Our bedrooms should be a relaxing room in the house where we can find comfort & restful sleep after a busy (or quiet) day. Personally, I recommend no toys, or limited toys, in the kid’s bedrooms & avoid stressful work being done in there too.
Below I’ll share how I decluttered my bedrooms & work at keeping them this way.
But firstly, a quick recap on how to declutter.
How to declutter
Decluttering as you’ve heard me mention before is all about deciding what to keep, throw away or donate. It sounds like such a simple process, however, many get overwhelmed when having to make such decisions.
My best advice is to create 3 piles (you can use recyclable plastic bags or boxes) & label them – keep, rubbish & donate. Doing this will streamline the decluttering process & help you understand what kinds of things you use & what you don’t use (an important part of living organised when it comes to shopping habits too).
- Keep – items that you use often or will have an immediate use for
- Rubbish – items that are broken or in poor condition
- Donate – items you do not use, in good to new condition
If you find you’re still stuck when it comes to placing items in the keep or donate piles because you’re worried you may need them at some stage look at it this way:
If you haven’t used a particular item in 6 months, have no immediate plans to & can afford a new one if a use becomes apparent in the future, then it may be best to decide to donate it.
All other items that you do use, especially the daily items, should be easily accessible.
Beds don’t need to be decluttered exactly but it’s important to get into the habit of making your bed each morning as well as the children’s beds (if they’re too young to make them themselves) & baby cots/bassinets.
By doing so you’ll really see the mood of the room brighten up because of the clutter-free, visual bliss it gives you.
Dressers & side tables
Dressers & side tables can easily attract clutter on the surface, such as clothing, technology & paperwork, & also odd items in the drawers if you don’t have a system of what goes where.
- Consider what kind of dresser/side table you want to wake up to each morning, as they’re most likely the first thing you’ll see
- For each surface & each drawer, sort each item using the decluttering system.
- Once you’ve finished decluttering, give the surfaces & drawers a thorough clean, & any mirrors.
- Re-organise your surfaces & drawers into both functional & purposeful spaces for those who use them
- Ask: what items are handy to have on/in the side tables? E.g. tissues, night skin care creams, alarm clocks, soy candles
- Ask: what items are handy to have in/on a dresser? E.g. everyday toiletries, favourite books, photo frames (not necessarily with photos of people in them)
Ideally our closets should only contain items we love to wear from our pyjamas to our evening clothes!
Over-stuffed closets make clothing choices harder & wastes time in the morning or when you get last minute invites.
- Consider what kind of closet you want to have – compartmentalised, colour-coded or practical for example.
- For each closet area sort every item using the decluttering system
- Once you’ve finished decluttering, give the closet a thorough clean along with any mirrors.
- Re-organise your closet into both functional & purposeful spaces for those who use them
- Ask: will you separate formal wear from work or everyday wear?
- Ask: will you store scarves, hijabs or other items on hangers or in drawers?
- Consider selecting your clothes a few days ahead so you have time to get them ready.
- Practice the shopping habits explained in my decluttering course
Floors can get cluttered too, especially in corners where you may store things piled up until you’re “ready” to deal with them.
- Declutter the floor as per the decluttering system.
- Once you’ve finished decluttering, give the floor a thorough clean.
- Re-organise the floors so that only must-have items remain
- If you need to store an item on the floor, first see if you can find another home for it as this will make cleaning the floors a lot easier.
Maintaining an organised bedroom creates such visual bliss throughout the day, from the time you wake up to the time you sleep.
To help maintain the bedrooms:
- I decided to dedicate every Tuesday to the bedrooms only
How to maintain clutter-free bedrooms
Maintaining your newly decluttered bedrooms is a great way to avoid having to go through the process all over again.
You can do this by:
- Placing items back neatly & where they belong
- Shopping wisely by buying what you need/what you’ll use
- Avoiding shop sales or attractive price tags
- Dedicating time regularly to go through your bedrooms to see if there’s anything you no longer need
Once you’ve decluttered your bedrooms & understand how to maintain a clutter-free space you can:
- Invest in durable & functional storage systems
- Move on to other areas within your home
Hope you found this helpful in getting your bedrooms under control & clutter-free.