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How to Declutter Your Room (2023 Guide)

Clutter can accumulate quickly in a bedroom, but getting rid of it doesn’t have to be torture. Here’s how to declutter your room in a few simple steps:

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Decluttering a bedroom can be a spiritual experience and a practice of mindfulness that involves setting intentions and feeling gratitude. For some people, having a decluttered bedroom is part of a life philosophy to keep visual clutter from interrupting their peace of mind.

Still, it’s fair to say that most people clean out of necessity rather than spiritual fulfillment, and that’s fine, too. You can benefit from thinking big-picture about your space and how you want to use it, even if you’re not a minimalist.

We’ll walk you through how to declutter your room, how to clean once the clutter’s gone, and—most importantly—how to maintain a clutter-free space.



6 Steps to Decluttering Your Room

Although there is no one method to go about decluttering your environment, following these six ideas can help you stay on track.
Consider Function

Consider Function

If your home is seriously disorganized and you haven’t decluttered in a while, you might want to reconsider how you use the space. You might not have a decent designated site to put anything if you’re always accumulating piles in one location, such as clothes on an empty chair or opened mail on a desk.

Consider the places you want to keep free and how you can make better use of the drawer or closet space you already have to accomplish that.
Restore items to other rooms.

Return things to their place

Because it’s convenient, your bedroom may end up being used as a holding area for items that should be kept elsewhere in the house. By putting things back where they go, you may frequently get rid of a layer of clutter.

Don’t accidentally move the mess about your home by being careless. Put paperwork in your home office, put cups or dishes in the kitchen, hang clean clothes on hangers, return linens to the linen closet, and so forth.
beginning with the floors

Begin with the Floors

Start by leaving some vacant space on the floor so you may move around the room and continue organizing. Put shoes away, return books to the shelves, and place soiled clothes in the washing basket. Make a note of the items that frequently wind up on the floor and set out to locate a more appropriate home for them.
Create a minimum of two piles.

Make Multiple Piles

Moving things around won’t do it; you’ll also need to get rid of things you don’t need. Before assigning items to permanent storage space, sort them into piles, boxes, or bags.

You can categorize as broadly as the following five groups or as precisely as one pile to preserve and one to discard.

  • Keep: These are things you frequently use that you should keep nearby.
  • Store: Anything you only seldom or seasonally use, like heavy blankets or out-of-season clothing, can be placed in long-term or out-of-the-way storage.
  • Trash: Have a sizable garbage bag on available for goods that can’t be repaired or are worn out or broken.
    Verify your local regulations, but it’s possible to recycle old papers, ripped books, cardboard boxes, and plastic containers.
  • Donate: Make sure that used but unwanted products find their way to someone in need, whether you do this by giving them to a friend or Goodwill.

Also, you might want a special spot set aside for sentimental goods so they don’t get misplaced or lost. Whichever option you choose, be truthful about how much storage space you actually need. Remembering that someone else might utilize something you don’t can be made easier by creating a pile specifically for giveaways or donations.

Take It One Area at a Time

Many people decide to tackle one part of a room at a time, whether it’s a closet crammed with trinkets or a set of overcrowded dresser drawers. It’s a simple technique to divide a big clutter issue into multiple smaller ones. You can take a step back and admire the cleared space after decluttering, say, your vanity.

You can occasionally use this technique to maximize your time. For instance, if you only have 30 minutes to work on the job today, focus on a smaller space, like a nightstand, and leave the closet for the weekend when you have more time.

Tackle One Type Item at a Time

Another option is to go through one category of items at a time, such as clothes, shoes, books, or documents. Marie Kondo is renowned for her advice to organize by category rather than by location. You can get rid of duplicate or pointless objects using this method.



How to Clean Your Room After Decluttering

Once the clutter’s gone, you’ve got a perfect opportunity to give your room a deep clean while there’s nothing—or at least much less—to get in the way. Though there’s no step-by-step order set in stone, cleaning certain things before others can produce a better overall result. Here are some simple steps for cleaning your primary bedroom.

  1. Do laundry: Take your dirty clothes to the laundry room, and get them in the wash while you do the rest of your cleaning. Don’t forget to include your bed sheets and blankets.
  2. Dust: Start with fan blades and high shelves since dust will travel downward, and you don’t want to clean things twice. Don’t forget the tops of picture frames, door frames, televisions, window blinds, and other small horizontal spaces.
  3. Wipe down surfaces: If dresser tops, nightstands, or other surfaces need extra care, use a damp cloth with an all-purpose cleaner or antibacterial wipe to clean them.
  4. Vacuum: Pay special attention to the areas that tend to gather clutter now that you’ve tidied up. If your vacuum has a hose attachment, you can also take this opportunity to vacuum between the couch and chair cushions or along the seams of your mattress.
  5. Clean glass: You can wipe down windows and mirrors with glass cleaner or a mixture of white vinegar, dish soap, and water.
  6. Take out the trash: This will include wipes, paper towels, or non-reusable rags you used to clean.
  7. Put away clean clothes: If your laundry’s done, don’t leave it sitting around in your sleeping space to fold or hang up later; go ahead and do it now.
  8. Remake the bed: Putting fresh sheets on the bed is a great way to cap off a cleaning day.



How to Keep Your Bedroom Clutter-free

Often, it’s less challenging to declutter a bedroom than to keep clutter away for more than a few days. While you’ll need to find a method that works for you, here are some suggestions for preventing clutter from building back up.

Declutter Regularly

Unfortunately, there’s no real secret to keeping a clutter-free bedroom; you must keep on top of the clutter. The exact way you go about this is up to you. You can resolve to put everything away right after you use it, and if this method works for you, great! 

Most of us will need to set aside time, perhaps once a week, for tidying up. The good news is that the more regularly you clean up, the less time it will take. 

Clean Out Your Closet Regularly

If you frequently buy the latest fashions, it’s a good idea to let go of clothes you no longer wear. Things that end up out of sight in the back of your closet are probably clothes you don’t wear very often, but someone else might. 

You can try to sell them at brick-and-mortar or online consignment shops or donate them to local charities. Many charitable organizations are always on the lookout for business wear in particular.

Look into Storage Solutions

Sometimes, clutter happens when you don’t have a suitable place to put things. Luckily, there are myriad innovative ways to use even small storage spaces.

Take advantage of under-bed storage with long, flat boxes or bins. Use drawer dividers to keep even small items sorted. Make use of your wall space by installing shelves. You can often find pieces of furniture, such as benches or tables, with built-in storage.

While plenty of stores offer storage solutions to fit your bedroom decor, maximizing space doesn’t have to mean spending a lot of money. For example, you can put headphones and charging cords in toilet paper tubes and store them on end in a shoebox. If you’re wondering how to store it, chances are someone’s made a blog post or TikTok showing you how they solved the same problem.

Hire a Professional Organizer

If your clutter problem outlasts your DIY motivation, you can always call in a professional for help. A professional organizer is part interior designer and part life coach and can act as a nonjudgmental facilitator for helping you reach your cleaning goals. They will enable you to figure out where to store things and also teach methods that make it easier to keep your room and home clutter-free.



Our Recommendation

The best way to declutter your room is to start now instead of putting it off. Remember that you don’t have to do it all at once. Some people prefer to take a weekend and tackle the whole problem, but others may find it less overwhelming to do a little at a time. Whichever method you choose, don’t let yourself get discouraged. Set small goals, and reward yourself for achieving them.


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