The bedroom is our personal oasis at home. This is where we find rest and relaxation after a gruelling day at work or a stressful time at school.
We also spend some time here doing things we love like reading a book, watching Netflix, answering to our assignments, surfing the net, and even doing some home exercises. But can we successfully do all things if our room is a jungle of mess? Absolutely not! Here are some things to understand about bedroom clutter and how to maintain proper storage.
Know the essentials
Clutter builds up when you keep on gathering things you may not need at all. Evaluate your bedroom, determine its size and ask yourself what the most important things are that you have to store in there. Prioritise your needs and requirements before everything else. Place in there your wardrobes, some personal effects, bed, and a few furniture. And the rest? Analyse if you need them on a day-to-day basis and whether they will really help prepare you for a full day ahead or a restful sleep at night.
You don’t have to place all your books in the bedroom, just the ones you are currently reading. Your bedroom is not also a gallery of family pictures so display only the memorable ones. Nor it is a library of photo albums so place them at more appropriate and accessible areas in the house.
Your bedroom is also definitely not the storage place for worn-out clothes, past Halloween costumes or Christmas decorations, your toolsets, and other trinkets you may find handy in the future. You have your study room, guest room, or storeroom where you can stow away the clutter. Know what the essentials are and only these should be found in your bedroom.
Check your wardrobes
Open your wardrobe and analyse what’s in them. Do you really need so many things? We all have that mentality that we need more space so that we can have more storage. But then once we have that big space we want, we yearn for something bigger because we already fill it and things do not fit in it. Shift the paradigm and think less. De-clutter your wardrobe and try to eliminate most stuff you don’t really need.
If clothes do not fit anymore, it’s time for them to go. Likewise, if they are out of season, outdated, or you simply do not wear them anymore. Be wise when shopping for clothes. Do not buy something just because you got excited about it or because it’s the fad. Do not even entertain the “just in case” or “probably in the future” idea or you find yourself a heap of unused clothes. Never accumulate clothes that you will never be using. Letting go of some things may be difficult, but once you do it, you will feel lighter and freer.
One way of having cohesiveness inside your wardrobe is having all your clothes at eye level. In this way, you can easily pull out the things you will be wearing. If you need to hang them, just hang every possible stuff.
As for the smaller items of clothing like underwear, socks, and handkerchiefs, separate them inside your drawers. To avoid mixing them up into a jumbled mess, you can add honeycomb-style organizers, mini-racks and small boxes.
Clean up the tables
Other possible sources of clutter in the bedroom are the bedside and dressing tables. Normally, we just throw in our used clothes, bag, papers and other items on them once we go inside our room. Avoid such habit and allocate a special corner in your room for these things.
Make your bedside table as spick and span as possible. Minimal items can be displayed on it like a beautifully framed photo or a paperback. See to it that your bedside table has at least one drawer. You have essential articles like lip balm, ointment, hair bands, etc. that you want at arms-reach so a drawer will be a perfect location for them.
Similarly, keep the working surface of your dressing table clean at all times. Your grooming needs like your lipsticks, makeup, and other beautifying paraphernalia can be safely tacked away in the drawers.
You can also try to repurpose your small dresser as a nightstand. The drawers can be added storage where you can put in extra sheets, off-season clothes, accessories, and more.
Check the laundry baskets and place trash bins strategically
Are your laundry baskets teeming to the brim? In a clutter-free standpoint, laundry baskets are eyesores so keep them out of sight as much as you can. You can place it inside your wardrobe if there’s enough space, assuming that your used clothes are not that smelly. If not, find a good corner where you can easily dump in your clothes.
Similarly, place a small trash can near your nightstand or bedside table to keep tissues, receipts, price tags, and small litters. You can also put hooks on the back of your closet door where you can hang clothes to be worn again or some last-minute outfit changes which you don’t want to toss on your bed or chair.
In the end, we can only achieve a peaceful rest and relaxing time in our bedroom when it is free from the stress caused by clutter and messy junks.