Last Updated on August 22, 2021.
I don’t know about you, but I spend very little time in my bedroom (awake anyway), and yet it seems to collect clutter faster than any other room in the house. It’s a dumping ground for all those things you just don’t know what to do with and the things you just haven’t had time to put away. Is it even possible to permanently purge your bedroom of all the extra stuff?
Yes! You can have the bedroom of your dreams in 8 Easy Steps. The research is plentiful. A tidy, organized bedroom can change the dynamic of your day. Here’s how you can tackle your bedroom mess.
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Step 1: Make Your Bed
Your bed is almost certainly the focal point of your room. Address it first by tidying the sheets and straightening the pillows. This single task will make the whole room feel tidy instantly and has the power to set your day up for success. And it only takes 2 to 3 minutes. So, tackle this low hanging fruit first to give yourself a boost of confidence and accomplishment.
Step 2: Purge Your Closet (& Drawers)
PRO TIP: Start Step 2 only after you’ve washed all your laundry! You may miss out on an opportunity to pare down your clothes if you have laundry in process.
Clothing storage is one of the primary functions of your bedroom. So gather all your clothes and sort them into four piles: Trash, Donate, Maybe Keep, and Definitely Keep.
Immediately discard the Trash and Donate piles. Place the Definitely Keep items back into your closet (or drawers).
Now, what to do with the ‘Maybe’ pile? Place it in storage, out of sight. A seldom-used closet or a plastic tub in the basement or garage will work just fine! Keep these items out of your regular rotation, but accessible in case you need them. This will let you know if they are actually items you want or need, or if they’re just extra clutter clogging up your closet.
Here’s the most important part of this step! Schedule time to repeat this task at least twice per year (like when the seasons change). Some people find it beneficial to do this quarterly or even monthly. Whatever you choose, put it on your calendar. Schedule a block of time. And don’t miss this appointment.
Need a little extra help with your closet? My friend Jen has a post about tackling your closet clutter!
Step 3: Purge Extra Furniture and Bedroom Clutter
Once you’ve eliminated clothing, you might find that you have extra furniture in your bedroom. Get rid of anything you don’t need. Minimalism is the goal here. Less “stuff” will make the room feel more tidy and organized.
This doesn’t just apply to furniture. Look at every item around the room. If it doesn’t serve a purpose, find a new home for it outside of your bedroom. Do you actually use the television in your room? If not, take it out. Do you have more than one mirror? Choose your favorite to keep. Do you have a chair in the corner that only collects piles of clothes? Adios unused chair! Do you have shelves that just collect random junk? Get rid of it!
Step 4: Banish Food and Drinks
This is a biggie if you want to purge your bedroom for good. With rare exceptions, food and drinks do not belong in your room. Dirty dishes and food crumbs are not appealing. And they can easily invite pests into your room. So make this a hard and fast rule: No food in the bedroom. If someone frequently needs water in the night, I might make the rule “Water Only in the Bedrooms”, but definitely no food!
So plan on having your late night snacks in the kitchen going forward. You might discover other benefits (like less snacking) with this new rule!
Step 5: Add a Waste Basket and Clothes Hamper
There are two absolutely essential furniture items you need in your bedroom: a waste basket and a clothes hamper.
If you don’t have a place to throw small trash items, they end up on your dresser or on the floor. So definitely invest in a small wastebasket to collect little things like tags from new clothes and gum wrappers from your pockets. I personally love the slim kind that fits next to your dresser or nightstand.
A dirty clothes hamper is also absolutely necessary. The quickest way to untidy your bedroom is to toss clothes about. Have a dedicated spot for dirty clothing. If you need space-saving ideas, there are plenty of options! Slim hampers can fit into tight spaces behind doors or next to dressers. Or you can get a hamper that’s completely out of sight, hanging on the back of a door.
Step 6: Dedicate a Spot for ‘Rewear’ Items
Step 6 is often overlooked, but absolutely necessary if you want to purge and maintain a tidy bedroom. Everyone has clothing items the rewear, at least on occasion. It might be a pair of jeans you only wore for an hour or a scarf that can go many wears without being washed. Either way, you’re unlikely to fold the item back up and put it back in the closet with the ‘clean’ items.
So where does it end up? Probably on the floor.
Have a small, dedicated space for ‘rewear’ items to eliminate this problem. It could be a small bin in your closet, a small section in your dresser, or even a stylish basket next to your dresser. It doesn’t have to be big, but it does need to be a completely dedicated space.
Step 7: Organize with Small Trays, Baskets, & Bowls
Organizing professionals will tell you that every single item you own needs to have a ‘home’. Items that do not have a permanent home end up cluttering your space. Your bedroom may be the home to many little items that can easily get lost, like jewelry, loose change, wallets, sunglasses, etc. Utilize small storage containers like trays, baskets and bowls to contain these little items. You could even use a single bowl on your nightstand to house all these little items. However, you need to commit to purging these small storage containers periodically to keep your room tidy!
Step 8: Implement 5-Minute Wake Up & Bedtime Routines
The single best way to purge your bedroom and keep it that way is to develop 5-minute wakeup and bedtime routines. Once you practice these routines they will become habits, and you’ll maintain your tidy bedroom without even thinking about it.
Everyone’s routine will be different. But keep it simple so you’ll follow it day after day.
Sample Morning Routine
- Wake Up
- Open Curtains
- Make the Bed
- Select Clothing for the Day
- Return hanger(s) to the closet
- Empty Bedroom Trash into Main Trash
Sample Bedtime Routine
- Change into Pajamas
- Place all Dirty Clothes in Hamper
- Put rewear clothes in the designated spot
- Place any trash in the wastebasket
- Wipe down surfaces (dresser, tables)
- Set Alarm for the AM
So How Do I Start My Bedroom Purge?
Don’t dive into your bedroom purge without a little planning. Decide when you’ll have time to complete all the steps. Schedule it if you have to! You’ll need time to go through all your clothing, so plan on at least a couple of hours.
Let me know how it goes! Share your experience in the comments, or reach out to me directly here. I’d love to hear from you.