Learning how to declutter your bedroom is the key to turning this place into the calm oasis you’d always dreamed it could be—rather than an explosion of clothes atop an unmade bed which must remain hidden from all but the most intimate of guests. That’s why, in this next installment of our 2018 Declutter Your Home Guide, we show you how to tame this space and turn it into a restful, eye-pleasing paradise. Just follow these steps for a better night’s rest!
How to declutter nightstands
Here’s everything you need to keep on your bedside table: a lamp. OK, I also keep a coaster for my nightly glass of water because I respect wood. The point is, keeping this space as clear as possible helps set the tone for a peaceful night’s sleep. Or ditch even the lamp with this tip from Wendy Yates of Abigail-Elise Interiors: “I’m a big fan of wall sconces instead of lamps on bedside tables,” she says.
If your table has drawers, use them to store whatever else you need handy when you’re in bed. Sleeping mask? Lavender oil? Retainer? Or, you could put out a pretty dish or box to hold your essentials because, as Yates notes, “from a design standpoint, a great way to hide clutter is to use decorative accessories that double up as storage without looking like it.”
If you like to read before bed, keep a basket for books and magazines on the floor, maybe stashed under the bed (more on that under-the-bed storage later).
How to declutter dresser drawers
Pull everything out of your drawers and sort them: Any items you haven’t worn in the past year go into the donation bin. Next, look for anything that is stained or needs to be repaired. Put that into your to-do bin. Then get rid of your sad, hole-y socks and underwear. Ditch stockings with runs, and donate anything that doesn’t fit you as you are right now.
Now it’s time to fold everything and put it all away—which is hopefully easier now that you’ve gotten rid of so much. Use shoeboxes or other small containers to divide…