Bedrooms are often the messiest rooms in the house. They tend to be the place we put things when we’re not really sure where they belong – and that’s not the best recipe for having a tidy room.
Fortunately, we’ve devised a way to declutter and organize your bedroom that should take less than a single afternoon. Less fortunately, it will involve a bit of planning – but the sooner you start, the sooner you can move on to more enjoyable things.
1. Find out what you’re working with.
First of all, make an inventory of every storage unit in the room — start from left to right or far wall to door, it really doesn’t matter how you do it. This could include the wardrobe, any chests of drawers, under the bed, the bookshelves, and any large boxes or other containers you have at hand.
(For the purposes of this exercise, the floor does not count as a storage unit.)
2. Empty absolutely everything.
Take everything that’s currently in these units out. Empty your wardrobe. Empty your drawers. Evict the spiders from under the bed and move everything that’s in there out. Pile it all up in the middle of the room.
(This is the hardest part of the process. But trust us, it’ll make things a lot easier down the line.)
3. Organize bedroom belongings by type.
How you organize your belongings will depend on what you have to store them. We recommend doing it by type: Clothes go in one pile, books in another, records and CDs in another, and so on. Once you’ve done this, you’ll have a solid idea of how much space everything you own is likely to take up in the bedroom, and thus a better idea of where it should all be stored.
Make a separate pile for any objects that are particularly large or bulky. The “oversize” category should be put back in place first – build the organization of the rest of the room around them.
Next, make another special pile for anything you know you won’t have room for. Then split it into the things that you need to move out of the bedroom, and the things you actually need to throw out. Yes, we know: parting with your Barry Manilow collection will be tough. But ultimately, it’s the right thing to do.
If you’re feeling particularly charitable, you can elect to put some of your refuse into a donate/sell pile. This way, Barry can find a new home, and you may even be able to make a little extra pocket money selling these unwanted items on OLX, eBay, Facebook Marketplace, or other similar websites.
4. Designate each pile to a particular storage area.
Bookshelves? Those are where the books live. Wardrobe? Clothes. And so on down the line. Once you know where everything’s going to go…
5. Put everything back where it’s supposed to be.
Once you’ve done that, you’ll be the proud owner of a tidy, organized bedroom, and you can store yourself safely in the bed.