How to Organize a Bedroom
The pain of getting organized is a necessary evil that most people don’t like. If you’re one of the many, who struggle to keep things where they go, or even find a place for them at all, read on. These bedroom organization tips will save you time (and your sanity)!
1. Minimize and Declutter
First things first: get rid of everything you don’t need. If there’s too much stuff in your room, it will be impossible to organize your space, especially if you have a random assortment of things that you never use taking up all of your storage room.
An easy way to begin your downsizing is to make three piles: keep, donate, and throw away.
- Keep: Only put something in the keep pile if it’s still in good condition and you use it at least four times a year. If you never take it out of storage or if you’ve been meaning to refurbish it for months, it probably shouldn’t make the cut.
- Donate: For items that are still in good condition, but just don’t have a place in your life anymore, donate them to a local Salvation Army or a similar organization. If they don’t have a need for it, try selling items online or at a local flea market.
- Throw Away: Obviously, if something isn’t in good condition anymore, or is no longer valuable then it’s time to part ways.
When you need to minimize your wardrobe, rehang everything with the hanger hooking the rod from the inside of the closet (backward) so that you can see the bare rod. Continue to hang clothes the right way after that. Check back seasonally to see which items are still hanging backward. These are clothes that you don’t wear frequently and can probably do without.
2. Store Your Items Properly
Using boxes, baskets, closet shelves, and other organizational tools to declutter makes a world of difference when you’re trying to put things away. To create more room for storage, vacuum seal bags are incredibly helpful – especially for storing out-of-season clothes.
Use labels on your storage containers so you can search for your items by category. For example, your guest room closet might contain all of your holiday decorations. Categorize them in separate containers by holiday or season. Here are some common bedroom categories for you to get ideas from:
- Kids Room: games, out of season clothes, arts-and-crafts, school supplies, specific toy categories
- Guestroom: holiday decor, seasonal decor, stationery, office supplies, spare bedding, gift wrap
- Master Bedroom: toiletries, hats, scarves, belts, ties, make-up, jewelry, keepsakes
3. Assign a Theme to Your Room
Organizing is much easier when you have a basic theme for your room. The theme can include what it’s used for, the color scheme, and the layout. When you have everything put away in boxes and labeled, you can figure out where you want the boxes to go. Keeping the size of the space in mind, arrange furniture in a way that’s functional for the theme of the room.
Decide which furniture pieces will double as storage, and which pieces will only be used for decor. If something does not work with the color scheme of your space, consider putting it in a different area of the house or getting rid of it. Pulling your room together by style helps create a feeling of adhesion and makes it easier to keep things together.
Once everything is organized, it’s important to keep up with it. The worst (and most common) issue with upkeep is that many people wait until it’s a disaster again. Then, you have to do the entire deep clean again. Instead, keep an organized calendar and split your chores into daily, weekly, monthly, and seasonal tasks. This will ensure that you’re staying on top of clutter and nipping it in the bud before it starts.
Everyday tasks should be simple, like tidying for twenty minutes every morning or before bed. Weekly chores work well as a rotating chore list. Assign a specific room or a chore to do in each room for every day of the week. Dusting, sweeping, and cleaning furniture are good, weekly chores.
Monthly and seasonal to-dos are obviously not done as frequently – these are areas with less traffic. These categories should include re-organizing anything that doesn’t make sense, going through clothes, and fixing or replacing anything that isn’t right for the room anymore.
By tracking your upkeep on an organizational calendar, storing your items by category, and designating certain spaces to different functions, it’s easy to maintain an organized home. The key is only to keep things that you use frequently and stash your belongings in a way that makes sense to your lifestyle.