Your bedroom is supposed to be the most serene place in your home. That means calm, clean, and organized. Who wants to unwind in a disaster zone, right?
But, life is busy. You spend a couple of hours cleaning and organizing on Saturday, and you’re feeling good. But let things slide for a few days, and pretty soon your room is cluttered and messy again.
So what are your choices? You can live with the mess and try not to let it stress you out (might be easier said than done.) You can hire a cleaner to come every other day, but I’m thinking you have other plans for your money.
Discover a better way: arm yourself with these bedroom organization hacks to keep your bedroom calm instead of cluttered and forget about hiring someone.
1. Kick Clutter and Establish Daily Habits
Like so many things, bedroom organization comes down to daily habits. The little things you do every day have a cumulative effect.
The first thing to tackle is clutter. By that, I mean the stuff in your room that doesn’t belong. If you have a clutter problem, it’s time to Marie Kondo your space by discarding anything you don’t use or doesn’t bring you joy. You want to spark joy, not squelch it.
With the extras out of the way, you need anti-clutter and pro-organization habits to keep your room in tip-top shape.
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While you set out to organize and declutter your space, maximize your time by listening to audiobooks on Audible.
- Marie Kondo’s The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up is the instant classic on decluttering your life to spark joy.
- James Clear’s Atomic Habits is a great resource for the link between habit formation and identity.
- Dan Charnas’ Work Clean: The Life-Changing Power of Mise-en-Place to Organize Your Life, Work, and Mind, which will help you focus on preparation, arranging, and cleaning as you go.
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- Related: DIY Drawer Organization Hack
2. Make Your Bed Every Morning, No Exceptions
There’s nothing restful about a tangled mess! A made bed is a calm, inviting scene at the end of your day. Make your bed to help your mind enter sleep more easily.
What’s more, making your bed helps you kick other bad habits, too (the way you do one thing is the way you do everything). Mastering this simple daily habit will help you embrace the identity of an organized person. It’ll give you momentum to tackle other good habits.
- Related: 7 Habits of Highly Productive People
3. Under Bed Storage for the Win
Take quick stock of any clutter that survived the initial Marie Kondo cull. I bet most of it is stuff you can’t justify throwing out, but don’t need at arm’s reach all the time. You need a storage place that’s out of sight but still accessible. Under the bed is the perfect solution!
To make this work, you need a bed that’s high enough off the ground to accommodate a storage tote, and of course the tote itself.
I have this Zinus platform bed and rave about the quality to anyone who will listen. It’s super sturdy and the tufted headboard makes it look way more high-end than its price suggests. Don’t believe me? Check the 8,600+ reviews.
There’s enough room underneath for a short storage tote. I prefer a shorter tote with a larger base because when you open it, you can see what you need right away — no digging through piles of stuff. These bad boys are the perfect size and they come with wheels for easy access.
If you want to store bulky items, you might prefer a higher bed and a taller tote. Either way, the strategy is the same.
4. A Place for Everything, and Everything in its Place
People just drop stuff down on dressers, beds, and chairs when there’s no designated space for those items. Then they accumulate and become clutter. If you give everything a place, you know exactly where to put it, and you don’t put it anywhere else.
Here are some helpful tips:
- Assign each dresser drawer to a specific clothing category (i.e., socks/underwear, shirts, pants). Believe it or not, some people stuff clothes into drawers randomly. If that’s you, I’m not judging, but it’s time to get it together.
- Install discreet hooks above your dresser to hang jewelry when you take it off. This works well for chains and bracelets.
- If you read before bed, store your current book on a shelf near your bed — don’t drop it on the floor. This simple and uber-cheap bedside caddy is a great space-saving option.
- If you charge your phone in your room, have a place to store the charger so it’s not lying around. Again, the bedside caddy is your friend.
- Have a laundry hamper for worn clothes, and empty it regularly. A hanging laundry bag on a sturdy hook is great for saving floor space.
5. Do a Quick Tidy Before You Leave
To ensure your room is always on point, do a five-minute tidy before you head out for your day. In addition to making your bed, move any items that are out of place back to their home. Every few days, quickly sweep the floor and wipe down your dresser before heading out. These things only take a few minutes, but if you make them habits, your room never gets disorganized or dirty.
6. Ditch the Impromptu Clothing Rack
I’ve found that anytime I’ve tried an ottoman or chair in my bedroom, it got lots of use — as a clothes rack. It became the place to throw things, and I never used it for its intended purpose. The result? My room looked crowded and messy.
If you want your room to look spacious and organized, ditch the extraneous furniture functioning as a cluttered clothes rack.
Use a Hidden Rack Instead
With the extra furniture out of the way, you still need a place to hang your robe, sweater, or whatever. Instead of taking up valuable floor space, a behind-the-door rack is discrete and convenient.
This Amazon find easily hangs on your bedroom door and features nine large hooks. It’s perfect for tucking clothes out of the way and takes up zero space. With a low price and more than 2,500 reviews, you can’t go wrong.
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7. Install Floating Shelves to Free Up Floor Space
Free space makes a room look open and clean. Whenever you can, preserve your floor space. Opt for floating shelves instead of a traditional shelving unit or bookcase.
These floating shelves are great for books, small plants, or decor. There are two colors to choose from, and you can install the metal brackets above or below the shelf to change up the look.
8. Invest in a Closet Organizer
Let’s be real: Closets can be pretty scary. Your room might look serene and organized at first glance, but what’s crammed in your closet? If you feel stressed or overwhelmed when you crack it open for a peek, it’s a surefire sign you need some help.
A high-quality closet organizer can transform your closet from chaotic to calm (not to mention efficient). The problem with many smaller closets is there isn’t enough shelving. That means anything you can’t hang ends up stuffed on the lone top-shelf or piled on the floor.
This closet organizer includes shelves on both sides of a two-tiered clothes rack, giving you plenty of space to stow non-hanging items.
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Sandra Parsons is a freelance writer specializing in personal finance, travel, and health & psychology. Her work has been featured on sites like Club Thrifty, MoneyTips, and Credit Knocks. She also freelances for Wooster Media Group LLC. Sandra lives in Eastern Canada with her husband and son.