How to Recover Your Bedroom from Clutter

We spend roughly one-third of our day in our bedrooms, most of it sleeping.  Little wonder it can be difficult to keep a bedroom tidy and clutter-free.  Following these easy-to-remember steps will help you keep things in order—maybe even get a good night’s sleep.
1. Make your bed first thing in the morning. It makes the room look tidier and will motivate you to keep it that way.
2. Keep a laundry basket handy for dirty laundry to avoid creating piles of clothes on the floor.
3. Add hooks to your closets for belts, scarves, and accessories to keep them organized and prevent them from being misplaced.  You should also consider attaching a tie or shoe rack inside your closet doors.
4. Arrange your dresser so you have one drawer for underwear and one for socks or stockings. Consider sorting through your dresser drawers every two months to discard items that have holes or mismatched socks.
5. Place your purses on a shelf, or hang them on a coat rack.  This will free up large-messy-bedroomsspace and allow you to easily access and change purses for any event or season.
6. Sort your clothing seasonally.  Place all clothing items that are not in season in plastic containers, and place them in a storage closet or in the bottom of your clothes closet.
7. At the beginning of each season, hang all of your clothing hangers backwards.  After you wear and wash an item, return it to your closet and set the hanger straight.  At the end of the season, anything that is still hung backwards should be donated since you didn’t wear it for six months.
8. Can’t accommodate a large jewellery box?  There are attractive, multi-compartment containers available that allow you to arrange your necklaces, rings, earrings, and bracelets.
9. Get your shoes off the floor and onto a shoe rack, on shelves, or even in a shoe bag.
10. Don’t have a separate linen closet and space is an issue?  Fold and place extra linen under the mattress.

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Colette is a Gold Leaf member of the Professional Organizers in Canada (POC). Through the Canadian Redesign Association (CRDA) she has received the designation of Certified Interior Redesigner. She is also a member of the U.S. professional organizing associations National Association of Professional Organizers (NAPO) where she has the Golden Circle distinction and is a member of Intsitute of Challenging Disorganization (ICD) where she is the first in Canada to receive her Certified Professional Organizer –CD (Chronic Disorganization) ®, ADD and CD specialist Certificates. Among her many distinctions she has also earned Level I certificates of study in Chronic disorganization (CD), Basic Mental Health Conditions, Learning Styles and Modalities, Basic ADD Issues, Physical Conditions, Client Administration and Understanding the Needs of Elderly.

Posted on March 18, 2014, in Home and tagged , , , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 2 Comments.

  1. Helen Melbourne

    Great advice except for one thing: the newest information on bed-making from the health professionals is to leave the bed unmade with the top covers pulled down – as the air kills dust mites, and dries the bedding so that mould spores will not develop. Make it before company comes or when it has a number of hours to air out.

    I also have two storage suggestions for you. One is to use a pantry closet with extra shelves cut for storing shoes and bags, and in the morning leave the doors open for the same reason as the bed. The second is something I use and am very pleased with. I took the rail of an unsafe crib I turned it vertically, and repurposed it for a scarf, belt and small bag rack in an unused small space behind the bedroom door. I used 2 well-anchored drapery rod holders to balance it from the top rail. It is invisible when the door is open, and I can move it out slightly from the wall to add or remove items easily. I have used the other parts of the crib for other organizing solutions.

    Helen Melbourne, Green Owl Organizing and Downsizing Services.

    • Helen,
      these are great comments. Yes I have been leaving my bedding to air out for awhile now. Oddly, I have found not making my bed right away a bit of a hard habit to break. All those years as a kid trying to remember to do this. It’s hard to believe it’s hard to stop. It’s great when we get new research to apply to our lives and thanks for sharing this and your other tips.
      With gratitude , Colette

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