How to Organize Your Bedroom on Nearly Any Budget
Declutter and organize a bedroom with ideas that address your storage needs and work with your budget
Set your goals. Consider the room’s size and intended purpose, whether it’s a primary bedroom, a child’s bedroom or a guest bedroom. Think about your budget, your home’s style and the decor in other parts of the house.
Your goal might be to turn your primary bedroom into a relaxing retreat, or perhaps your guest bedroom needs to be reimagined to accommodate a home office. I recommend writing down your goals to help keep you motivated during the process.
Some of my clients get stuck because they struggle with their style and design preferences. For these clients, I recommend creating a Houzz ideabook. Browse and save bedroom photos by room type, whether you’re looking for ideas for a primary bedroom, a guest room or a child’s bedroom. This may help you better conceptualize your style and ideas for the room.
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Cull books and magazines from the nightstand and hang up clothing draped over chairs. Clear out clutter accumulated on flat surfaces, such as water bottles, receipts or hair ties. Think about paring down knickknacks and small decor from the tops of dressers. Perhaps it’s time to donate some of the decorative pillows and blankets that may be crowding the bed. Clear away anything that belongs in another part of the house.
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Note: If you use your exercise bike or workstation on a regular basis and don’t have another location for it, please leave it where it is.
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Since the holidays are approaching and out-of-town guests may be arriving, now might be the time to make decisions about these items. If you’re no longer using something, it may be occupying valuable square footage that could be put to better use. I recommend donating anything that’s keeping you from your goal for the space.
If you have clothes, toys or books you’d like to save for a younger sibling, I recommend removing them from prime storage areas and placing them in a container to store at the top of a closet or another out-of-the-way storage area.
Perhaps your child receives hand-me-downs from older cousins or friends. In my experience with clients, this can be both a blessing and a curse. Sometimes drawers and closets become overcrowded with too much stuff, making it difficult for the child to find things and put them away.
Consider being selective about the items you introduce into your child’s bedroom. If they already have an overabundance of toys and clothes, perhaps select one or two special things and donate the rest.
Drawer organizers and dividers. I always recommend drawer organizers or dividers for my clients’ dresser drawers. If budget is a concern, consider using shoeboxes or other small boxes you may already have.
New drawer organizers are available at several price points. They come in various materials, including plastic, basketweave, bamboo and fabric-lined cardboard, as well as in many shapes and sizes. Drawer dividers are generally made of bamboo or plastic and are adjustable to fit the size of your drawers. Be sure to measure your drawers carefully (including the height) before purchasing anything.
In this photo, fabric-lined boxes keep small items like bras and panties organized and easy to find.
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Bed with storage. A bed with built-in drawers underneath can be useful in a small bedroom that can’t accommodate a dresser — or has additional storage needs.
I also recommend thin plastic containers that fit under some beds to store out-of-season clothing. Be sure to measure the height under your bed before ordering.
Wall bed or Murphy bed. A wall bed is a luxury solution for anyone who needs a bedroom that will serve multiple purposes.
Some of my clients with larger budgets install wall beds in bedrooms that double as home offices or exercise studios. The bed can be folded up into the wall, leaving space for other activities. Often, the mattress on a Murphy bed is more comfortable than the mattress on a standard sofa bed.
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After defining your goals, start with culling and removing anything that doesn’t belong in the space. For some, this can be a daunting process.
When you’re finished decluttering, reward yourself by searching for photos on Houzz of your dream bedroom. With more concrete goals in mind, you may be motivated to continue the process and make your aspirations a reality.
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