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Several months ago the cable guy was at our house working on our poor connection. My husband showed him where the cable came out of the wall in our bedroom and he began replacing the cable and splitter and asking a few questions. When I answered one of his questions, he looked at me as if he wasn’t talking to me and replied, “Well I see where your stuff is!” Pointing at the small metal trash can that was full of brushes, hair spray and a blow dryer. Even if my “stuff” was in the trash I thought it was odd that he would point that out…anyway, this (never used as an actual trash can) “trash can” is where I keep my blow dryer, brushes, hair spray,  and hair clips to use for styling. I love it because I can leave my blow dryer plugged in, toss everything in there and it fits so nicely under my vanity!


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If you happen to have an abundance of bedroom closet space, then you will find this information useless. But if  you are like most of us and you need more storage spots in your bedroom, then read on…

Remember that post on bathrooms “Don’t Stash it, Display it!”? Well, think the opposite for your bedroom…don’t exactly stash it, but organize and hide it. I like for my bedroom to be as simple as possible, for me this makes rest and relaxation come more naturally. So what’s the best way to keep things out of sight yet still organized? BUILT IN CABINETS! Now, if built in cabinets will send your bedroom budget over the top, there are many lower cost solutions. Several cheap shelves/bookcases lining one wall will work wonderfully filled with baskets, shoes, neatly folded clothes, and whatever else was left in your piles when you went on your de-cluttering adventure. Just remember to assign everything a home, don’t start tucking things in places. For extra motivation to keep things in their place — label the shelves! I recommend leaving these shelves exposed, hiding them will only give you less reason to keep them tidy. If you just can’t stand to leave them open, you could hang a sheer or linen curtain on a tension rod just under the very top of the bookcase, or if your bedroom is large enough you could set up a tri-fold screen/room divider in front of them. When lining several bookcases against a wall you may want to secure them to the wall, especially if your bedroom floors are carpeted. Here’s a few bookcases/shelves that you may wanna check out if you plan on doing this…

A bookcase at Wal*Mart for only $24.99 makes it easier to buy several to line a wall.

The EXPEDIT Series from IKEA is very versatile, sturdy, and can even be used as room dividers if necessary. IKEA also sells different styles of baskets that will fit into this shelf like drawers!

These shorter bookcases would fit nicely under a window.

Once our “library” outgrew it’s old bookshelf we decided to “build” a headboard out of it, giving us several shelves right next to the bed. We left the middle section out and I sanded and painted the shelves and a narrow board to match. We secured the board between the two shelves for a place to put our iPod dock and two lamps. We don’t use these shelves much for storage, but they do give us a place to put things and keep our bed from looking like a mattress in the middle of the floor. The baskets on the bottom shelves give us a place to keep pillowcases and heating pads.

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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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