How to Organize A Clutter-Free Small Bedroom

Smaller space makes organizing easier

a neatly organized small bedroom

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It's hard to get a good night's sleep in a crowded, cluttered bedroom. You'll sleep better when you’re not worried about folding all that laundry in the corner, and it’s easier to wake up when you don’t trip over the junk on your bedroom floor. When it comes to small room organization, the space constraints may make it that much harder to keep it tidy—but that just means you need to get a little more creative in keeping your bedroom clutter-free. Here's how to organize a small bedroom and create the serene space you need to recharge.

1. Think Like a Minimalist

Much of what’s sold as necessary bedroom furniture isn’t really needed. A bench at the foot of the bed, a vanity table, and a large armoire might look nice in a magazine, but in the average home, all that furniture would make it impossible to walk.

All you really need in your bedroom besides the bed is space for the items you need beside you while you’re sleeping (water, tissues, etc.), and somewhere to store your clothes. You do not need a desk, a vanity, or an extra dresser. Even better, you can use nightstands with large, deep drawers to give yourself some extra storage space in lieu of adding a second dresser or vanity.

2. Clear Your Nightstand

In a bedroom with little furniture, it’s easy to wind up piling everything onto your nightstand. To avoid that, buy a nightstand with drawers––at least two is best. Limit this space to just two or three items—maybe a lamp, a box of tissues, and a small dish to hold earrings and a watch. Consider mounting your bedside lamps on the wall next to your bed to free up even more space.

a minimalist nightstand
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3. Use the Space Under Your Bed

If your bed allows for storage space underneath, this is a great place to keep shoes or off-season clothes. Just make sure to keep the space under your bed neat and clear of dust. Items to consider storing under your bed include luggage, clothing, gift wrap, toys, linens, and books. Consider purchasing wide, flat plastic boxes where you can keep items clean and sorted.

utilizing under the bed space
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4. Declutter Often

So you’ve cleared all the unnecessary furniture and stuff out of your bedroom. That’s excellent. But the organizing isn’t over. The smaller the room, the faster it’s going to become messy, even if you don’t have all that much stuff to begin with. Go through your room each week to remove unneeded receipts, packaging, food containers, or other items that may accumulate.

decluttering odds and ends
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5. Get Creative With Storage Space

In a room with few obvious storage options, sometimes you can take advantage of vertical space to create your own storage solutions. Though it's not a good idea to fill a small bedroom with lots of shelves and boxes if you don’t absolutely have to, it’s helpful to know some tricks for how to maximize space in a small room.

using vertical space in a closet for storage
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6. Keep Shoes in Their Place

You don’t have to store shoes in your bedroom just because the rest of your clothing is there. In fact, if you have more storage space elsewhere in your apartment, it’s often better to use that instead. But if you want to keep shoes in your room, there are a variety of ways to store footwear neatly. Consider buying a shoe bag that can be hung on the back of your closet door, or placing shoes in a plastic box under the bed.

Storing shoes under the bed in a bin
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