Imagine going to sleep every night and waking up each morning in a clean, clutter-free bedroom.
Many will tell you the kitchen is the most important space to keep neat and tidy, but others believe the bedroom is the most important room in your home to keep neat. That's because you do the important task of sleeping in your bedroom and every article you read about people with sleeping problems contains the phrase "peaceful surroundings." Keeping things neat and tidy is the first step in clearing out clutter and organizing this space.
Whether you have a traditional bedroom set up, or if you live in a studio apartment, keeping the area around your bed clutter-free is important. This means keeping your night tables and under bed storage areas neat.
Here are six of the best tricks to maintaining a decluttered home.
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Spend 30 Minutes a Week Decluttering Your Bedroom
The more often you declutter, the less time it will take. Declutter your bedroom step-by-step. A quick sweep of your bedroom requires a recycling bin, a hamper, and a catch-all bin.
- Start at your night tables, removing items that need to be trashed or recycled. Do the same for the tops of your dressers and other surfaces.
- Place any items that are out of place in the catch-all bin. It helps to start at your bed and move outward.
- Place dirty clothes and linens in the hamper and return any clean ones to the closet.
- Tidy the items on your night table and other surfaces.
- Go through the drawers on your nightstand and dressers doing a quick clutter sweep into the recycling bin, hamper, and catch-all bin.
- Go through the catch-all bin to return items to their proper places.
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If you're looking for the biggest clutter culprit in most bedrooms, look no further than the closet. Even if it's often behind closed doors the closet is often teeming with clutter in the form of clothes you no longer wear, and clothes that never quite got back onto the right hanger or into the correct stack on the shelf. A few habits will help this:
- Talk the extra five seconds to hang your clothes up.
- Fold your cloths and put them into the complete stack on your shelves
- Put dirty clothes in the hamper rather than into an in-between pile on the floor.
Spending a little time on front-end maintenance makes decluttering easier and less time-consuming.
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Choose the Right Hamper
Make sure you have a laundry basket in your room. Often, most of bedroom clutter is dirty clothes that never made their way to the bathroom hamper. That doesn't mean it needs to be a hamper; you can choose something that aligns with your bedroom decor, like a beautiful basket or a sleek bin. Then, follow these steps and commit to decluttering regularly to keep your bedroom the peaceful environment it should be.
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Use Trays and Bowls to Contain Clutter
Bedrooms tend to collect a lot of one-off items like watches, earrings, books, and knickknacks. Streamline this look by storing jewelry, glasses, and books in trays and bowls around your bedroom.Continue to 5 of 6 below.
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Maximize Small Closet Space
Decluttering and organizing is crucial in a small closet. You don't have the luxury of putting something on a shelf you're not sure about because there is no extra shelf space. This is a good thing because it forces you to make decisions about clothes right away instead of letting them linger for months. Commit to making decisions about your wardrobe up front. Don't put it off till later, because later often doesn't come.
Use organizers that maximize floor storage as well as back-of-door storage. Look for hangers that can accommodate more than one article of clothing.
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Organize Any Closet
Even if you have a huge walk-in closet, it can easily become cluttered to the point of not being usable. You need to go step-by-step to ensure your closets are well-organized. Organize, declutter, and create more storage space. The closet may be separated out from the rest of your bedroom because even if it's cluttered, it's behind closed door. But you'll know it's there and that's why it's important to keep it neat and tidy.
These universal steps can be applied to any closet and any wardrobe:
- Gather your closet organization supplies, including baskets for trash, recycling, and selling or donating, plus a tape measure.
- Empty all contents of the closet.
- Give the closet a good cleaning and vacuuming.
- Sort your wardrobe items, shoes, and accessories into the appropriate baskets.
- Assess your closet storage solutions and decide if you need to make a change for better organization.
- Organize your items, grouping similar items together. Establish a place for those you wear most often.
- Develop an ongoing plan to keep your closet organized.