How to declutter bedroom?

Maybe you’ve got a few boxes lying around, or maybe the camera crew from Hoarders is knocking at your door as you read this. Either way, clutter is bad for the mind and bad for your wallet. But there’s good news: you can get rid of it without driving yourself crazy. Here’s how.

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We’re not angling for everything-I-own-fits-in-a-backpack minimalism here: our goal is that, by the end of this post, you’ll have the tools required to donate, gift, or toss out things that do nothing but take up space in your lives. Whether you’ve been forced to downsize or you’re just looking to trim down the physical crap in your life, this post will help you make the tough calls-so you can get back to enjoying the things you love.

Work in Reverse: What Would You Replace If You Lost Everything?

Ask yourself: “If my home burned down and I lost everything, what would I replace as soon as my renter’s insurance check came in?” (You do have renter’s or homeowner’s insurance, right?) During my last move, I went from a large apartment in the suburbs to a smaller apartment in the city. I knew I was in for some tough choices, so I needed a way to think about my possessions that went beyond the traditional “keep/toss/donate” method, and this mindset worked wonders. We’ve discussed how making a home inventory can help you declutter, so consider this a blind inventory. Photo by Sam Greenhalgh.

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The key is to do this from another location-a coffee shop, a library, somewhere quiet with a laptop where you can really think and make your list. Don’t do this at home though, you need to be somewhere you can’t just look around and make a list. Don’t get caught up in model numbers or specific products-just jot down everything you can remember that you would actually go out and spend money on a second time. If you need help getting started, we’ve covered some apps like Know Your Stuff and StuffSafe (among others) that can help you build your inventory. That’s your base list of things that are both valuable and important to you.

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Declutter in Small, Focused Bursts: Make Each Session a Sprint, Not a Marathon

You’re not going to clean up your entire home in a day, or pack your entire apartment in a weekend, so don’t try. It took time to get all that stuff, it’ll take some time to let it all go. Set yourself up for success by making a plan and targeting specific areas you’re going to declutter, clean up, and organize over a prolonged period of time. Then stick to it so you don’t tire yourself out.

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For example, consider decluttering one room at a time, in 30 minute bursts. Set aside a few hours on a Saturday afternoon to tackle your home office, then work for 30 minutes, take a half-hour break, then work for another 30. The goal here is to avoid the frustration and high-running emotions that come with deciding to keep, donate, or throw away the things that you own. Set a timer and stick to it, rewarding yourself when you get to natural break points. If you’re a fan of the Pomodoro productivity technique, now’s the time to use it.

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Think Of Your Things In Terms of Utility First, and Sentimental Value Second

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It’s easy to get attached to things, either because you’ve had them for a long time, they have some special meaning to you, or because they represent the hard work and sweat you put into making the money you used to buy them. That’s completely normal, but when you’re looking to downsize and declutter, you have to try and separate yourself from those feelings a bit. Here’s how:

  • Ask yourself “What does this item do for me that nothing else does?” Start thinking about the utility of the item you’re looking at. What makes it unique among your possessions? What does it do? Does it do multiple things or is it a unitasker?
  • Next, ask “Do I have anything else that does this better, or at least does something else as well? This is where you choose between your can opener and the other can opener with a bottle opener on the top. Pick the items that add more value to your life.
  • Finally, ask “Does this have sentimental meaning to me?” When it comes to appliances, tools, and electronics, it’s easy to ask the first two questions, but if you’re looking at a box of photos, utility doesn’t come to mind. Sentimental value is important in a lot of things, so don’t overlook it, just try not to get bogged down in how an item makes you feel versus what it does for you and how much space it takes.

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Apply these three questions to virtually everything you own. If you’re moving, like I was, you have a natural reason to evaluate everything you possess, but if you’re decluttering to clean and organize, make sure to give yourself time to review everything, instead of just deciding that specific drawer or box is fine the way it is. Don’t leave those stones unturned-open up that box and look inside. Even if it seems okay, it’s a box full of old papers to be shredded, you’ll be happier with them gone than taking up space next to your desk. Photo by di_ana.

Use the Four Box Method

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The four box method is just a modified version of keep/donate/toss. Instead of three boxes, you’ll make four: Keep, Sell/Donate, Store, and Trash.

  • Keep are items you need or use regularly, and have space for.
  • Sell/Donate will go to Goodwill or your favorite charity, or hopefully make you a little money on eBay or Craigslist.
  • Trash is junk: papers to be shredded, broken things that you know you’ll never repair, you know the deal.
  • Store is the most ambiguous: these are the boxes of things that you can’t part with that don’t play a role in your daily life. They’re to be stored, but only so much that you have available storage space.

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Apartment Therapy calls this space the “Outbox,” or a halfway house between keep and trash. They even have specific rules governing the Outbox. We agree: deciding that you need something or don’t is easy. Parting with it is hard. Give yourself some leeway, just don’t make that leeway your entire house. Photo by z287marc.

Remember, our goal here is to not drive yourself crazy, so you’ll have to walk the line between storing only the things you really want to keep that aren’t useful on a daily basis versus the amount of out-of-sight storage you really have. This isn’t an excuse to get a storage unit either, paid storage units are a huge money sink, and only best for people who have short term storage needs, people who have inventories that make them more money than the storage costs them, and next of kin looking for a place to store family items while they push through the clutter and their loss at the same time.

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Find New Ways to Keep the Things You Love

With your boxes and piles at the ready, pour yourself a drink and go through your rooms, drawers, and closets one by one, and group everything into one of those four categories. While you go through each area, think about some of these ways you can have your cake and eat it too-that is, keep the item without keeping the clutter:

  • Digitize photos and documents. We’ve discussed how to digitize your life in the past, and there’s no better time to do it than when you’re trying to declutter. Photos? Scan them, organize them, and upload them to safe places so they’re backed up. Do the same with semi-important documents, then shred the originals if you don’t need them, or pack the originals away in a safe place, like a fireproof box.
  • Digitize movies and music. Keeping with the digitize idea, don’t leave your CDs in towers and your old DVDs and game boxes in the bookshelf (unless you like the art). Rip those CDs and movies that you really enjoy and know you’ll watch again. Store the originals just in case, and donate or sell the crap in your collection. Don’t just digitize everything though-you know how we feel about digital clutter.

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Take a picture of sentimental things, then let them go. If you’re hanging on to an item that you know you can get rid of but you’re keeping it because it was a gift or it has more emotional value than actual value to your life, take a photo of it and keep that instead. You may not have that old poorly fitting sweater your mom knitted anymore, but you can always look at it and remember how it made you feel.

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  • Save book covers instead of whole books, or download ebooks instead. Granted, this won’t work with your grandmother’s copy of The Joy of Cooking that’s all marked up with substitutions, but that’s not the kind of thing you’d get rid of anyway. Are you keeping your college textbooks just because they were expensive and represent what you worked so hard to achieve? Me too, but those books are heavy. AZCentral suggests making a shadowbox from the book covers, and recycling the rest. You could even scan them if you like if you ever want to read them again, or see if an electronic version is available affordably (or even for free.)
  • Give items to family members or friends who’ll value them. Granted, you may just be offloading your clutter to someone else, but if you have a sweater you love, or an old computer you used to use every day, clean it up and give it to a friend who could use it. You get the satisfaction of knowing it’s not in a landfill and is being used and appreciated, your friend gets a free gift, and you get your space back. If you miss it that much, you can go visit the sweater in your friend’s closet.
  • Think about the money you’ll make when you sell that junk. Who doesn’t love some extra money in their wallet? Let cash be your motivator to clean up: the more you sell, the more you’ll make. The sooner you sell it, the sooner you’ll have it. Waffling on an item? How much do you think you could get for it on Craigslist or eBay? Could that amount buy something better, or something you’ve been wanting? If that item represents your hard earned money, think about how getting some of that money back will make you feel when it’s in the bank, instead of locked up in an object collecting dust.

Lorie Marrero, author ofThe Clutter Diet, has two great blog posts about how to deal with sentimental items. You can see the videos here, but the rest of the Clutter Diet blog is also full of useful ways to organize, either in one fell swoop or in organized bits, like cleaning out your junk drawer or getting rid of things you’re storing for someone else. When you’re finished, don’t forget to celebrate! You’ve accomplished a lot, you deserve it.

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Don’t Be Seduced by Gadgets and Containers

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After you’ve decluttered, that’s the time to start thinking about what you can get to help you clean up what you have. I love The Container Store and IKEA, but there’s something counterproductive about buying more stuff to keep your stuff in. If you can, limit your purchasing to things that actually improve your clutter condition, like wall-mounted storage to get things off of your floors (think up, not out when it comes to storage) and filing cabinets that’ll replace the boxes of paper you need to keep. Lorie suggests that before you buy organizational gadgets and containers, ask yourself if the item you want to buy is something you’ll actually use, and whether it’ll improve the way you use the things you put in it. Photo by David Friedel.

Organize, but Don’t Forget to Change the Habits that Got You Here

Don’t get us wrong, a 1TB hard drive can keep a lot of old photos and CDs on it, and stackable clear containers are better than cardboard boxes all over your office, but organizing your stuff should come after you’ve decided what to keep and what to get rid of. Organizing products don’t work by themselves; you have to change your habits too. In short, hooks won’t work if you don’t hang things on them, and boxes won’t keep your office clean if you don’t put papers in them. Start thinking about ways you can prevent this kind of clutter from happening again.

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Challenge yourself to answer those critical questions above before you bring anything new into your home. Before you buy something new, figure out where you’ll put it. Ask yourself what you’ll get rid of to make room for it. Decide whether there’s something else you can get that does the same thing and replaces something you already have, and make sure the thing you’re buying actually means something to you. If you try to be mindful before you bring something new into your life, you’ll make sure the only things you add are things you really want, love, and need, versus things that just take up space.

Title photo by Michael Dolan.

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This week, The Big Declutter Challenge is all about the bedroom.

Running throughout the month of March, our campaign is encouraging you to take control of your home by showing you the best ways to organise, clean and store, focusing on a different room of the house every week.

We’ve already seen decluttering guides for the hallway, kitchen, and living room, and now the room you sleep in is in the spotlight, with advice to help you achieve a clean, clutter-free and organised bedroom.

To get involved with the #HBBigDeclutter and continue on your path to creating a decluttered home, follow this comprehensive decluttering guide for the bedroom, with helpful tips and advice from organisational and storage experts…

Declutter time!

‘It’s common for the bedroom to become a dumping ground for laundry, unpacked bags and miscellaneous items,’ says Kate Ibbotson, professional declutter expert at A Tidy Mind and board member of the Association of Professional Declutterers and Organisers (APDO).

‘It’s generally not a place visitors see, so it may be the last place you tidy and declutter. But in fact, it’s the last place you should let clutter accumulate.

‘It should be a peaceful retreat. Its functions are simple – sleep and relaxation. The number of possessions stored there should be low in volume.’

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Follow these decluttering steps to get started…

Step 1: Sort your items into three piles

‘Use the three-box method to help you decide what items to keep, get rid of or put into storage,’ says Harsha Rathnayake, CEO of London Junk. ‘For any items in the keep box, work out where you are going to put them. These should be stored neatly in a draw or container.

‘For storage, categorise and label all containers as you fill them. Then neatly place them in your storage area.

‘When getting rid of your items, sort through the box and work out what you can donate, sell or throw away to the junk collectors.’

Step 2: Tackle the wardrobe and chest of drawers

‘Go through your clothes and be ruthless about what you don’t wear,’ says Kate Ibbotson. ‘Most people wear 20 per cent of their clothes 80 per cent of the time but too much clothes clutter can result in “decision fatigue” every time you open the wardrobe.’

Any clothes that no longer fit or haven’t been worn in the past year can go, which will help free up more space in the bedroom. Either donate to charity if in good condition, or throw away if in poor condition.

Step 3: Organise your clothes

‘An organised wardrobe is key to getting out the door quickly in the morning,’ says Vicky Silverthorn, professional organiser at You Need A Vicky.

‘If you put your washing away, put short sleeve items with other short sleeve items, long sleeve with long sleeve and skirts with skirts, etc. Before long, your wardrobe will become more streamlined, making it easier and quicker for you to choose an outfit for work.’

Make a point to declutter your underwear and sock drawers – odd or holey socks and never-worn underwear can definitely go.

Step 4: Pack away out-of-season clothes

For the clothes and accessories that are out of season you can ‘find a home for them on top of the wardrobe or under the bed,’ says Kate. ‘If you’re not going to use something for months, there is no point in it being in circulation.’

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Step 5: Make a habit of putting clothes away

‘Get into good habits such as putting clothes away each night and laying out the next day’s clothes,’ says Kate. ‘It can make a huge difference to how you start the day in the morning.’

Step 6: Declutter your bedside table and cabinets

The table and cabinets beside your bed need to be decluttered. Read our full guide on how to do this here.

Step 7: Get rid of certain shoes

If you have shoes that don’t fit, are too worn or you just never wear them, then it’s time they were chucked or donated.

Step 8: Don’t have too many accessories

‘Invest in decent ben linen and furnishings to give your bedroom a luxury feel but ensure your bed is simple to make – too many cushions or throws mean they will likely end up on the floor,’ says Kate.

Step 9: Get rid of broken items

Go through books, ornaments and other items – get rid of anything that is broken or donate items you no longer want to keep.

Step 10: Remove any unnecessary furniture

‘To make your home look as clutter-free as possible, take a look at what unnecessary furniture you have and decide if you really need it,’ says Andy Briggs, head creative and interior designer at Spaceslide. ‘Freeing up floor space is a great way to make a room look and feel bigger.’

The Braydon Storage Bed with Durrington Divan, £1,093, Willow & Hall

Start cleaning

Now that your bedroom is all decluttered, you’ve got to get everything sparkling clean. To do so, complete this checklist:

1. Clean all the surfaces in the bedroom, including out-of-reach places, such as the tops of shelves and wardrobes. Remember to clean any TVs and mirrors you have in the room too.

2. Empty and clean inside your wardrobe, dresser, all drawers, and storage units. Once clean, place items back inside and neatly organise them.

3. Wash your bedding, including the mattress cover, pillow cases and bed sheets.

‘Bed sheets should be washed on a weekly basis at a minimum temperature of 60°C in order to destroy micro-organisms and other nasties that may be living in our linens,’ says Jane Robson, founder of The Fine Cotton Company.

4. Get your pillows and duvets dry cleaned – try and do this at least once a year to make sure they are in top condition. If your washing machine drum is large enough, you can wash them at home. Read our guide on washing your bedding here.

5. Clean your mattress or replace it completely. Mould spores and bacteria build up over the years so you should vacuum your mattress regularly, and you can also flip it over now and again. The recommended time to replace your mattress is every eight years.

6. Keep whites white. ‘To bring a new lease of life to whites that have lost their sparkle try including half a cup of white wine vinegar in with the wash,’ says Jane Robson.

‘It’s a wonderful cleaning agent as the high acidity levels are naturally anti-bacterial, this neutralises odours and dissolves residual product.’

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7. Wash the skirting boards.

8. Vacuum your carpet, curtains and rug – include the hidden and forgotten areas, such as under the bed and other pieces of furniture. Read our helpful guide on cleaning your rug here.

9. If you have blinds, give them a deep clean. Follow the full instructions here.

Pick the best storage

‘A bedroom should ultimately be a place for relaxation so it’s vitally important to plan enough storage space when redesigning the room,’ says David Norman, director at Furl.

‘If all you can see when you walk in is clutter, clothes, and things that need tidying away, it can be hard to relax and switch off.’

Here are some useful storage solutions for the bedroom, according to the experts…

Ottoman beds

‘There’s nothing more tranquil than a bedroom with a place for everything,’ says Sarah Massouh, founder of Willow & Hall.

The Braydon Storage Bed with Oxenwood Ottoman, from £835, Willow & Hall ​Willow & Hall

‘Owning an ottoman bed allows you to not only declutter your bedroom, but also to keep all the things you are not quite ready to get rid of by simply hiding them in the dedicated storage space built into the bed base.

‘When considering an ottoman bed for your own bedroom, it is quite important to give some thought to the size that will work best for you as you’ll have to determine the ideal size according to your needs and storage expectations.’

Hidden storage units

‘Invest in quality storage systems,’ says Andy Briggs at Spaceslide. ‘Whether it’s for your bedroom or study, there is nothing worse than big, unsightly plastic boxes on display in your home.

‘By ensuring everything is placed neatly away in its designated home, you’ll be less likely to keep adding unnecessary items to your collection as the year goes on.’

Sliding wardrobe doors

‘Investing in some sliding wardrobe doors for your bedroom is a great way to maximise your space as they can be customised to fit your ever-growing shoe collection,’ says Andy. ‘But they can also be designed to complement your interiors, so you won’t need to redecorate your room.’

Shelving

‘When you lift things off the floor and use shelving as a storage solution, you create the illusion of a larger space,’ says Peter Erlandsson, co-owner and director of String.

String Pocket in Ash-white, £122, Skandium String

Under bed storage bags and boxes

‘One of the most practical, but least utilised spaces in the bedroom is under the bed,’ says The Holding Company. ‘By using under bed storage bags or boxes, you can easily store out-of-season clothing and blankets, or other seldom-used items.’

Stackable shelves

‘Most wardrobe spaces are poorly planned, so don’t be limited by the standard hanging bar and shelf – install additional rods or purchase stackable shelves,’ says The Holding Company.

Bedside tables with drawers

‘Bedside tables often have built-in drawers which are a useful double function but don’t overfill them – hidden clutter can still impact on wellbeing,’ says Kate Ibbotson.

Baskets, boxes and bins

If you need extra storage units but with a more temporary feel, you can use baskets, boxes and bins, which can either be stored out of sight or, if stylish, on display.

Children’s bedroom storage

‘Children’s bedrooms can soon become overwhelmed with toys, clothes and other clutter so it is important to think about helpful storage solutions when furnishing their room,’ says David Norman.

‘Their bedrooms are often the smallest of the house, maximise available space by choosing furniture that has multi-uses, such as a practical storage bed.’

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The best way to declutter your home fast

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In this post, I’m sharing a super hack on how to declutter fast. This is the BEST decluttering hack because a. it actually works and b. it won’t take up all your time.

How to declutter your home fast

Are you in your home surrounded by clutter?

Wondering how on earth tackle the clutter when you have no time or spare brain bandwidth?

Take a deep breath and keep reading, because I’ve got the absolute best hack for decluttering your home FAST!

But before we get to the hack, let’s take a moment to understand why our homes get so cluttered.

How did your home get so cluttered?

I can always tell when life is spinning a little out of control by how cluttered our family home is.

Tidying up and being organised is often the first thing to go when we’re all rushing around.

I think it would be fair to say that a cluttered house reflects a cluttered mind!

It’s also fair to say that living surrounded by clutter does nothing to calm and create a sense of wellbeing.

So it can become a vicious circle if clutter isn’t nipped in the bud.

How to declutter when you have no time?

But how do you go about decluttering your home and keeping it clutter-free when you just don’t have any time?

Is there a way to declutter fast when time and headspace is limited?

Yes, there is.

It just takes a little bit of decluttering know-how.

Which I’m going to share with you.

A brilliant decluttering hack that will allow you to declutter fast.

A clutter-free mindset

First up, get yourself into a clutter-free mindset.

It’s super easy to see decluttering as this MASSIVE task that you need to set huge chunks of time aside to do.

Chunks of time that are likely your precious downtime – the weekends, time off from work.

It’s a daunting thought.

A not very appetising thought.

But it’s a thought you need to bin.

Because creating a clutter-free home and keeping it free from clutter is about changing habits and creating systems.

There is absolutely no point doing a big declutter only for the clutter to start building up again within days.

The three basic principles of having a clutter-free home

There are three basic principles to decluttering your home and keeping it free from clutter:

  1. Purging your home of stuff
  2. Having an easily accessible place for everything
  3. Keeping everything in its place

Nail these three principles and you’re on your way to a home that is forever clutter-free.

So, how do these principles help you to declutter your home fast?

Putting these principles into play

We’re going to focus on the first principle for a super-fast declutter of your home.

This is the first step to creating a clutter-free home.

It’s the one that will have your home go from clutter overload to clutter-free, fast.

However, you do need to get to grips with the second and third principles if you want to KEEP your home clutter-free.

But you landed on this post because you need to declutter your home fast, so let’s get going with purging your home of clutter.

How to declutter fast – the hack!

The quickest way to purge your home of all the clutter and stuff is to use the four bag decluttering hack.

It’s a really simple hack that allows you to work fast and without distraction to declutter your home.

Here’s how…

The four bag decluttering hack

1. Make a plan

Take a few minutes to assess the clutter situation in your home and make a quick decluttering plan of action.

This will help you put your focus where it’s most needed.

  • Prioritise the rooms to be decluttered – I suggest you start with the room that gets the most use because decluttering it first will have a big impact, which in turn will give you an emotional boost.
  • Set yourself a decluttering deadline – otherwise, it can go on endlessly, or worse, end up never being completed.

2. Arm yourself with four bags

1. Binbag

Get rid of anything that is broken, has missing pieces, is old and tatty and no use to anyone else.

2. Bag for recycling

Recycle whatever you know is recyclable in your area.

3. Charity shop/sell bag

Fill this bag with stuff that you KNOW can be used again by someone else, either through you donating it to the charity or through you selling it on eBay or in another way.

I have a post on ways to sell clutter that will actually make you money.

4. Big laundry bag

This is for all the stuff that belongs somewhere other than the room it is in, including stuff destined for storage in the attic or wherever you store things you no longer need everyday.

Now, grab your bags and tackle that first room by filling those bags!

3. Deal with the full bags immediately

When you’ve finished act immediately to deal with the four bags.

Take the bin bag straight out to the rubbish bin.

Ditto with the recycling bag.

Put the charity shop bag by the door to take it to the charity shop as soon as possible.

DO NOT allow that bag to sit around the house for weeks on end.

Donate or sell?

If you’ve put stuff aside to sell, be really honest with yourself and ask yourself the following questions:

  1. Do I have the time to sell this within the next month?
  2. Will the money I make be worth the time spent organising the sale?
  3. Is it better all round if I donate this thing to charity?

Finally, grab that laundry bag and distribute its contents to their rightful rooms.

You can then decide to purge another room straight away or tackle it another day.

Don’t forget, if you have a partner or older kids you can set them up with the four bag method!

Once you’ve purged all the clutter you can focus on the second principle of decluttering.

Keeping your home free from clutter

Now you’ve purged your home of clutter you need to keep your home as clutter-free as possible.

Of course, unless you and your family are absolute saints it is nye on impossible to keep a family home totally free of clutter.

But here are some simple things to focus on to help you and your family keep clutter at bay.

  1. Get your home some clutter baskets – pop one in each room and use it to stick clutter into ready for sorting once per week
  2. Sort out your household storage – it’s much easier to keep on top of clutter if there is enough of the right storage.
  3. Take some time to show your family around their newly clutter-free home and set them some ground rules for putting stuff away.

I really hope you’ve found this post useful. Pop over to the Organise & Declutter section for plenty more posts for keeping your home organised and clutter-free.

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We all want more sleep, but have you ever considered how decluttering your bedroom could affect this?

Courtney Carver, who documents her minimalist life on her blog, Be More With Less, says that sleep is critical for good health and energy, and urges others to create a space that encourages slumber.

‘A peaceful space is easier to fall asleep in compared to a cluttered, chaotic space,’ she says.

But if you’re stuck with getting started on decluttering the bedroom here’s some expert advice to get you going.

MORE: MARIE KONDO’S TOP TIPS FOR DE-CLUTTERING

1. Start with the bed

When sorting out your bedroom, be sure to make your bed before doing anything else. ‘You can then use this as a surface for sorting and organising everything,’ says decluttering expert Sally Walford of declutterme.london.

The bed usually takes up the most space, so it makes sense to utilise this rather than cramming everything onto a small section of floor.

2. Keep it to the essentials

Courtney’s advice is to only keep the bare minimum number of items in your bedroom, asking yourself what you really need and then getting rid of anything that’s not conducive to a restful, relaxing environment.

To do this, Sally recommends pulling everything out from under the bed to take stock of what you have. ‘Start placing duplicate items together,’ she says. ‘Then pick out anything that should not be in the bedroom.’

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3. Break it down

‘Don’t overwhelm yourself by pulling the entire contents of your bedroom out in one go – it’ll take far longer than you expect,’ says Vicky Silverthorn, decluttering expert (youneedavicky.com) and author of Start With Your Sock Drawer. ‘

Always start small. Focus on an area, work on it and complete it – then stop!’

Her advice is to then repeat the process the next day, starting with a different area. ‘You won’t be put off by the process and will still get the buzz of excitement when you see the results of your work the following day,’ she says.

MORE: FIVE GOLDEN RULES FOR DECLUTTERING YOUR WARDROBE

4. Sort by category

Alternatively, blogger Carrie Higgins suggests starting with one category and tidying everything within that group up.

‘Things like clothing can be categorised into smaller groups and organised by group type. This helps you think of decluttering in a different way,’ she adds.

5. No screens allowed

The number one thing you should get rid of? ‘Keep the digital devices out of the bedroom,’ urges Courtney; a tip we’ve often heard repeated from sleep experts who feel that the distraction of tech is seriously harmful to good sleep.

MORE: SEVEN THINGS A DECLUTTERING EXPERT NEVER HAS IN THEIR BEDROOM

6. Bin it or donate it

Once you’ve tidied up, Carrie suggests immediately placing the items in a keep, donate, sell or bin pile.

‘At the end,’ she says, ‘you should have an empty space to fill back up with only the things you love.’

Or at least enough room that you don’t get out of breath trying to shove things into your wardrobe every evening!

MORE: HOW TO DETOX AND DECLUTTER YOUR HOME

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We, here at Clean My Space, have made quite a few videos about cleaning your bedroom. But one topic we haven’t covered yet is decluttering—which is a very important aspect of making your bedroom the most peaceful and inviting space possible.

So this week, we’re talking about 5 handy ways you can cut the clutter in your bedroom!

Organize Your Drawers

It might not seem important—no one can see them, when they’re closed!—but having organized drawers is key to your peace of mind (you’ll know about the crowded horrors that lie within, after all).

Take everything out of your drawers, then arrange individual spaces for designated items, using old gift boxes or drawer dividers to contain smaller items. Only specific items should go here, like with like—and anything that doesn’t belong should find a home elsewhere, or be tossed.

Remember, don’t cram too much stuff into one drawer. If you find yourself pawing around in the drawers to find what you need, it’s a sign that you’re storing too many things, or too many different kinds of things.

Keep Horizontal Surfaces as Clear as Possible

This goes for desks, dressers, night tables, and any other furniture in your bedroom. Visually, you want to keep your bedroom surfaces free from knickknack overload. The less stuff you see in your room, the more calming and peaceful the room will seem!

When I was younger, my mom taught me to only keep three things (or fewer!) on each piece of furniture in my bedroom. This number might feel too stringent to some, but it’s a good reminder to be deliberate about what’s on these surfaces—things that are crucial for daily use, or objects of beauty—rather than just tossing all your crap on them.

Use Storage Bins

I know, it’s been said before—but storage bins can be your partner in keeping your bedroom looking beautiful. These are the simple solution for containing stuff you don’t necessarily use on a regular basis. Having this option will help you…wait for it…keep your drawers and closet organized.

Bins are perfect for toys, books, wires, or out-of-season clothing and accessories. If you have a place to store the bins, you can get away with spare cardboard boxes. But invest in pretty ones if they will be visible on a shelf.

Get Rid of Useless Stuff

But wait! Before you put anything into your bins, I want you to play a quick game of 5-Second Purge. Hold each item in your hand, and give yourself only five seconds to come up with a compelling reason to hang onto it.

If you can’t figure out why you should keep something, get rid of it. Give it to a friend, a local thrift store, or the Salvation Army. You will feel terrific about it, because it will mean that the item will actually get used, rather than taking up space in your bedroom, sitting in a box!

Slow Your Intake

Trust me, I know how difficult it can be to while we’re out at the shopping mall, but if new stuff is flowing into your bedroom at the speed of light, you’ll never be able to keep on top of it. I personally have a 1 item in/1 item out policy to keep my bedroom under control. If I buy a new shirt or knickknack for the bedroom, it means that I have to get rid of a clothing item or knickknack.

Now it’s your turn, Clean My Space Nation. Let me know in the comment section below:

What YOU love—or hate—about your bedroom?!

Is your bedroom a palace of peacefulness—or a castle of chaos?!

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