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Tackling your whole bedroom at once can be quite overwhelming — so don’t. I’ve made a little step-by-step bedroom de-clutter guide in the form of a list, cause I like lists…and they’re organized 🙂

Here’s what you will need for this de-cluttering adventure…

-Several garbage bags

-Permanent marker and paper

-Plastic storage containers


  • First, make your bed…this gives a nice surface to work on.
  • Start by going around your bedroom and simply putting things in the general area they need to be in — if you don’t know the area, just put like things together. Pay no attention to trying to make things neat and tidy at this point, just get it all sorted.
  • Once this is done, focus first on your closet. Are you ready for this? Okay, now pull everything OUT of your closet — trust me, this is the best way to figure out what all is in there and where it needs to go.
  • Keep going with the sorted piles of things, now adding the following piles…Donate/give away(trash bag or box), Trash(trash bag), Storage(plastic storage container), and Things That Go in Other Rooms (box)
  • Make sure to go ahead and put the trash and donation items into bags so that you don’t end up going through it all in in about 20 minutes! At this point it really helps me to get paper and a marker and write out signs for all of these piles.
  • Start Sorting!
  • Begin hanging items you want to keep in your closet. Deciding what to keep is not my strong suit — the “rule” is if you haven’t worn it in the past year then get rid of it, but I’d be a major hypocrite if I said that — so use your own judgement there. I keep way too many of my clothes, so just try to be realistic and organize them…
  • Hang clothes in an “order”…I start on the left with tank tops (if you wanna get really particular, I sort them according to style/type), fitted t-shirts, other shirts sorted by sleeve length, sweaters, jeans, other pants, skirts, dresses. Another way of doing this would be shirts and pants separately sorted by color.
  • For now it would be best to sort other closet items (shoes, scarves, hats, purses etc.) into boxes to be placed in the bottom and top of your closet, assuming your closet is large enough. Once you figure out how much of this stuff you have, then you can think about storage containers, shelving etc…but that’s later.
  • If you don’t have a belt hanger or rack, hook them over the hook of the hanger.
  • If you happen to have an abundance of closet rod space you could hang your flip flops on homemade flip flop hangers as seen here on — don’t get sidetracked, for now just put them in the box with shoes!
  • When your closet starts to look like a closet again, move on to your dresser or drawer system.
  • Yep, pull it all out and start with an empty dresser (more later on my drawer system).
  • When all of your clothes are put away, move onto other piles.
  • Just generalizing, your piles probably have something to do with “getting ready” and “bedside stuff”. If you have a desk in your bedroom, tackle that separately or save it for last.
  • If you already have a nightstand of some sort then clean it out and use it only for things that you use at bedtime or in the morning. More on that later this week.
  • Now for the “getting ready” stuff…this can vary widely depending on how much time and effort you put into “getting ready”, how much “getting ready” stuff you have, and how much space you have for this sort of thing. I will be doing a more detailed post on this later in the week, for now just keep it all in the same general area.
  • Look around the room and sort out any stray items.
  • Set up a space for dirty clothes, near your closet/dressing area and a place for not-quite-dirty-not-quite-clean clothes such as what I did here.

At this point your bedroom should be looking a lot more organized, don’t forget to sort out all of the stuff that belongs in other rooms, take your trash out, and go immediately to wherever you donate things — these things clutter up space and somehow tend to work their way back into our lives.

The next couple posts will be focused on specific areas of the bedroom — check back for tips and storage ideas for your sorted piles of bedroom stuff!


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