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Bedrooms are extremely hardworking spaces: as well as being the place where we sleep, they also usually house our clothes. They're where we go for a bit of quiet, where we get ready, and where we store cosmetics.
In recent years, they have even become a place to work from home. Yet, even when your bedroom is juggling all of these different purposes, there are still plenty of ways to keep your bedroom organized.
Below, we share the things that the most organized people have in their bedrooms, so once you have done some bedroom decluttering, you can find organizational buys that help to keep everything in its place.
7 things organized people have in their bedrooms
While bedrooms aren’t typically used by the whole household, they are used in a range of manners every day, which can lead to them becoming disorganized very quickly.
We tend to fall foul of some common bedroom storage mistakes that either lead to disarray or don’t help to tackle the clutter. Take note of these solutions for a calm and soothing sleep space that's easier to keep tidy.
1. The best, space-enhancing closet
There are a few simple hacks to maintaining a tidy room. One such hack was suggested by Andrew McGhee from Kelvin Wardrobes. He explained that choosing the right closet can make all the difference.
'Mirrored closet doors can completely transform your living space,' he begins.
This mirrored wooden armoire from Wayfair comes in a range of sizes and the inside layout can be customized to fit your needs easily. A mirrored closet can make the bedroom feel immediately bigger, and as Andrew McGhee points out, a fitted closet can take bedroom organization to a new level.
He explained: 'A fitted closet can feature a simple shelf and clothes hanging rail or can be upgraded to include tall shelf units, chest of drawers and additional hanging rails to maximize the storage space.'
2. Baskets and bins
Nick Valentino, homes expert at Bellhop, offered another solution for the way in which we manage our clothing: 'The simplest hack that will help you manage your bedroom clutter is a second laundry hamper.
'In addition to one hamper for dirty clothes, another for worn-but-still-clean-enough closed will make it much easier to keep your bedroom floor free of clutter.'
For anyone with an ever-growing ‘floordrobe’ or chair covered in clothes, this solution could be a game-changer. If you’re someone who may benefit, this woven double hamper from Target is a functional, textural option that will tie in with your bedroom's aesthetic.
Where you store your clothes in your bedroom is key, but so is how. Ally Raven of Organized Ally agrees that there’s a way to keep some of the larger items tidy while improving the look of the bedroom, without buying anything large like an armoire.
Raven suggested: 'In the bedroom, fabric storage bins are a great addition to keep minimally used items organized. These are great for seasonal items such as costumes or holiday attire to keep it in an easy-to-find place, but also out of sight.'
Larger items such as duvets, blankets, or even jumpers and coats can take up so much space and leave very little room for other things, causing everything to spill out. If you aren’t fortunate enough to have an attic or basement, vacuum bags can drastically reduce the amount of space these things take up, and free up a huge amount of space for extra bedroom storage.
Allyson Van Wagnen, professional organizer and CEO of Organized Indy suggested these multi-sized vacuum bags from Amazon. Vacuum bags are incredibly easy to use; all you need is a pump or vacuum cleaner, and, of course, the bags themselves.
4. Clever shoe storage
Van Wagnen says that the most organized bedrooms tackle shoe storage head-on with smart solutions that keep shoes organized, even when they're hard to stack and store in a tight space. She suggests using the vertical space in your bedroom with a shoe cabinet, similar to what you may have in your entryway.
Shoe cabinets aren’t only for the hallway according to Van Wagnen: this shoe storage cabinet from Amazon doubles up as a side table for whatever space it’s in.
5. Handy surface storage
Van Wagnen's final point was about the importance of having a tidy nightstand. A theme throughout all organization projects is the reminder to clear the surfaces, and the bedroom is no different.
There are often things we need by the side of the bed but that can make the space feel too visually busy. If your bedside table doesn’t have a drawer, or you’d rather keep things out in the open so they’re more accessible, an organization tray may be just the thing for you.
Van Wagnen suggested this luxury, faux leather set of two trays from Amazon, which comes in multiple colors. Alternatively, if you’d rather a tray with dividers, this tray complete with charging pad, also from Amazon, may be a better choice for you.
6. Stackable storage
The problem some people face is having a lot of space in their rooms which leads to a need to fill it. Unfortunately, this can mean that when you need something it's very difficult to find.
The perfect solution to the problem? Stackable, easily-accessible, storage boxes.
This pack of four storage boxes from Amazon is a great example of a simple organizing product that goes a long way in keeping your closet organized, with everything accessible. These ones in particular come with windows so that you can see exactly what you put in it and there’s limited room for confusion later, leading to you opening every box only to find what you were after in the last one.
7. Closet organizers
Closets often overspill with clothes, many of which we haven't actually worn in a while. So, the best thing to do in that situation is to be ruthless and declutter clothes that hold no sentimental value that you aren't wearing, as well as those that don't fit anymore.
Once all of that is done, the closet organizer comes in. Millie Hurst, Solved section editor at Homes and Gardens says: 'These clothes hanger connector hooks, at Amazon are great for making sure you can really see everything in your closet. If you have a tall, slim closet or hallway closet bursting at the seams, these hooks are ideal'.
Besides saving space and preventing an ever-bursting closet, Millie Hurst points out an added bonus: 'Having everything visible makes putting together transitional outfits easier and more inspiring, and if you have lots of white shirts or black T-shirts, for example, then layering them together saves space and means items you reach for all the time are right where you need them.'
Millie Hurst is Section Editor at Homes & Gardens, overseeing the Solved section, which provides readers with practical advice for their homes. Millie has written about and tried out countless cleaning and DIY hacks in the six years since she became a journalist, and has worked in both London and New York.
How do I maximize storage?
We’ve shared some tips on closet storage but if the space for that is limited, the best option is to invest in multifunctional furniture.
There are many options for this, from end-of-the-bed storage to footstools and ottomans that double up as storage spaces. These are possibly the easiest and quickest to purchase, but many beds also come with underbed storage. And don't forget to use the space on the back of doors or closet doors, as these vertical spaces can provide much-needed storage.
What can I do to maintain my organized bedroom?
For many, the problem isn’t getting the bedroom organized, but keeping it organized. It may seem simple, but the best way to keep your bedroom organized is to dedicate time to it. It could be putting things where they’re supposed to be as you go, or scheduling time in your calendar for tidying and organizing.
Take time to consider what works for you, your lifestyle, and your taste, whether it be the vacuum bags, a fitted closet, or some good shoe storage, and bedroom tidying will feel less of a chore.
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Ije Teunissen-Oligboh is an NCTJ qualified journalist with a love of home decor and design, who has written for a range of publications ranging from The Sun to The Independent. While designing and replanning her own home, Ije enjoys baking, cooking, sports, and is studying for a garden design diploma.
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