16 Clever Organization Ideas to Quickly Declutter Your Bedroom
Utilize Wall Space
Bedrooms are often the designated storage area for oddly shaped items, like hats, purses, and bags, that might not fit neatly on shelves. When not stored properly, these accessories can easily be forgotten and go unused. To better evaluate and store what you have, consider hanging a series of hooks on a wall for storage that doubles as decor.
Declutter Bedroom Surfaces
Decluttering isn't just about clearing out your closet and drawers. Visual decluttering of bedroom surfaces out in the open (such as shelves and tabletops) and is just as important in creating a serene, restful space. That means paring down items on display and finding better storage solutions for those pieces that tend to contribute to clutter, like keys, wallets, and jewelry.
Take Advantage of Ceiling Space
Out-of-the-way areas can often provide unexpected storage space to help declutter the bedroom. The square feet near the ceiling in a closet, for example, can offer good spots to institute smart decluttering strategies. Use clear bins to stash too-big kids clothes or off-season items, and use labels so you can quickly identify what's inside.
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Clear Out Your Dressers
Bedroom closets tend to get lots of decluttering love and attention, but dressers can quickly become mazes of mismatched socks, worn-out T-shirts, and more. At least once a season, empty everything out of your dresser and clean the inside with a dust cloth. Then divide storage space by function or type (all socks in one drawer, for example). Use organization strategies inside each drawer to further sort items, like adding a narrow bin to corral all your work socks and another for athletic socks. Another great tip to gain storage space and stay organized: Roll your T-shirts so you can quickly see the one you need without rummaging around.
Open Up Floor Space
Bulky furniture can contribute to a cluttered feeling in the bedroom. For a more open look, clear off the floors and swap furniture pieces for vertical storage solutions. Instead of a bedside table or nightstand, consider mounting floating shelves next to the bed.
Pick Pretty Containers
Corral loose items in space-savvy fashion by stashing them in pretty containers. Choose small lidded bins in various sizes and place them on top of dressers or grooming spaces in the bedroom. They'll declutter and decorate surfaces while keeping your personal items contained.
Pick a Multiuse Nightstand
Bedrooms tend to be short on square footage, which means including pieces that fit and function well can be a challenge. To make decluttering your bedroom easier, choose a nightstand that serves multiple purposes. Look for a midsize dresser with good surface space for nighttime needs, as well as lots of drawers for storing clothing and other bedside essentials.
Clear Out a Bedroom Work Space
If you pay bills, work on craft projects, or do any other work in the bedroom, consider creating a designated work station to keep everything you need organized. Add a desk to one corner or outfit a closet as a mini home office. Then pick pretty containers for storing out-in-the-open items such as pens, pencils, and scissors, and use closed containers or bins for paperwork and files.
Purge Your Jewelry
Jewelry storage can easily become a jumbled mess if you're not careful. To declutter your collection, consider tossing or donating anything you haven't worn in the past year (unless it has particular sentimental value). Take any damaged but fixable pieces to a jeweler to be repaired. Then use a strategy—such as stand-up necklace storage or bracelet holders with multiple prongs—to organize the remaining items and prevent them from becoming tangled or lost.
Stash Seasonal Extras Under the Bed
Off-season gear, like flip-flops or winter coats, shouldn't take up valuable shelf or storage space when they're not needed. Instead, keep those items handy but out of the way with under-bed storage. Look for trundle-style beds with under-bed drawers for stashing (and decluttering) sweaters, shoes, coats, and more. For a platform bed, use matching baskets or decorative containers that are pretty enough to be on display.
Scout Out Square Footage
When you look at something in your bedroom every day (like the closet), it's hard to see spots that might be wasted or need a good decluttering. For a fresh perspective, try this trick: Take some photos of your bedroom closet from different angles (far away and up close) and take a close look. Identify where clutter congregates and which corners or wall surfaces aren't being used to their fullest potential. The back of a door is one spot to consider for adding storage. This spot works well for organizing immediate wardrobe needs, like the next day's ensemble, or daily-use bedroom items, such as makeup or jewelry.
DIY Under-Bed Storage
For extra under-bed organization, consider repurposing unused or thrifted furniture pieces. We transformed an old set of dresser drawers into a clever storage solution. Watch this video to see how it's done.
Try a Wardrobe Wall
When a full walk-in closet remodel isn't an option, consider adding a wardrobe wall to your bedroom. You can either build out a wall to include an opening or install moveable pieces that offer plenty of storage and organization. To save square feet, consider closing the wardrobe wall with a curtain instead of doors.
Use Uniform Baskets
Stowing odds and ends (like extra blankets or out-of-season shoes) in storage baskets can quickly help you declutter your bedroom. Choose ones in the same material and shape for a cohesive look, then add labels to designate homes for every item. This strategy helps reduce visual clutter, which makes for more calming bedroom decor.
Use Drawer Dividers
Small items, such as makeup brushes, lotions, notebooks, and pens, often need a spot close by your bed or in your get-ready bedroom area. But lots of little objects can equal lots of bedroom clutter. To keep the chaos at bay, use small containers or drawer dividers inside your nightstand or dresser. Clear out the contents at least twice per year, getting rid of anything that's expired (like makeup) or appears in multiples.
Clothing is a huge source of clutter in a bedroom, and emotional attachments to certain pieces can make purging your closet a difficult task. As a good rule of thumb, it's probably time to donate anything you haven't worn in at least a year. For clothing that's worn, ill-fitting, or needs repair, take it to a tailor or get rid of it as well. If you're in doubt on what to keep or toss, ask a friend or family member to serve as clothing judge for a second opinion.