5 Bedroom Decluttering Secrets

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We here at Clean My Space have quite a few videos which talk about cleaning your bedroom.

We’ve talked about dusting and vacuuming, wiping and polishing – we’ve even talked about the importance of a well-made bed, however, 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 – especially when it comes time to rest your weary bones each and every night.

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

Organize Your Drawers

It’s easy for drawers to get cluttered and full of junk because let’s face it, when they’re closed – no one knows about the crowded horrors that lie within.

The key to organized drawers is having individual spaces for similar items – and that doesn’t necessarily mean running out and buying something from the store – but it does mean finding a way to keep everything in sight as soon as you open the drawer.

First off, don’t keep too much stuff in one drawer, the key indicator of a disorganized drawer is that you have to route around in there when you’re looking for something, so, avoid putting stuff in there that you should be putting somewhere else.

Then, organize the drawer contents so everything can be seen easily. You can use small containers – or even cans to  to keep all the small bits in one spot!

Keep horizontal surfaces as clear as possible

This goes for desks and dressers and night tables and any other furniture you may have in your bedroom – visually, you want to keep your bedroom surfaces free from ‘knick knack overload’ – because the less stuff you see in your room – the more calming and peaceful the room seems!

When I was younger, my mom taught me to only keep less than 3 things on each piece of furniture in my bedroom – including my desk – and that made me realize early on that I should really only keep the things that I use often out on display.

Use storage bins

Here’s a super simple solution that you’ve no doubt heard before – use storage bins to contain stuff that you need to keep – but you don’t necessarily use on a regular basis – storage bins keeps that stuff from cluttering everything else up!

These bins are perfect for toys or books or wires or even seasonal clothing and accessories like we talked about in our bedroom closet cleaning video – you can even find simple cardboard boxes like these which are only a couple of bucks and do a fine job at keeping items you don’t want to throw out.

Get rid of useless stuff

But before you put anything into these storage bins – you’re going to play a quick game ‘5 second purge’ – hold the item in your hand – and you have 5 seconds to give yourself a compelling reason to hang onto something and have it take up space in your room, and in your life.

If you can’t figure out why you should keep something, you are going to get rid of it – give to a friend or to a local thrift store or salvation army – the best part about doing this is that stuff you get rid of will end up being actually used by someone instead of it sitting in a box!

If you’re running out of room in your bedroom, it’s not because you need a bigger one – it’s because you can probably do with less any way!

Slow your intake

You knew this one was coming, and trust me, I know how difficult it can be to while we’re out at the shopping mall – but i want to share with you a method that I use when I purchase something that will reside in my bedroom – I have a 1 item in – 1 item out policy and it’s simple really – if you bought yourself a new shirt, or a belt, or a vase, or a knick knack – if it’s coming into the bedroom, there’s a item that will be leaving the bedroom!

That way, I always have the same amount of stuff in my bedroom at any given time.

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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Melissa Maker is an entrepreneur, cleaning expert, founder of Toronto’s most popular boutique cleaning service, and star of the Clean My Space channel on YouTube (but she still hates to clean!). Every week, Melissa delivers new videos dishing expert advice on cleaning products, tools, DIY substitutes, and practical, timesaving solutions to everyday problems. Melissa has appeared on the Today Show, and has been featured in InStyle, Real Simple, and Better Homes and Gardens.

21 COMMENTS

  1. What’s the best way to keep the top of my dresser organized? My room is a small space and bathroom even smaller, most of my morning routine happens on my dresser/mirror in my room, including hair, makeup, and storing work pins and badges. Thanks!

  2. Great advice. Now I just have to commit to do it! Loving your site. I just reorganized one of my dressers, folding everything in a neater way and freeing up space.

  3. Cute cat! Thanks for this – going through my bedroom is this week’s big cleaning job. But I have to know: what color are your walls? I love it! My room is still “builder’s beige.” – Thx, Melissa, Charlotte, NC

  4. not that I’m the neatest person in the world, but I try to keep our bedroom clean. My husband has all types of manusha (crap) on top of our armoire. An old clock that doesn’t work, income tax forms and receipts from years ago in shoeboxes. As much as possible that can sit up there. I think what you said about the three items on each flat surface is a great idea and I am going to try to incorporate that in our bedroom wish me luck. Don’t think I’m going to have much though with him.

  5. Hey Melissa,

    I have 3 questions regarding bedsheet and comforter sets. How many should one own? How often should they be changed on a regular basis? And do you have all different colors or similar to match the room decor.

    Thanks

  6. Hi Melissa! To answer your questions, one thing I dislike about my bedroom is that we have our dog’s kennel in there. And dogs can….smell. But as long as I clean his blanket he lies on once a week and spray and wipe the bottom of his kennel with half water half vinegar solution it’s good to go. One thing I like about my bedroom is after I’ve given it a good thorough cleaning it looks and smells fabulous.
    Honestly most times my bedroom can be chaotic. I have a terrible habit of putting my dirty clothes on the floor in between the wall and the bed and pretty soon I’m stepping on nothing but dirty clothes. But I’m working on that.

    • What about your shoes, other than your baby shoes which were adorable? I have Jim Bear who presides over my closet. Shoes are my biggest problem, so many, all necessary on some level, work, different weather, and general craziness.

  7. Melissa. I have a dog who has a bleeding ear. He shakes his head and sprays blood on floor, walls & ceiling. What is the easiest way to wipe walls and ceiling? I spend a good 2 hours a week now and I’m quite exhausted after. I just use hot water and a rag.

    • Take your doggie to the vet and see if there’s a way to stop the bleeding. I’m sure it must be uncomfortable and maybe even painful to him which is why he shakes his head. You”ll both be happier when he’s healed up and feeling better! As for the spatter, you could try using a sponge mop with a bucket of hot water to make it easier to reach the high places. Good luck!

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