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How to Declutter and Organize Your Bedroom

Updated on June 15, 2012

Closet Clutter

Does your closet look like this?
Does your closet look like this? | Source

The Bedroom

The bedroom is supposed to be where we go at the end of the day to relax and unwind. In many cases that is where all the stuff goes that we don't want to deal with at the moment; at least that is true in my case. It then takes forever to make the time to go through it all and get the bedroom organized again.

In order to keep one's sanity, it is best to follow a few steps to making the bedroom as relaxing as possible.

Step One

The first step to decluttering and organizing is to have proper storage space. This is not always possible, especially when the home you live in is less than 1000 square feet.

If there is inadequate storage space, the next best thing is to purchase some clear storage totes. Clear is the better option as it allows you to see what each one contains without having to open all of the lids.

Step Two

The second step (and this is the messy one) is to pick a closet and start going through it. It is most likely going to mean your bed is full of stuff for awhile, so I would suggest starting this project in the morning. Be sure to pick a morning where there isn't much going on during the rest of the day. I know things can unexpectedly come up that need your immediate attention, so allow as much time as possible for the room clean.

Have the totes set out on the floor side by side so you can put items in them as you pull them out of the closet. You may wish to mark them as follows: "seasonal", "give away", "recycle" (for rags, rugs, quitls, etc.) and "other family member's". This way you have a spot for each item of clothing you take out.

When it comes to the other items that end up in the closet, this is where your bed comes in. Pile all of the stray items on your bed or return them to their original owner (namely a child; it's amazing how much stuff ends up in our closets that isn't even ours). I have a huge stuffed dog in my closet that will be going back to my daughter's room within a week or so - yes, my room is in dire need of a cleaning.

Step Three

When you have removed everything from the closet, get a bucket of hot water and vinegar (or commercial cleaner) and wipe down closet rods, shelves and walls. This will make the room smell fresher (at least for a little while) and will give you a clean spot to put items back into.

As you are returning items to the closet question the potential of it; will it ever be used or is it there just to take up space? If there is even the slightest hint it will never be used by you or a family member toss it into the "donate" tote. There is someone out there who is less fortunate than you and would benefit greatly from an extra coat or sweater (or whatever the item happens to be).

Organize the clothing as you put it away; seasonal, work, casual. If you share a closet, separate each person's belongings to make it easier to find what is needed at a glance. In some cases adding an extra closet rod is a good idea, especially if there is adequate headroom.


Step Four

Next it is time to organize the totes and other questionables that have made their way into your bedroom.

If the totes you used are not clear, label them and set them on the floor of the closet. Many closets are large enough so two totes may be stacked on top of each other to free up some floor space.

For those with a large variety of shoes, this is where a good shoe rack comes into play. (In my case a small shoe rack would be more than enough.) Instead of keeping your shoes in the bedroom closet, perhaps put the rack in the entryway closet. It will free up some space in the bedroom and make the shoes easier to access on the way out the door.


Step Five

Continue with the rest of your bedroom; in some cases this is a fairly simple process. In others, not so much.

Invest in a laundry hamper (if you don't already have one) for dirty clothes so they don't end up in a pile on the floor. An extra laundry basket or even a box also works well. Put it in a corner of the bedroom or even inside the closet if you have room (for those of you with walk in closets, I envy you). Also, make sure it gets used! How often does the laundry end up on the floor right next to the hamper?

The same principle applies to all items in your room; does it have a purpose, and will you ever use it again? I understand there are items with sentimental value (I hold on to too much just for this reason alone), but perhaps storing them or adding a display shelf would clear up some space on the dresser.

Another thought on sentimental value items: take a picture of the item, add it to your scrapbook and write about its history. The picture will be enough to keep the memories alive and perhaps the item may be of use to someone else. It's amazing what we tend to keep sometimes.

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Are We Done Yet?

Wipe down all other furniture in your room as you go, as well as the walls, doors and clean the windows. Getting rid of the dust bunnies alone gives one a sense of accomplishment.

When the totes are put away, closets are cleaned and dressers are neat and organized, it is time to sit back and enjoy - but only for a moment. Get your camera and take a picture of the finished room. Whenever your bedroom starts to look cluttered, look at your picture and take the necessary steps to make it look that way again.

If a quick clean is done once a week, there should be no need to have to do a major overhaul every few months. The seasonal items can be switched and dealt with at the appropriate times. As for everything else, keep it neat and organized and you will find yourself wanting to be in your room more; not just for sleeping.


Final Touches

Adding a few final touches can make your bedroom the most relaxing room in the house (as it should be).

For those who like candles, add a wall sconce with some tealights or votives. If you enjoy the fragrance but aren't a candle person, perhaps a decorative holder with reeds and scented oils or an electric melts warmer will be better.

A quilted wallhanging on one wall or scenic painting may also be added. These items are more of a personal preference, and are not right or wrong. Personally, I would stay away from the Dogs Playing Poker picture (you know the one), but someone else may prefer it. (You know who you are.)

The goal is to make your bedroom as relaxing and inviting as possible. Keeping it neat and tidy gives you a place to relax after a long day. With all of the stresses life has to offer, everyone should have somewhere to escape to that is stress-free.

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    • brsmom68 profile imageAUTHOR

      Diane Ziomek 

      6 years ago from Alberta, Canada

      Thank you @lindacee! I have some dusting of my own to do this week; plus that mountain of laundry that never seems to end. :P

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      lindacee 

      6 years ago from Arizona

      I love your helpful suggestions! I try to keep things organized, but sometimes it gets the best of me. As you say, our bedrooms should restful and inviting.

      Now I'm going to take your advice and go in there and dust! That will make me feel better! Voted up, useful and interesting!

    • brsmom68 profile imageAUTHOR

      Diane Ziomek 

      6 years ago from Alberta, Canada

      That happens in your house too? I always think...if I had more space it would be different. I have come to realize it's not the space that is the problem, it is all the stuff I try to fit into it.

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      Eric Cramer 

      6 years ago from Chicagoland

      Great advice! It seems that once we finally get our bedroom clean that piles start yo form again.

    • brsmom68 profile imageAUTHOR

      Diane Ziomek 

      6 years ago from Alberta, Canada

      @RunningDeer - I too have the pack-rat tendencies, and I do need to just learn to let go of things. It does get difficult to let go when they have sentimental value, or when one has been brought up to keep stuff "just in case you need it one day". Thank you for the vote. :)

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      RunningDeer 

      6 years ago from Iowa

      My bedroom in my apartment is tiny. If i even have a couple shirts laying around, my room looks like a pit. These are greats ideas. The only problem is that I'm a pack-rat and have trouble letting go of things, even if I haven't used them for years. Voted up and interesting!

    • brsmom68 profile imageAUTHOR

      Diane Ziomek 

      6 years ago from Alberta, Canada

      Thank you! It is well worth the effort; and that is precisely why I suggested it be started early in the day.

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      Simone Haruko Smith 

      6 years ago from San Francisco

      Fabulous advice! I just cleaned out my closet this weekend, and it was the most freeing experience... though I'll admit that it took up a huge portion of my day! Ah well. It's definitely worth the effort.

    • Riverfish24 profile image

      Riverfish24 

      6 years ago from United States

      Simple, straightforward and easy to do tips-- and sometimes we all need just to be reminded of these. Nice work!

    • brsmom68 profile imageAUTHOR

      Diane Ziomek 

      6 years ago from Alberta, Canada

      I'm glad this Hub was helpful. :) Thank you for reading and taking the time to comment.

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      CassyLu1981 

      6 years ago from Spring Lake, NC

      I am in definate need of doing some decluttering in my bedroom! We just got the closet 1/2 emptied so now I can fill it with Army stuff LOL The bedroom is always the worst for me! Thanks for the tips. They will get put to great use!

    • brsmom68 profile imageAUTHOR

      Diane Ziomek 

      6 years ago from Alberta, Canada

      Thank you all! I think the hardest part is getting started; it can sometimes be overwhelming to look at the clutter not knowing where to start.

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      Dianna Mendez 

      6 years ago

      I am looking at my bedroom and seeing all the things you mentioned here. Got to get to work! Those dust bunnies multiply fast.

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      Christy Birmingham 

      6 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

      Useful tips here for the closet. Sigh, I do think I should do this soon!

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      Melanie Chisnall 

      6 years ago from Cape Town, South Africa

      Fantastic hub with simple to follow ideas! I think I'm going to get stuck into my cupboards this weekend and sort things out. Thanks for sharing this, voted up! :)

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      Joy M 

      6 years ago from Sumner, Washington

      I real need to do this again. My bedroom has gotten entirely out of hand! Thanks for the hub.

    • brsmom68 profile imageAUTHOR

      Diane Ziomek 

      6 years ago from Alberta, Canada

      Thank you all for the comments; as you can see my closet is in need of some tidying. It does have the totes in the bottom; but they seem to become more of a stand for things than a space for things. Our room is small, so we don't have a lot of space to work with. The bed and dressers take up 3/4 of the floor space. That doesn't leave much room for anything else.

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      Leah Lefler 

      6 years ago from Western New York

      I'm in the middle of cleaning and organizing today - I need to put some of these tips into practice! Great advice, brsmom! Our next major project will be the installation of closet organizers - hopefully that will help keep the clutter down!

    • Om Paramapoonya profile image

      Om Paramapoonya 

      6 years ago

      Nice hub, brsmom. Back when my husband and I were still dating and not living together yet, most of his clothes were not even in the closet but on the floor! Now as he lives with me, all his clothes are in the closet where they belong, yet I have to admit our closet is not super neat. I can certainly use your helpful tips and give it a tidier look!

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      meloncauli 

      6 years ago from UK

      This is a good guide and perhaps the kick I needed to do this to my bedroom! I don't like throwing or giving things away and it annoys my husband so much. I have promised I will do a summer clear out and give some stuff to charity this year. You're right. Bedrooms should be a place of total relaxation not clutter. Great hub.

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