Do you dream of a relaxing, tidy, and inviting bedroom, but are faced with the reality of clutter creeping into every space? Do you lie in bed unable to relax properly because your surfaces have belongings on them? We feel your pain.
Small bedrooms in particular are susceptible to feeling overwhelmed with ‘stuff’. This is even more true now that bedrooms frequently double as home offices, with desks and computers taking up valuable floor and storage space.
Having helped our customers to create their perfect homes for many years, at Modern Homes we know a thing or two about how to keep your bedroom clean, organised, and clutter-free.
Clutter, especially in small bedrooms, raises our stress levels, so it’s not only detrimental to both relaxation and sleep but also hinders productivity, if used as a workspace. On the flip side, a tidy and organised space increases your ability to focus, reduces stress, and means your home is easier to keep clean. Plus, in all honesty, it looks better too.
If you’re ready to overhaul your bedroom, you’ve come to the right place. Keep scrolling to read five top tips for creating a well-kept and organised bedroom.
1. Use the space under your bed
If you’re looking to create a more balanced and clutter-free bedroom, it’s important to use every inch of the space to maximum effect and get savvy with your storage. That means not only using obvious storage choices like wardrobes and dressers, but also less obvious choices – such as under the bed, which is otherwise wasted space.
Your bed is often the largest piece of bedroom furniture, with double beds taking up around 6ft in length and 5ft in width of floor space. By investing in storage boxes, you can use up the entirety of that space, and it’s the perfect place to store spare bed linen and towels, as well as clothing that’s only worn seasonally.
If you’re not keen on exposed storage boxes underneath a bed, a storage bed with drawers or an ottoman bed is a great option, providing you with a hidden storage space that’s effectively the same size as your bed.
You can make the most of the space by investing in vacuum storage bags and a label maker to pack in as much as possible whilst staying organised. After all, you’ll want to know exactly where your winter boots are when you need them.
2. Try a daily five-minute reset
We all know there are never enough hours in the day, that’s just a fact. But what if we told you that staying organised doesn’t need to take hours, but just five minutes a day? By dedicating just a small amount of time every day to staying on top of your bedroom organisation, you save yourself hours of deep cleaning and reorganising – not to mention the frustration when something important goes missing!
‘A reset a day keeps the floordrobe away!’
Every morning after you’ve got up and ready for the day, make your bed and reset your bedroom by putting anything away that’s out of place. Making a daily reset part of your daily routine means you’ll start to tidy up without even thinking about it.
We recommend that before going to bed, you should firstly remove anything that doesn’t belong in your bedroom (mugs, dirty laundry, rubbish etc), then put everything that does belong there back in its rightful place (clothes on hangers, books on shelves, and jewellery in a trinket tray). If you’re feeling extra organised and have the energy, a quick wipe of any surfaces helps to keep the space looking and feeling fresh and clean. The storage options on Amazon are many and varied, and you can find boxes, baskets, and trays of all shapes and sizes to suit your budget.
3. Move any furniture to create a balanced space
Look at your bedroom and ask yourself: is the room arranged to use the lightest, brightest spot possible? You can find out more about bedroom lighting here. Is there adequate empty space, both on the floor and on the walls to make the room feel airy?
You ideally need space on both sides of the bed for a bedside table to ensure symmetry in the room. We would also advise having a bed headboard to help protect the wall and frame the bed area.
Consider the practicalities of the room, making sure it’s easy to move around and doesn’t feel too enclosed. You may want to consider replacing bulky furniture with more streamlined options, especially those more fitting with your current storage needs.
4. Keep a clear bedside table
We’re all guilty of turning our bedside table into the home for anything and everything. From used mugs to phone chargers and piles of magazines, the bedside table quickly becomes the place for everything that doesn’t have a place. To keep your bedside clear, stick to the rule that only items that relate to sleep or have a practical purpose should have a place. That can include things like lamps, aromatherapy diffusers and, if needed, a spot for your glasses and phone, too! Say goodbye to everything else.
‘Don’t make your bedside table a dumping ground for a restful night’s sleep, have only those things by your bedside that you need to aid sleep. Less clutter means calmer and more sleep.’
5. Invest in new storage and furniture
It’s all well and good knowing that you should tidy everything away, but what if you don’t have anywhere to tidy it away? Without the proper organisational tools to clear clutter, you’re setting yourself up to fail.
Storage baskets that come in sets are a great option for easy clean-ups because you can throw whatever you need inside and hide it away. You’ll have laundry, linen and shoes cleared up in seconds. Furniture with dual purposes is also handy – mirrors with hidden storage, clothing rails that include shoe racks and ottoman beds all kill two birds with one stone.
It’s also important to have furniture that realistically fits the size of the room, so nothing is vying for space. This is particularly true in the case of beds.
Having a bed that fits comfortably within the room will allow you to have additional freestanding storage options such as wardrobes and drawers whilst avoiding looking too busy in a space that should ideally be promoting a sense of calm.
If you’re considering buying a new wardrobe, speak to us first as we’ve been designing bedrooms for many years so we may just have some ideas.
If your home is looking embarrassingly cluttered, we may be able to help. Get in touch today for a no-obligation chat.