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12 Strategies to Declutter Your Room

Friday, December 16, 2022   /   by Laura Larson

12 Strategies to Declutter Your Room

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It's rather simple to let the things you don't want to deal with accumulate in your bedroom. As a result, it may be challenging to find the drive to organize it. It could seem pointless to declutter when so few people see inside your space. But nothing could be further from the truth. The last room you see before going to sleep at night and the first room you see in the morning, your bedroom is a precious place. It can be frustrating and challenging to unwind and get a good night's sleep in a messy bedroom.
 
We've gathered advice and insight from some of the greatest organizing and decluttering gurus in the nation to help you get started. This advice is for you. Continue reading to discover how to design a tidy, tranquil bedroom.
 
1. Home and mind will feel lighter when done
Disorganized spaces create a cluttered mind. Shannon Hruska, Executive Director with 2B Organized, notes, “as you get your room organized, you’ll notice a weight lifting off your shoulders. Removing extra furniture from the room, purging your closet, and cleaning out your overstuffed dresser drawers will bring a sense of calm. Enter the process knowing that your home and mind will feel lighter when you’re done.”
 
 2. Set aside boxes for storing, giving, and selling items.
Choosing what to keep and what to throw away is the most difficult aspect of decluttering a room full of belongings. Have a plan in place for how you will handle each thing before you begin organizing it into boxes. Can you, for instance, launch a contribution drive the next morning? Or are you going to post your stuff for sale that afternoon? You're that much closer to a tidy and peaceful bedroom if you have a strategy.
 
3. To declutter your room, start with the larger stuff.
Many people have trouble decluttering because they become preoccupied with organizing one drawer and before they realize it, an afternoon has gone by. According to Krista from Motherhood Simplified, "start with decluttering the larger surfaces in your bedrooms, such as your dressers, nightstands, and closet." When you've finished with the bigger objects, clean the inside of your drawers and closet, clearing out everything unnecessary to allow room for design ideas.
 
4. Only keep things that make you happy.
Spartan Junk Removal's Christopher Weir advises making a commitment to lessening your possessions and just keeping things that make you happy. You can start out little, he advises, "like removing one garbage bag a day, which rapidly adds up to a lot of work." You can call a cleaning company if you want your goods removed quickly. In either case, clearing out the clutter contributes to a lighter lifestyle that will go well with your makeover.
 
5. Let go of anything you haven't worn or used in the past 12 months.
According to Kim Jones of Lock and Key Home, "it's time to donate or sell anything you haven't used or worn in the past year... Once you let go, you'll be amazed at how good you'll feel."
 
Kim offers the following advice on recognizing clothing you don't often wear:
 
- Hang your clothing on hangers that are all facing the same way.
- When you're done wearing an item, turn the hanger around.
- After a few months, you'll be able to identify the clothing you seldom wear and may want to consider getting rid of it.
 
6. Zone off your space before decluttering it.
Zoning your bedroom is one of the best methods to reduce clutter. Zones are discrete locations that can be cleared out one at a time. Many people have really cluttered closets, so you should allow plenty of time for this specific chore.
 
7. When moving, prioritize what's vital.
For those who are moving, Jessica Waters from In Perfect Order has some advice. Make sure to just bring the necessary when moving, she advises. "Before you pack anything up, consider what your room is trying to tell you. Is the bed covered in candy wrappers and unwashed laundry? Do you have a lot of clothes in your drawers that don't fit you anymore or don't reflect who you are now? If so, think twice about what you want to take with you and what you want to leave behind.
 
8. Turn on some music and have fun
Sonya Fehér from spaceWise Organizing elaborates: “Make this project fun and easy by turning on some music and doing one area at a time, no matter how small. Your future self will thank you.”
 
9. Put things in categories
It can be challenging to keep clothes organized. Grouping objects that are similar together is a simple technique to aid with this. Put shirts with other shirts and pants with other pants, for instance, suggests Sara West of South Coast Organizers. Sort your things by color after they are in their respective categories. In addition to looking nice, categorizing things makes them easier to find and lets you know how many of each type of clothing you have or don't have.
 
Sort items into categories to see what you have. “Things often have a way of ending up in other rooms,” says Marie Jackson from Organized Marie. “Putting them in categories will help determine what stays, what goes, and what needs to be relocated.”
 
10. Try decluttering in stages
“With a little planning, you can remove items in stages, including shoes, sweaters, and dresses. Once they’re gone, you can sort them into categories,” notes Adriel Brophy from The Orderly Manor. “Take stock of how many items are in each category and if you really need that many. Then, figure out if an item is something you love and want to keep or something you want to get rid of. Don’t let old items clutter your new space.”
 
11. Use keepsake bins to store special items
It might be hard to organize photos, artwork, and family heirlooms. Use mementos or souvenir bins to organize these objects. It's fantastic to have a space for those precious artifacts without revealing them to the public, says Meghan Maxson, owner of Streamlined Living Colorado. Trophies, medals, special attire, art projects, awards, sentimental toys, and movie stubs are a few examples of keepsake bin contents.
 
12. Take advantage of wasted space
Getting rid of clutter frequently uncovers crevices you either overlooked or covered up with junk. Think about making imaginative use of this area for storage.