Organize & Declutter Your Bedroom - The Completely Organized & Clutter Free Series

For this room of the Completely Organized & Clutter Free Series, we’re organizing and decluttering the bedroom today! When you’re organizing your bedroom, there’s usually a lot of different types of items that tend to fall into this room.

When we lived back at our small apartment, our bedroom was not only a place for sleeping, but it was storage, office area, and a complete catch all for everything in between. If your bedroom holds multiple functions, don’t worry, we’ll tackle all sorts of bedroom clutter in this article.

Although this room tends to get neglected but I find the bedroom to be one of the easiest to tackle, especially if you’re short on time.

This room is the one I always recommend starting with first when you’re doing your first real “big sweep” through.

When you have an organized and decluttered bedroom to curl up in at the end of each day, you’ll be excited and eager to have that feeling throughout the rest of your space.

I’m all about motivation and nothing gets me more motivated than seeing my hard-work first thing in the morning and right before bed.

If you conquer this room, you can conquer the rest!

Psst - Closets aren’t included in this post, for that area, they have an entire post dedicated to them here.

What is The Completely Organized & Clutter Free Series?

If you’re new here, welcome! I’m so glad you’ve invited me along to be a part of your journey to be more organized and have a clutter free home!

The idea of home as a sacred place has long held true across many generations and cultures. This sacred space can be a place for wonderful memories, blossoming relationships, and the many milestones of your family’s lives.

The Completely Organized & Clutter Free Series has surpassed all of my expectations over the last few years, evolving into something that has helped so many more people than the few I wrote it up for.

The series started as just a few tips and tricks that I picked up when my husband and I moved from a 450 sq ft apartment into a 1700 sq ft house.

Frustrated by the learning curve, I kept a trial-and-error book of tips that were a waste of time and others that were pure gold.

Through trial and error, I was able to effectively find what works best for anyone looking to stop the habitual decluttering, the unrealistic organization standards, and start implementing real life strategies to get your house back to being balanced.

The things I’ve learned from others as well what I’ve developed from just trial and error, has gone into this series to help you reclaim your home as a sacred place and have a sustainable way of keep it that way.

What you’ll find for every room

Each room is a deep dive to get you at a solid foundation for starting a new routine to stop those bad habits from keeping you from being clutter free.

Along with the quick reference checklist, each post goes into detail of how to effectively organize your home to start working with you and not against you.

The schedule of this series is completely up to you. You can start with one room and move through every day for a week, or you can go through at your own crossing one item off your list at your own pace. It’s completely up to you.

The Completely Organized & Clutter Free Series is all about finding the right balance for you, your family, and your schedule.

So many times, I spent following tutorials and finding out they just didn’t work for my own schedule. In this series, I wanted something to be diverse and inclusive enough to help others who didn’t have an entire day to declutter and organize.

Each room breaks down bit by bit what it takes to starts a new routine and builds on sustainable habits for maintaining an organized and clutter free home.

 
Learn how to completely organize and declutter your home with this in-depth room by room series. These tips and tricks have been thoroughly tested & are used by professionals to keep their house spotless and functional. In this article, your bedroom will be perfected with these simple, easy steps. Includes a printable worksheet! #organization #home #declutter #organizemyhome #clutterfree
 

Don’t forget your checklist!

Don’t forget to grab your quick reference checklist that goes with this room by entering in your info in the form below!

This checklist will help you to stay on track when you’re in the middle of going through your room. Along with keeping you focused, this checklist will also help to pin-point how you want this room to function and how it needs to work for your lifestyle.

Enter in your info below and you’ll receive an email with your checklist inside! You’ll also receive an exclusive bonus guide just for grabbing your checklist!

Curious about more posts like this?

There’s a lot more posts like this over at the Home & Organization hub! There’s plenty of articles to help you find real life solutions with results that are tailored to your lifestyle.

For more of this series, each post and all of the bonus content can be found on the Completely Organized & Clutter Free Series main page.

Checklist Prep Work & Planning

Take some time to write out your checklist before you dive into your session. Each section has simple, easy to follow ways to get the most out of your time and your energy, so your organization and decluttering won’t be unnecessarily taxing.

These methods will help you to better understand where you need the most function and what can be taken out to clear for space.

I’m a fan of white space, so sometimes having nothing in an area after your initial round will help tremendously as time goes on. Room functions change, so having a white space option is always better than having to rethink your whole room over and over.  

 
Learn how to completely organize and declutter your home with this in-depth room by room series. These tips and tricks have been thoroughly tested & are used by professionals to keep their house spotless and functional. In this article, your bedroom will be perfected with these simple, easy steps. Includes a printable worksheet! #organization #home #declutter #organizemyhome #clutterfree
 

Gathering Up Items

Any time you’re tackling a big decluttering project, take a walk around the rest of your house before you begin. Look for anything bedroom related that may have snuck into another room.

If you’re not sure, take your checklist with you and refer to the top three functions you listed for here. Around the house, collect the items that will help you get to those top three!

These don’t have to be profound, sometimes just a nice picture frame will help to add tranquility if that’s apart of your top choice.

Psst - If you forget an item or there’s something hidden in a drawer, don’t worry, you can always move these back to it’s place later! Just focus on grabbing the plain sight ones.

The same “rehoming” goes for anything that made it’s way into your bedroom that could be repurposed elsewhere. Set those items that aren’t listed on your checklist where they belong or set them out of the way for now.

Since bedrooms tend to catch everything tossed at them, this project may have extra non-bedroom items listed on your checklist when you’re listing out what’s important. If your bedroom doubles as a family hang out spot at the end of the night, list those things that you need to make the most of that time.

Once everything is gathered up and shuffled in or out of your room, it’s time to dive into some sorting!

Categorizing & Sorting

On your checklist, there are several lines to list out categories for your items. If you’re finding some things difficult to categorize, remember to keep it simple.

It’s so easy to overthink and list out all of these micro-categories of what’s in your bedroom. For example, don’t list out “jewelry,” “scarfs,” and so on, make a category just for accessories. This way you can get through the bulk of your items and dive into micro-categories once you’ve gone through the bulk.

Anytime you’re decluttering or about to clear some serious clutter, think of this time as a way to start big and begin working smaller and smaller once you’ve completed a big round.

Using the example above, start with all accessories and then move on to smaller categories (jewelry, scarfs,) and then smaller ones (work jewelry, rings, necklaces) after that.

If you’re pressed for time and still want to sort through clutter, my biggest tip is to take it category by category. When you categorize your items before you sort and declutter them, you give yourself “built-in” breaks to pause or pick up easily without a big mess.

Decluttering Your Bedroom

Now it’s time to sit down and go through one category at a time. To keep it simple and time effective, stick with one category instead of trying to do all of it all at once. Give yourself some breathing room and no need to rush.

Whichever category you choose is up to you! Usually, I’ll start with my largest one so I can get it out of the way. Eat the frog, right? But you can start small and work up to your big categories!

On your first category, we’re going to use a two-bin sort for our decluttering method to begin. This method works well because it’s more effective then multiple sorting categories right off of the bat.

For your first major round of decluttering, two-bin-system keeps it simple and doesn’t send you into decision overwhelm. Yuck.

For your two bins in your bedroom, the two bins that I’ve had the most success with are Daily Use and Not Used. As simple as that!

Bedroom items are easy to overthink, so take your time and keep it simple by going back to your top three functions you listed out your checklist.

In a pickle? Ask yourself: “How will this item improve my top three? Does it align with my top three?” If there’s hesitation or there’s not a great answer, chances are it’s probably in the wrong room or just no longer serving you.

When in doubt, ask yourself those two questions.  

DAILY USE Bin

These are the items you use constantly. Use the term “daily” loosely here, since some items fall into the weekly category or Monday through Friday daily, like an alarm clock or blanket.

These items will have the invitation to come back into your clutter free bedroom.

If you’re in a multi-use space, then this list could be a bit longer. The key is to have a useful spot for these daily items to go back to and have room for other items.

When you’re in the midst of decluttering, the daily use items get first dibs as to where they’ll go to first. Don’t short change yourself with your go-to item being buried in a drawer!

Not Used Bin

These items can be donated if they are in good shape and not broken. These can be a lamp that you may or may not use anymore, or maybe a bed-set or sheet set.

I’m always on the fence about keeping something to sell at a consignment store or sell at a yard-sale. I’ve run into so many times where I’ve had the same item that I was going to take to a consignment shop that just sat in my basement for months.

There are a lot of people who benefit from selling items in their Not Used Bin, and it’s completely up to you if you want to make some extra cash from something you’re not using. It’s like couch cushion money!

Don’t let what happened to me happen to you. Don’t let those items you’re trying to free yourself from end up out of sight in storage with the hopeful thought of “using it for later.” Sometimes we’re not able to lug the item to an antique store or have time to even think about bringing it to a store, and that’s okay.

Keeping your house sacred means not being burdened by the “I’ll get to that later” type of items. Sometimes we stall because there’s emotional clutter still tied to the items. Work through these before shuffling them up to the attic.

If you’re finding yourself struggling with decluttering, go back to the two questions from above. “How will this item improve my top three? Does it align with my top three?” If there’s hesitation or there’s not a great answer, chances are it’s probably in the wrong room or just no longer serving you.

Most towns (even my small town!) has a specialty pick up service for large items. Give them a call and they can give you details on where to recycle, what to recycle, and they can even come pick something up that’s too big for you to get rid of.

Never hesitate to reach out for help when you’re getting rid of things.

Once all of your items have been sorted, it’s time to move on to the next category! Work with this two-bin-system to go through each of the other categories you’ve listed on your checklist.

Take your time, work small but vast, and just keep it simple. And remember, you got this!

 
Learn how to completely organize and declutter your home with this in-depth room by room series. These tips and tricks have been thoroughly tested & are used by professionals to keep their house spotless and functional. In this article, your bedroom will be perfected with these simple, easy steps. Includes a printable worksheet! #organization #home #declutter #organizemyhome #clutterfree
 

ORGANIZING Your Bedroom

Organizing is my long time passion. It sounds a bit cheesy, but I’ve always been someone who really enjoys organizing.

I love when things are exactly where I need them to be and takes the frustration out of running all over trying to find it. When we talk organizing, that’s the feeling that I’m absolutely obsessed with. That feeling of never having to worry if I have to fight over twenty other things to get something that I use frequently.

Ah, what a goal, right?

That’s the type of organization that I want you to think of for this part. We’re going to deep dive into really going back to what you need and how you want your bedroom to function.

On your checklist, we’re going to look back at what you want this room’s functions to be as well as how you mapped out your room. Take some time to look over these two points to see where you need white space and where you need something to function.

First, let’s start with your bulky items, so you can get the major parts out of the way first.

I’m always a lot more successful when I get the main pieces in the room down first instead of working in the smaller pieces after I set down one big piece.

For example, set up your bed-frame first before you lug in your bedsheets and everything smaller than goes with your frame. Get your bare bones first then we’ll figure out the details.

Large, Furniture Items

On your checklist, you have your room already mapped out. Bring what you listed on your top items in and place them where you planned them.

I really enjoy this exercise because it allows you design and rethink your room in a more functioning way without having to lug everything around. I know I tend to neglect this room in terms of rearranging it, so this is a perfect way to get a fresh start!

If you really want to spice up your room, take measurements of your big items and your wall dimensions to really get a feel of if something is going to fit. You can make some really amazing design changes and brainstorms before even lifting a single finger. My favorite!

Let’s get detailed

Once all of your big items are back in and placed how you want them, now it’s time to add in your details.

Before you go straight into it, don’t forget to see where you can keep some white space. This could be a nightstand top, maybe just a wall with nothing in front of it, the choice is up to you! But I want to challenge you to have at least one white space in your bedroom for this first round.

On your checklist, go back to your categories and start one by one. It’s so easy to want to rush everything in and be done, but this is where bad habits start back up!

Category by category, take a look and move back in your most frequently used ones from your Daily Use Bin. With each item, find a home that will give you the most use without the hassle of moving things around.

For example, if you know you have a glass of water on your night stand every night, be sure your table lamp is easily accessible even if there was a glass of water there.

During the detail part of organization, you may find that you have run out of room. This is perfectly natural and happens the first time you go through a major clutter purge.

If you run out of room, go back to your go back to the two questions from above. “How will this item improve my top three? Does it align with my top three?” If there’s hesitation or there’s not a great answer, chances are it’s probably in the wrong room or just no longer serving you.

Running out of room usually means you need a bit more time on that category for decluttering. Ask yourself those questions while you have those types of items in front of you.

Also, sometimes furniture can just be too bulky for a room. Don’t be hard on yourself if you’re still shimmying around your bed and a wall. When the time comes, you can always look for smaller furniture that fits your space needs.

For right now, stay focused on the smaller details and where you can put your most used and where.

 
Learn how to completely organize and declutter your home with this in-depth room by room series. These tips and tricks have been thoroughly tested & are used by professionals to keep their house spotless and functional. In this article, your bedroom will be perfected with these simple, easy steps. Includes a printable worksheet! #organization #home #declutter #organizemyhome #clutterfree
 

What can we organize & declutter next?

Don’t forget to grab your quick reference checklist that goes with this room by entering in your info in the form below!

This checklist will help you to stay on track when you’re in the middle of going through your room. Along with keeping you focused, this checklist will also help to pin-point how you want this room to function and how it needs to work for your lifestyle.

Enter in your info below and you’ll receive an email with your checklist inside! You’ll also receive an exclusive bonus guide just for grabbing your checklist!

When you’re ready to move onto your next room, don’t forget to check out the main page for The Completely Organized and Clutter Free Series here.

On this page, you’ll find each room and its corresponding article. Need some time to decompress from this project? Each room is independent, so it doesn’t rely on completing one room before or after another. When you’re ready, start your next decluttering and organization project here!

To help you after your initial declutter and organization, I’ve also compiled everything you need to keep your house clutter free and organized without having to do big projects like this often.

In the Completely Organized & Clutter Free Companion Guide, I’ve compiled everything you need to break bad habits that lead to disorganization and clutter, as well as the tools you’ll need to stay proactive in keeping your house sacred.

From customizable calendars, detailed checklists, to a beautiful organizational binder that will finally get your storage areas under control, the Completely Organized & Clutter Free Companion Guide is made to help you build up lifelong habits to keep your house functional and headache free.

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