A cluttered, untidy space isn’t the most peaceful environment to be, and nowhere is this more important than in the bedroom, a space intended for rest and relaxation. Clutter not only lacks visual appeal, but it also tends to make life more stressful, especially if you tend to lose things frequently.
The level of bedroom clutter you have can depend on the volume of items you have versus the amount of available space: deciding whether you need to do a complete declutter of your belongings is one task, but if you’re looking to find ways to organize your existing items, you’ve come to the right place.
While in smaller spaces vertical storage is always a good idea (like a free-standing shelving unit from Kasala), you can also use multipurpose furniture such as an ottoman bed to store items such as bed-linen and blankets.
Don’t forget to account for any nooks, crannies and alcoves you might have forgotten about: by introducing shelves or closet doors, these can be used to add additional storage space. Even picture rails can be turned into shelving for lightweight items by installing shelving.
The main purpose of keeping things organized isn’t just so you have a tidy home; it’s so that everything in it also has its own place to live. One of the key issues with bedrooms is that they can attract a lot of “non-bedroom” items, leaving you with a confusing mess to deal with.
If you already have a lot of items, sort them into two piles, keeping the bedroom only items and moving non-bedroom items to wherever they need to go. You can then tidy up on a smaller scale each night before you go to bed by removing any non-bedroom items from the room using a large basket or bag, and redistributing everything back to the relevant rooms.
Clothing tends to take up the most space in bedrooms, so if there are items you no longer wear, consider selling or donating them. For seasonal items, try packing these in storage bags until you need them again. If you tend to forget what you have, it’s worth making an audit of what you own before packing items away for next season.
Additions to existing storage (such as drawer organizers and shoe racks) can help to keep things organized; it’s also a good idea to try and store things vertically, rather than in piles. For larger items such as shirts and dresses, try sorting by color and size for easy access, leaving a little “wiggle room” inside the closet to avoid overcrowding and mustiness.
Curated items are a purposefully-chosen selection of objects you might want on display, such as books or ornaments, while the clutter is a disorderly mess of shapes and colors. Even labels on bottles and jars can contribute to visual clutter, adding a sense of disharmony to an otherwise peaceful bedroom.
For display items, keep to a color palette in harmony with the overall decor of your room and choose your most aesthetically-pleasing objects to show off, storing the rest in labeled boxes or baskets, or alternatively, inside closets and drawers. It’s also a good idea to decant your toiletries into pretty labeled bottles, especially those you use often.