Our bedrooms can get pretty messy and disorganized, and cleaning up after ourselves is something all of us often struggle with. Even when you’re constantly cleaning up after yourselves, things can sometimes hardly seem tidy, which is when you know it isn’t an issue with how often you clean the room, but rather how you organize it.
One of the biggest organizational mistakes people make is trying to fit too many things into a too-small space and thinking that they can make up for it by organizing them.
One of the first steps on any bedroom organization project needs to be sorting through your belongings and giving away anything that you don’t need or haven’t used in a long time.
After you’re finished with that, here are some things you should do.
Furniture that Doubles as Storage
You can buy a bed with built-in storage drawers in the frame, or you can raise your bed and put some boxes under it.
This might also be a chance for you to replace an old mattress with a new one, since using a mattress for too long really isn’t good for your health. You can visit Health.com to find out more about that, but let’s move on to the rest of the advice.
There are also stand-up mirrors that open up to reveal a small closet for all your jewellery and knickknacks. If you want to save space, you can store most of your stuff in there and do away with your dressing table entirely.
If you save space in your home with multipurpose furniture like a bed that doubles as a couch, you can save space for a lot of extra storage that can help.
Optimize Wall Storage
Not all storage has to take up precious floor space in your home, and if you can’t seem to find any space for your books and other boxes of valuables in the room, install floating shelves for them.
Shelves about one foot below the ceiling can hold things like boxes of old toys and all your stuffed animals or books, and the lower ones can be used to store all manner of important things.
You can even get a hanging laundry basket for your dirty laundry and racks where you can hang things like stray bracelets and your jacket that you’re quite not ready to put in the laundry basket yet.
Make sure not to fill the walls with too many shelves, as this can make even the largest rooms look smaller than it actually is.
Have a Place for Everything
Inside your closet and your drawers, make sure there’s a place for everything. Your dresses, shoes, clothes, and even jewelry should have someplace to go.
If you have trouble keeping things organized, buy baskets and other things that will help you keep things in place. Dividers and other storage equipment can be a huge help.
It will also help if you don’t keep all your clothes in the closet at all times – clear your closet out seasonally and keep things like jackets and the warmer stuff in the back of the closet (or in a different storeroom altogether) when they’re not in use.
At the end of every season, sort through everything and only keep items that you’ll use in the coming time, and give everything else away.
Use Space Saving Storage Tools
Space-saving tools like multipurpose furniture have already been discussed, but it’s time to talk about hangers that can help you organize shoes by letting you take them out of the cabinet and tools that allow you to do the same for your handbags or belts and coats.
Tools like this will save you tons of space because now you can hang about 5 scarves in the same hanging space that would only accommodate one, and your handbags are all stored safely and nicely in a way that they couldn’t have been before.
This is the same philosophy that a lot of people use when organizing the kitchen, and it’s more than normal there to use dividers in a drawer to keep all the spoons and forks separated, as well as to accommodate lids and Tupperware covers in the cabinets when not in use – there’s no reason not to use them in the bedroom too!
Put Away What You Don’t Need
This involves things like books you don’t read often, clothes you only wear at weddings and formal events, shoes that are too open to wearing in the winters, and anything that you’re not going to need on a regular basis.
None of it has to occupy storage space inside your room, and it can either sit at the back of a closet or be accommodated in a box under the bed – or in the attic or a storage room somewhere else in the house.