Declutter Your Home: Organization Tips for the Bedroom

The smartest investment of time and money you can make may be to declutter your home.

| November/December 2008

  • Viva Terra's Bamboo Inside & Out Coverlet is filled with 100 percent bamboo batting, not synthetics. The accompanyng bamboo sham is silky and sustainable.
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  • If you like a bold look, choose a few vibrant pieces so everything else can stay basic.
  • With its earthen tiles, glass doors, clay walls and rich wood, this bedrooms's décor is texture, not clutter.
    Photo By Seth Tice-Lewis
  • A moveable garment rack offers compact storage without inviting clutter as dressers do. This bamboo version from The Container Store costs $130.
    Photo Courtesy of The Container Store.
  • Keep laundry organized in attractive, natural baskets such as the Rectangular Palm Leaf Basket from The Container Store.
    Photo Courtesy of The Container Store
  • Choose organic or reused linen in white or basic solids so matching is never an issue. Haven Organics bedding is available at Macy's nationwide.
    Photo Courtesy of Haven Organics
  • Limiting the amount of furniture in your bedroom showcases heirloom-quality pieces.
    Photo By Barbara Bourne
  • Many traditional design systems emphasize removing clutter for a peaceful bedroom, as in this design.
    Photo By Erika Blumenfeld. From Vatsu: Trascendental Home Design in Harmony with Nature by Sherri Silverman, Courtesy Gibbs Smith, Publisher
  • If your home office must remain in your bedroom, place it inside something you can close up, such as this FSC-certified Vertical Office Center from Vermont Woods.
    Photo Courtesy of Vermont Woods
  • A simplified bedroom can reflect your unique style. With a quirky owl lamp, whimsical accent pillows, a living plant and bamboo bedding, this simple bedroom is filled with character.
    Photo Courtesy of VivaTerra

What’s the first space that experts recommend tackling when you declutter your home? If you said the living room, kitchen or foyer, guess again. It’s the bedroom.

“I always start with the bedroom,” says feng shui consultant Andrea Gerasimo of Menomonie, Wisconsin. “It’s your sanctuary.” Gerasimo cites studies showing that what you’re thinking when you nod off affects how you sleep and your mood when you wake up. So if your last mental image is of chaos and clutter, you’re not setting the right stage for quality sleep.

In your bedroom, do you trip over piles of clothing, boxes, shoes and assorted tchotchkes? Are stacks of DVDs careening from your bedroom entertainment center? Or, perhaps you’ve placed your home office—with its tangle of computer and phone lines, file folders, sticky notes and miscellaneous office supplies—in your sleep space.

The good news is that you don’t have to remodel to streamline your bedroom. Rearranging furniture (even better, removing a few items), decluttering and adopting a resolute mindset to keep your space harmonious and clutter-free are simple steps that can make a big difference.



Transform your bedroom from cluttered chaos to serene retreat with these easy organization tips.

1. Furniture: Less is More

Having too many dressers, tables and chairs jammed into a space—no matter how large—makes it feel smaller. And stuff attracts more stuff. As we add more pieces, we tend to fill them, inside and out.



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