An organized bedroom leads to better sleep, health and possibly even more romance between the sheets.
“Truthfully, when things are cluttered, that affects your sleep,” says Susan Stewart, owner of highly rated Perfectly Placed Organization & Design, located in St. Louis and Phoenix. “You feel distracted. You don’t feel good, and you don’t feel like having sex.”
She adds that cluttered bedrooms lead to dust and allergen buildup, which negatively impacts your overall health.
“The bedroom is one of those places where people tend to stash things because it’s least likely to be seen by visitors,” Stewart says. “So sometimes, it’s at the bottom of the totem pole. But it’s really important.”
Check out these bedroom organization tips to clean up the mess and reclaim your bedroom as your romantic retreat or evening getaway.
Clutter comes in faster than it goes out. Make an inventory of what you have and what you need. Chances are there are clothes in the back of the closet or bottom of the drawers that you haven’t worn in a while. Get rid of them. Stewart suggests a storage solution: Keep a drawer labeled “donations,” so when you try on something you don’t like, you put it there rather than back in the closet.
For walk-in closets, Stewart recommends moving the dresser into the closet to create a dressing room. This way you aren’t running back and forth between your drawers and closet in the morning trying to put together an outfit. In tight spaces, use stackable plastic drawers, baskets or bins in place of a dresser.
Try to find a new space for your home office. If you don’t have an extra room, you could use a corner of the dining room or kitchen. However, if limited space requires including a home office in your bedroom, Tammy Atchison, owner of highly rated The Busy Corner in Houston, says to keep it confined to one corner or one wall. This way the workplace doesn’t spill over to where you relax. Hang a curtain if you want to completely divide the area.
Use a filing cabinet and a desk that has multiple drawers to organize all that paper clutter. Being reminded of all those bills you have to pay surely will keep you distracted when you’re trying to unwind from the stress of the day.
Neitra Blair, owner of highly rated Organizing Lifestyles in Houston, recommends keeping an ottoman at the foot of the bed to store extra pillows and blankets.
Also, a nightstand can be your best friend, but only if used correctly. “It doesn’t have to be a junk-holding facility,” Blair says. “The nightstand has a purpose.”
She recommends keeping it organized based on what you do before you go to bed. “If you read at night, keep one drawer filled with books,” Blair says. “If you write, put a journal and pen on it.” However, don’t let books overwhelm your nightstand. Once you’re finished with a couple, move them to your library/bookshelf, pass them along to a friend or donate them.
Blair recommends under-the-bed storage containers to keep the room as clear as possible. Eileen Harkness, owner of highly rated Space Matters of Washington D.C., says to label any bins, itemizing what’s in them.
Harkness also recommends using vertical space in the closet and the backs of doors. She says to mimic what works for others. “Pinterest has great ideas for additional storage,” Harkness says. “Copy a friend’s idea. Floating cabinets can utilize wall space.”
Overall, it’s important that you don’t make your bedroom the “catch-all” room, according to Atchison.
“Your bedroom should be a peaceful place to escape and not worry about work or other things,” Stewart says. “So think about creating a space that seems more like an oasis.”
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This article was written by Stephanie Snay of Angie’s List.