How to Organize A Clutter-Free Small Bedroom

8 Steps to Organizing a Clutter-Free Bedroom When You're Short on Space

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You probably know why it’s nice to have an organized bedroom: it’s easier to sleep 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.

There's really nothing worse than trying to get a good night's sleep in a crowded, cluttered bedroom. And if you have small bedroom, the space constraints may make it that much harder to keep it calm and serene.

But that’s OK. That just means you need to get a little more creative in keeping a small bedroom clutter-free.

In fact, organizing a small bedroom is really not hard at all, in fact, a smaller space makes decision making a little bit easier.  It just requires thinking slightly differently about what to keep in your bedroom, and how to store it.

1. Think Like a Minimalist

Much of what’s sold as necessary bedroom furniture isn’t really necessary. A bench at the foot of the bed and 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.

What do you really need in a bedroom? A place to sleep, space for the items you need beside you while you’re sleeping (water, tissues, etc.) and somewhere to store your clothes. And that’s about it. You do not need a desk, or a vanity or an extra dresser. In fact, you could do a two-for-one swap and use two small dressers as your night tables rather than two small night tables and one big dresser.

As always think about what you actually need in your bedroom, not what is expected. And besides, those foot-of-the-bed benches often end up as just a place to throw the clothing you don’t feel like hanging up after a long day.

2. Clear your nightstand.

In a bedroom with little furniture, it’s tempting to pile everything onto your nightstand.

To avoid that (it’s a recipe for losing earrings), buy a nightstand with drawers. It’s tempting to buy something that’s beautiful but that has very little storage space. Resist the urge and buy something with at least two drawers. 

This way, you can keep the top of your nightstand clean and clear. Limit this space to 2-3 items. Maybe a lamp, a box of tissues and a small dish to hold earrings and a watch.

Tip: Consider mounting your bedside lamps on the wall next to your bed to free up even more space.

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. Don’t just shove items under there when you want to get them out of the way quickly. Items to consider storing under your bed include: luggage, out-of-season clothing, giftwrap, toys, linens and books.

4. Create a calming environment.

Even if your bedroom is just one corner of a studio apartment, try to keep it free of clutter. A messy tiny room can feel like a cage, but an organized tiny room feels cozy, which is conducive to relaxation and sleep.

Thinking about making a room calm can also help if you tend to associate organizing and cleaning with unpleasant chores.

5. 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. For easy ways to keep up the process and keep your room looking neat, here are some tips on how to declutter the bedroom in 30 minutes a week. And here are six more ways to cut clutter in the bedroom.

6. Look beyond the bedroom for ideas.

Tips for organizing and decorating other small spaces are often transferable to small bedrooms, so look out for those. For example, even if your bedroom is all grown up and sophisticated, dorm room organizing ideas can have some useful hints.

7. 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 I do not advise filling 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.

For some good ones, check out these ways to create storage space.

8. 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 - or have to - keep shoes in your room, there are a variety of ways to store footwear neatly. Start by reading about how to organize shoes and how to organize boots.