It doesn’t take much for a bad habit to become a tradition. Throw your dirty laundry on the bedroom floor at the end of a bad day, and it’ll be that much easier to do it again. After all, you’ve already got a nice pile going.
But clutter isn’t just unsightly. Studies show it can lead to poor eating habits and exacerbate mental stress. No wonder it’s so hard to find the motivation you need to clean up the culprit.
By reading this article, you’re already well on your way to a cleaner, more positive future. Don’t let a messy bedroom hold you back. Here’s how to declutter your room.
1. Choose Aesthetic Storage Solutions
Oftentimes, clutter takes shape when we have too many possessions and nowhere to store them. With plenty of storage space available, it’d be much easier to put everything away and find anything you need when the time comes.
The hard part is finding storage solutions that are both functional and fetching. But you don’t need to keep several transparent bins under your bed to amp up your storage space. Nowadays, you can find decorative fabric containers that come in many colors and designs.
This way, you can tuck everything away in plain sight without turning your bedroom into a storage unit.
2. Make the Most of Your Closet
Not everyone has a walk-in closet with space for hundreds of outfits you’ll only wear once. Most of the time, a closet is little more than a clothing rack and a single shelf.
It’s hard to use that space efficiently. Get up and open your closet. Is there space above and below your clothing?
If so, you found more room to tuck your clutter away. Make use of the vertical space by installing a shelving unit. And get your hands on some decorative, stackable baskets to optimize the ground level of the closet, too.
3. Don’t Declutter All at Once
If things have really gotten out of hand, getting rid of clutter could take you several hours or more. That’s a daunting task for anyone. In fact, it may be enough to make you procrastinate cleaning up in the first place.
Even the most demanding tasks can be accomplished when they’re split into smaller sessions. Every weekend, make it a habit to spend 10 or 15 minutes decluttering a few things in your bedroom.
Maybe the desk or dresser is a mess. Prioritize that for the week, and next weekend you can worry about your disorganized closet. Take things one step at a time.
Within a month, your bedroom will be a minimalist paradise. Best of all, it won’t feel like you’ve done anything to make it happen.
4. Decide What Needs to Go
Decluttering isn’t a fancy term for organizing. It also entails letting things go. And for many, departing of any possession can be a significant mental challenge.
But for the good of your mental health, you’ll need to cut ties with at least some of your belongings. It could be an old shirt with sentimental value from high school, or a broken smartphone you stubbornly wish to keep because it cost you hundreds a few years ago.
Throwing things away isn’t easy. But consider that holding on to old artifacts is stopping you from creating sentimental attachments to new ones.
If you need help filtering trash from treasure, take a look at our spring cleaning guide.
5. Organize the Dressers, Too
Although you may not see the mess inside your dresser drawers and other storage containers, that doesn’t mean it’s not there. In this instance, the old adage “out of sight, out of mind” doesn’t apply.
Organize your drawers as best you can. If your drawers don’t have compartments, a small strip of wood can keep things divided and neat.
While you’re cleaning things up, this is also a great opportunity to dust the insides and refold any clothing that’s been sitting wrinkled at the bottom of the drawers.
6. Rotate Seasonal Items
Bulky winter jackets and boots don’t have a place in summer weather. So why keep them out? If you don’t have room for them in your bedroom closet, stuff them away in your attic or basement to save on precious space.
Look beyond clothing, too. Things like heavy duty bedsheets may look nice, but there’s no way you’re going to use them unless you’ve got your AC pumping all summer long.
7. Clean Everything
Getting rid of clutter is an achievement all in itself. But if you’ve had a mess sitting around for anything longer than a week, you’re not quite done.
Take advantage of the empty space by pulling out the vacuum and dust cloth. Get under the bed, clean the carpet, dust the shelving — leave no space unwashed.
And if you’re going to be selective with your cleaning duties, give your full attention to the mattress. Wash all the sheets, pillowcases included, and clean the mattress yourself while you’re at it.
From allergies to bacteria, there are plenty of reasons why you should clean your bedroom on a regular basis.
That’s How to Declutter Your Room…
…unless it’s a real mess. You can’t declutter if your house is filled with junk that needs to be thrown away. In many areas, leaving an old fridge or a giant pile of unwanted items on the curbside is against city regulations.
The garbage men won’t be happy about that. And you won’t either! That’s how to declutter your room the wrong way.
Instead, rely on junk removal experts to clean up the mess for you. In addition to the heavy lifting, Orange Crew will recycle and donate your junk as part of our sustainability campaign. Take a look at our services for all your Chicagoland junk removal needs.