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Why is it so easy for your bedroom to accumulate clutter? A place meant to be a peaceful space for sleep often ends up the most cluttered and neglected spaces in our homes.
I guess it starts off innocent enough. Company is coming over, so we slip a few items into the bedroom where the guests will never see them. Then, we run out of room on our desk, so we pile up a few papers on the nightstand. We get behind on laundry and the clothes (clean or dirty) pile up on the floors and surfaces. Pretty soon, a massive amount of stuff has accumulated in a space that’s supposed to be peaceful.
And then, we get stuck. We want a bedroom that we can actually sleep in. But we don’t know where to even begin. There is just so. much. stuff. it’s overwhelming. You can tame the clutter beast and take back the space that is truly supposed yours with a few simple steps, though.
5 Steps to a Clutter Free Bedroom
1. Ditch the Paper Clutter
I don’t know why I find the need to drag every piece of paper, magazine, newspaper and book into our bedroom, but I do. And then, it never leaves. It’s like the paper monster glued them to the nightstand and didn’t let go. I’ll go looking for a particular magazine or paperwork and while I know it’s lost in the ever-growing pile of papers in the bedroom, I cannot find it.
To me, paper is the absolute first thing to tackle when it comes to decluttering your bedroom. It usually accumulates quickly and is the easiest to get rid of.
- Tackle every piece of paper, magazine, newspaper, and book.
- Keep one piece of reading material in your bedroom. Whether it’s a magazine or a book.
- To tackle the rest of that reading material, follow these guidelines:
- Is it a work of fiction? Have you read it? Donate it.
- Is it a magazine? Have you read it? Tear out pieces you find inspiring and put them in a binder. Recycle the rest.
- Is it a book you know you will refer back to (like a non-fiction, how to book)? Make a pile. Find the space to put them, if everything you want to keep fits, fine. If it doesn’t go back through and prioritize those books again.
- Is it a work of fiction? Have you not finished it? Do you plan to? If you are going to finish it, put it away until you’re ready to read it. If you won’t, donate it.
- Is it a magazine that you haven’t finished? Set it out to finish, or place it with the books you plan to keep and finish it soon.
- Shred and recycle any personally identifying paperwork you don’t need. And while we’re on that topic…
- Don’t keep bills and paperwork in your bedroom! These items will just pile up and distract you from that peaceful space you’re supposed to be creating. Keep those things stored in your office space or even better….
- Consider going paperless. So much less paper clutter.
2. Declutter Your Bedside Tables
Our bedside tables have drawers, which is great for keeping glasses, a reading light, or lip balm in. Not so great because the drawers tend to accumulate random garbage. Like… greeting cards from 5 years ago. How did that even get in there?? Anyhow, go ahead and clean all of that excess off of and out of your bedside tables.
If you have drawers, plan on keeping glasses, a reading light (or flashlight in case the power goes out), lip balm, or other small items you may need access to at night. On top of the night stand? A lamp, a piece of decor you love, and a book. Don’t add 500 things to this space, it’ll just overwhelm you, pile up higher, and get you nowhere. You don’t need all that clutter lying right next to you when you’re trying to relax and sleep….
3. Declutter Your Closet
Decluttering your closet space can be overwhelming. And I go into detail on how to organize your closet here. Closets tend to accumulate well, a little bit of everything. We keep clothes with intentions of someday. Abandoned craft projects from 4 years ago (wait, is that just me?). And then, we don’t know what to do with it all. You feel like if you donate the clothes (or even sell them), you’re throwing money away. You might wear it someday. But, ask yourself:
- Well I really wear this?
- Have I worn this in the past 6 months?
- Do I like the way it looks on me?
- Does it even fit me?
- Is it my style?
If you answered no to any of those questions, let. it. go. Don’t keep it around for someday. Let someone else enjoy it and love it. You’re not throwing money away, you’re blessing someone else with something you will never use. You’re opening up space in your closet for the clothes you do love so you can actually find them and wear them. That other stuff is just taking up valuable space that can be better used for something else (or just stay space).
4. Declutter Your Dresser
Socks, underwear, pajamas… whatever you have shoved in your dresser (no judgements here). You need to go through all of it. You don’t need to make this overwhelming, take it one step at a time and get it done. Go through one drawer at a time.
- Empty out the entire drawer onto your bed or the floor, wherever you have room to dump it.
- Go through each item.
- Does it fit?
- Does it have holes in it? Or is it otherwise torn up?
- Is it comfortable?
- Does it flatter my shape?
- Do I wear it?
- If you answered no to any of the above, toss it out.
- Make sure, as you’re putting everything back in the drawer, that it all fits. If it doesn’t, reprioritize, toss more and make sure you have plenty of space.
- For the surface of your dresser, only a couple of decor items, perhaps a candle, a tray for often worn jewelry (like watches) and loose change, and an alarm clock is all it needs, if that.
5. Declutter Your Bed Linens
You may have bed linens in your closet or dresser, that’s fine. Mine are mostly in a hope chest at the foot of our bed that desperately needs refinished. But anywho… buy quality, first and foremost. Nobody wants to sleep on sandpaper. No one wants linens that fall apart after 2 washings. And you should be washing your sheets weekly.
Go through and make sure that the linens you have actually fit your bed. We changed from a queen to a king recently so all of the queen sheets had to go and be replaced with king sized linens.
Make sure that the linens you have don’t have holes in them, are intact and not frayed, and that you have room for them. Dedicate a space to this! Whether it’s a chest at the end of your bed, a space in your closet, or a dresser drawer. When you run out of space in the allotted area, it’s time to let some of it go!
How to Keep Your Bedroom Clutter Free
Spend a Few Minutes Every Day Picking Up
Just a few minutes, putting away books and magazines. Making sure the laundry is put away and the dirty clothes are in the hamper. Make sure your surfaces don’t begin accumulating things. Pick up items that have been laid down and put them in their rightful place. This takes just mere moments of your time as long as you do it every single day.
Make Your Bed Every Day
It makes the space look neat and tidy even if it isn’t. So, don’t skip this. Make sure you’re not overdoing the linens and pillows, though. Just a few simple touches to completely make your bed in the mornings. None of this 50 million throw pillows and blankets. Just what you need and something to spruce up the space is more than enough. You’ll be so glad when you go to lay down in the evening and your bed isn’t full of unkempt blankets that don’t put you in the mood for rest at all.
Don’t Store Things Under Your Bed
Unless you have built in drawers under your bed, leave that space alone. And if you do, make sure those drawers are well organized. We built a bed that doesn’t afford access to underneath it and I’m glad because that space doesn’t need to be cluttered up with garbage. If you find the need to hide it under there, you probably don’t need it.
Don’t Let Laundry Pile Up
Add a hamper to your bedroom and put the dirty clothes in it. Make sure you’re putting away the clean clothes as soon as you can. Not letting them pile up in the basket and grabbing as you need them.
Keep Technology Out
Don’t keep a TV in your bedroom. Or your phone, tablet, or computer. Technology is a form of clutter all its own and you don’t need these things in your bedroom. If you need an alarm, get an alarm clock. Keep the TV in your living space. Charge your phone or tablet at a charging center in your living space, kitchen, or office, and keep the computer in the office where it belongs.
How do you keep your bedroom neat and clutter free? Share with me in the comments!
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