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


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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