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There are many bedrooms, including guest, master, children’s, and nursery, each with different storage needs. Bedrooms occupied by more than one person have further storage arrangements to consider. One of the most important things to do before organizing a bedroom is to entirely sort out the closet. This is because clothing and related accessories tend to be the majority of the clutter found in most bedrooms. It’s easier to add items that are currently taking up bedroom space—such as jewelry, scarves, purses, footwear, and excess clothing—to an organized closet. There are logical steps designed to guide you through a bedroom organizational process. The following general organizing steps are laid out logically. Each one ends at a place that will not leave a bedroom upside down should you need to stop and start up on another day.
Step 1: Organizational Containment
Gets bags, boxes, or containers ready to conquer and divide your piles of clutter. Shoes, clothes, trinkets, electronics, music, books/magazines, toiletries, hair accessories, scarves/ties, purses, and so on are good classifications to create. Also, have containers for trash, donation, recycle, or sale. Additionally, have one for items that belong in other rooms. Label containers accordingly.
Step 2: Work On One Area At A Time
Plan to conquer one area of the room, especially when it requires a reasonable amount of time to organize properly. For example, don’t start with belongings in drawers, cabinets, or shelves. It makes more sense to create the order before pulling out more.
The floor is typically a vulnerable spot and is an excellent place to begin since many open places invite clutter. Oversized items, such as backpacks, gym bags, sports equipment, musical instruments, and laundry baskets, commonly dominate this landscape. Start organizing the floor by removing all the unwanted articles. This may entail sorting through piles of clothes and reducing them to only the ones you’ll wear. Then gather all the items that belong in other rooms of the home and return them. Next, place items into a basket or box that can be stored elsewhere in the house. For example, a tennis racket can relocate to the garage and hang from a wall organizer. Lastly, set aside all the articles that need to stay in the bedroom but require a different storage spot. The following are everyday items that find their way to bedroom floors, followed by creative ways to store them.
Clothing, Laundry Baskets or Hampers
People often stack excess clothing in laundry baskets and keep them on bedroom floors when what they should really do is discard the clothes they don’t wear to make room for those they do. This is because it’s essential to continuously downsize clothing inventories daily to prevent drawer and closet overflow instead of waiting for a time to tackle the entire wardrobe at once. Ideally, you want to hide a hamper for dirty clothing in a bedroom closet or disguise it on the bedroom floor. In a bedroom, it’s best to hide a hamper in a piece of furniture by installing a pullout drawer or basket in a cabinet component. There are also freestanding hampers disguised to look like a piece of furniture on a table or nightstand.
Blankets, Throws, and Pillows
Many times, spare blankets and pillows needed at bedtime take over the floor during the day. It’s easy to find storage solutions for them, though. End-of-the-bed storage benches, storage ottomans, chests, and under-the-bed containers can house these items and keep them close to the bed where they’re needed.
Laptops, E-Readers, Tablets, and Cell Phoners
Commonly, laptops, tablets, e-readers, and cell phones in bedrooms lie on the floor plugged into a wall outlet. Such storage arrangements place expensive electronics into a high-risk zone for breakage or liquid damage. Also, dangling cords look messy and are a tripping hazard. Instead, electronics can be housed in wall-mounted or electrical-outlet dock charging stations to secure them and get them off the floor. Desktop docking stations do the same thing from a counter. Wall shelves and wall-mounted desks can integrate power strips for charging and storing electronics. Electrical outlets placed inside drawers or cabinets can charge, hide, and safely house these items, as well.
Without storage organizers, video gaming supplies, such as batteries, video games, headphones, controllers, and the like, will easily scatter all around the television area, including the floor. It’s common for these expensive items to be stepped on and broken, which you want to avoid. Also, they’re tripping hazards, especially when the cords are not properly contained. Many organizers on the market can easily hold all gaming items in one neat central location. Some can even store a television or computer. The best ones have hooks, baskets, shelves, and racks to hold everything necessary. You could even use several different organizers, like a wall-mounted organizer for controllers and a storage bench to sit on while playing games. A gaming chair with storage is another option.
Books & Magazines
It’s never a good idea to stack books and magazines on the floor where they’re hard to see and access. It’s easy to find storage organizers because many freestanding and wall-mounted versions are available, and empty wall space is expected. Wall-mounted shelving comes in many lengths and depths, perfect for storing any size book. Track shelf organizers can be arranged with upper shelves and a deep counter-height shelf to function as a desk. Many freestanding organizers for books and magazines, such as bookshelves, come in all different configurations. Shelves on end tables, benches, and desks can also store books and magazines. Even a storage bench can be outfitted with hanging files and storage compartments to contain books and office supplies.
Footwear is often found scattered across the bedroom floor or spilling out from a crowded closet. Before locating space for footwear, get rid of the shoes and boots you don’t need or want. In tight spaces, move off-season shoes outside the bedroom, in overhead closet space, or under the bed.
In the bedroom, use inconspicuous furniture pieces that hide footwear inside a storage bench, cabinet, or drawer. For example, wheeled under-the-bed footwear storage organizers are easy to access in a convenient location for shoes and boots worn daily.
When a trash can is missing from the bedroom, food wrappers, crumpled papers, clothing tags, and the like can be everywhere, especially on the floor. Place a trash can in a central location of the bedroom or trash accumulates, such as near a desk.
Like a high-end baseball mitt, favorite or expensive pieces of sports equipment can be stored in a person’s bedroom. This is especially important considering very hot, cold, and damp garage conditions will degrade many sporting goods made of wood or leather. Similarly, moisture can mildew and rust many types of sports equipment materials. In a bedroom, keep sporting goods off the floor and in an organizer. Every sport has a specialized organizer; some are wall-mounted, and others are freestanding. Single pieces of equipment, like a ball or bat, can be placed on wall-mounted hooks, shelves, and even in a display case. Ensure that wherever you store them in the room, they’re kept away from heat sources, such as vents, humidifiers, and sunlight. Hence, they stay at a consistent temperature.
Pick the ideal storage place for an instrument; it’s essential to determine where it’s played and how often the device is taken out of the house. Such items that are frequently taken out of the home should be concealed in a carrying case in a freestanding floor rack, closet shelf, or under the bed. Musical instruments that seldom leave home can be displayed on music racks, stands, or wall-mounted organizers specifically designed for the musical instrument. Accompanying cases can be stored in a closet. Most musical pieces need a temperature-controlled environment. Elements like humidity, sunlight, and extreme cold or heat can damage wood, metal, and electronic devices. Therefore, store instruments away from windows, HVAC vents, humidifiers, and the like.