends from the wall), wall shelves can save a lot of floor space. Of course there are those that sit on the floor and nearly touch the ceiling, but save those for the office.
Personally, I have a standing shelf which has three levels in which I keep my books, sporting trophies (I'm not sporty, so I don't know how I got those), and little knick-knacks scattered here and there. It's not a tall shelf, and stands the height of my bed headboard (about 1.2m high). Tall shelving units can make the room feel very small, and some people claustrophobic.
You can work the same idea with wall shelves. Get some book-ends, you've got yourself a mini bookshelf.
Drawers. They are for clothes. And nothing but clothes. False!
If you used to be like me, and never completely filled up your drawers with clothes, then keep one free and store papers or documents in it. Store binders, filed receipts (I say filed because you do not want to lose important receipts at the bottom), school or university assignments or notes (there will be at least one point when you want to find something in them), and possibly old books if you don't want to store them on a shelf.
Generally, all bedrooms have cupboard space, or at least in every house I've been into. In my cupboards, I tend to put everything I don't want guests to see, whether it be boxes from small packages in case I need to repackage for a return (in which these boxes are thrown out after a reasonable time), binders and old books (I no longer have the drawer space for these), my shoes, belts, a lava lamp that I need to buy a new bulb for, and other items that I tend to use only once or twice a year.
Really, I've moved the bedroom clutter into the cupboard by the sounds of it, but it is all organized. Shoes go on the floor and on the pre-installed cupboard shelves, belts (and other hung items) hang over a metal rod in the hang space (I don't know the name of it), the boxes are stacked like a game of Tetris in the corner and everything else sits on the top cupboard shelf in the order of which I use items the most to least.
The Last Bits
If you haven't used something in anywhere between six months and a year, get rid of it. Do not keep it. I've been guilty of this and often times have wondered why I still have "stuff." You can take it to a local Lifeline or thrift store to minimise wastage. If you prefer to sell items, look into eBay (if you haven't already) or other similar, local websites. Ask someone else in the house if they want it or if anyone needs it. If not, throw it away. Sell it. You could even use it as a gift (but remember who gave it to you in case it was a present). Just get it out of the bedroom.
Having a clean and clear room can help reduce stress levels, and even helps with getting more peaceful sleep. By the time you have cleared your bedroom, you should feel a lot lighter on a personal level when walking into the room. Take one day, put on some music, de-clutter your bedroom, and by the end of the day or night, whenever you finish, you will feel a lot cosier in your bedroom. It may even feel brand new. Enjoy the peacefulness.
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