More so than any other room in the home, your bedroom should be your sanctuary. This is where you can unwind, get the R&R you need and prepare for a new day. It’s also where you can spend a little quality time with your partner. However, a cluttered, dirty bedroom can do the opposite: it can leave you feeling stressed, interfere with your sleep habits and literally make you sick. But who has the time for all that cleaning? Well, with some clever organization you can keep your bedroom neat and tidy with almost no effort. To get you started, here are 10 bedroom organizing tips that practically do the cleaning for you.
Use an Open-Concept Closet
With a traditional wardrobe, it’s easy to simply toss everything in there and let it gather dust and mould. An open-concept closet, however, allows air to circulate freely, so you won’t have to deal with musty smells. Ikea suggests hanging a curtain in front of it to create a division.
No need to rely on a nightstand: A pegboard headboard allows you to keep small items, such as your alarm clock or cellphone, within easy reach. You can even use it for air-purifying plants. House Beautiful suggests an easy, inexpensive DIY one. You can even opt for wire racks instead of solid shelves so you have fewer surfaces to dust.
Invest in Storage Space for Shoes
Shoes spread all over the floor not only create an untidy first impression but are accidents waiting to happen. Invest in a good shoe rack or storage space for all your shoes: Woman’s Day even suggests using tension rods for a simple, DIY version. Then, of course, you just have to get into the habit of putting your shoes in their new storage spot as soon as you take them off.
Use a Bedside Caddy
A caddy that hangs from or near the side of your bed is a great alternative to a nightstand. You can use it for storing your phone, tablet, magazines, books, glasses and whatever else you need to keep close by. It doesn’t take up any additional space and isn’t a magnet for dust either.
Use a Dresser Instead of a Nightstand
If you like the way a nightstand allows you to keep things close but tend to overload it, House Beautiful suggests replacing it with a small dresser. This gives you sufficient counter space but also extra storage space for everything from hand lotion and books and clothes. Putting things away in the drawers will prevent them from gathering dust, too.
Use Bowls or Boxes as Drop Zones
Small change, keys, jewellery and other small items can quickly add clutter to the top of your dresser or nightstand. Invest in bowls or small boxes where you can drop these items instead. This keeps things tidy and dusting will be much easier too.
Keep a Hamper in the Bedroom
Everyone has “the chair” – the one that gets covered in clothes you’ve taken off before going to bed because you’re too lazy to walk all the way to the laundry basket. The Spruce suggests putting a hamper in or near your bedroom closet instead. On laundry day, you simply carry the hamper to the washing machine. It’s one of the most effective ways to keep “the chair” a place for sitting without having your clothes end up on the floor.
Add a Small Wastebasket to Your Bedroom
As The Spruce points out, a big garbage bin isn’t exactly the best idea for your bedroom, but you still need a place to toss out tissues, bits of paper and other pieces of trash. A small wastebasket near the bed is a great solution for keeping those candy wrappers off the floor and off your nightstand. It can even become a stylish part of the décor.
Use the Space Under Your Bed for Storage
suggests using the space under your bed as storage space for things like extra linens, books or even the contents of your dresser. It keeps the room clutter-free but you can still easily access whatever you’re storing here. To make cleaning easier, invest in some rolling bins that you can simply slide in and out when needed.