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Taming the Mess: 5 Tips for Organizing Your Bedroom

Your bedroom should act as a place of peace and calm, but that can’t happen if it’s a mess. Follow these important tips for organizing your bedroom.

Your bedroom should be a haven for you, an escape from the tension and stressors of the outside world. With the coronavirus pandemic, however, we’ve all been spending a lot more time in our bedrooms now than we did in the past. That said, it’s important to keep your room that place of repose and comfortability—keeping it clean is an important step to ultimate comfort. For some key tips on organizing your bedroom and getting rid of mess, take a look below!

Control Your Closet

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One of the messiest places of most people’s bedrooms is the closet. When you were a kid and cleaning your room, there’s a high chance that you used to just throw all of the mess in the closet and close the door. You can’t—or at least, you shouldn’t—do that anymore as an adult. Instead, your closet should act as the most organized area of your room. Give yourself more space by switching out seasonal clothes and limiting how much you let yourself purchase. The more time you devote to keeping the closet clean, the better for the overall organization of the bedroom.

Utilize Other Storage Options

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Your closet isn’t the only place that you can store things in your room. In fact, it shouldn’t really store much more than what you wear on your body. You can utilize other areas of the room as storage spaces, especially if your closets aren’t that big. One great tip for organizing your bedroom is to use is the space underneath your bed for storage. Clean out anything that you may have lost under there, and then use bins to maintain order. Vertical shelving is another wonderful choice to house personal items, rather than letting them litter the floor or the closet.

Organize One Area Before Moving On

When it comes to the actual cleaning and organizing of the room, try to focus on one furniture piece before moving on to another. For example, if you’re working on organizing your bookcase, finish cleaning and organizing the entire bookcase before moving on to the desk. If you try to tackle everything at once, you’ll lose sight of your goal to turn your room into an organizational haven.

Use and Maintain Your Hamper

Piles of clothes are a surefire route to sleeping in a stressful room. A messy room can often mean a messy mind, and you can start combatting that by taking care of the clothes. Use a hamper so you can hide your dirty clothes after wearing them, rather than tossing them on the floor. It’s a good idea to get a hamper with a lid on it, so that you know when it’s time to do laundry (i.e. when the lid no longer goes on). Similarly, make sure that you’re putting the clean clothes away right after washing—clean clothing piles are just as disorganized as dirty!

Declutter as Often as Possible

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A room often seems disorganized because the clutter is at its maximum. Do your best to declutter as often as possible. We tend to take things to our room when we don’t know where to put them in the rest of the house. If you can’t find meaning or purpose for an item, it’s time to get rid of it—not to stick it on a desk. Do your best to try to keep flat surfaces clear, and that will help you feel as though the room is more organized.


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Karen LeBlanc

Karen LeBlanc is a travel host and writer with a popular travel show, The Design Tourist, and a companion lifestyle blog. As a widely published travel journalist and content creator, Karen is a member of the North American Travel Journalists Association. She also serves as the Design and Travel editor of the national lifestyle magazine, LaPalme. Karen believes that every destination has a story to tell through its local art, architecture, culture, and craft. This immersive creative exploration begins with authentic accommodations where the narrative of place unfolds through art, accessories, accouterments, furnishings, fixtures, and food. 

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