Once your bedroom has been tidied up, you will feel more in tune and in control of your life. Your day will start better if you know where everything is and don't waste 20 minutes looking for your favorite scarf or jeans.
Part 1 of 3: Sorting out your stuff
Step 1. Take out all your things and put them on the floor or on your bed
It's going to be a big mess, but to reorganize everything you have to start from the beginning. Even if it seems impossible to you, you will quickly find a place for everything.
- Take everything out of your closet, clothes, shoes, etc., and put everything on the floor.
- Get everything out of your office. Put the papers and everything else on the desk.
- Take everything out of your dresser. If it's too much of a mess at once, do one drawer after another.
- Put all your other things on the bed.
If doing everything at once is too complicated, tidy up one area after another
Step 2. Sort your stuff
Before you begin, prepare cards with what you want to do with your business written on them. You can also use plastic bins or boxes, but cardboard boxes are more convenient because you can just throw them away when you don't need them anymore. This is how to differentiate them.
- " Keep ". These are the things that you use every day or very often. If you've used them in the past two to three months, you should keep them.
- “To be stored”. It's the stuff you can't throw away that has sentimental value, but you never use. You can also store clothes elsewhere from one season to the next, for example those for winter if it is summer or vice versa.
- "To give or sell". These are the things that someone can use or sell, but which you no longer use. For example, you can give away that cute sweater that doesn't fit anymore or sell that old school book.
- " To throw away ". These are the things you no longer use and no one would want. Put them in the trash if you forgot them, or if you don't know when you last used them.
Step 3. Try to get rid of as many things as possible
This is an important step. Even if you want to put everything in the “keep” or “store” box, it won't help you put it all away. You really have to identify what you really need. And the less stuff you have, the easier it will be to tidy up.
- Try the 20 second rule. If you spend more than 20 seconds looking at something and wondering if you're going to use it, the answer is no.
- If you have something you don’t need, but find it hard to part with it, give it to a friend or family member, it will make you feel better.
Step 4. Take all the boxes to their destination except the “keep”
Now that your bedroom is tidy, get rid of anything you don't need. The sooner you do this, the sooner you can tackle other storage. This is how to do it.
- The first thing is easy, put in the trash everything that is in the box "to throw".
- Find a charity that will take your things over and bring them in. They may not want certain things. In this case, try to give them somewhere else or throw them away.
- Start selling your business. Put them on the net or in consignments.
- Put some things aside. If you have a place to keep them outside of your bedroom, great, otherwise put them somewhere in your bedroom that you don’t access often. For example under your bed, at the top of your closet, etc. Note what they are in the box so you can find them easily.
Part 2 of 3: tidy up your things
Step 1. Tidy up your closet
This is the key to having a clean room. Organize your clothes by season and color. If it's very large, you can also store your shoes and accessories there. This is how to do it.
- The first thing to do after sorting your clothes into “keep” and “put away” items is to examine them again. If you haven't worn this outfit in a year, now is the time to part with it. Except for evening wear that you haven't had a chance to wear.
- Organize your clothes by season. Keep seasonal clothes on one side. If you have a large closet, store off-season clothes at the back in a box.
- Hang as many clothes as possible. Try to organize them by type of clothing (dresses, pants, etc.).
- Use the remaining space under your clothes. If you've hung them, use the space below to store things or put on your shoes.
- If you have a door that opens rather than a sliding door, buy a shoe rack or jewelry rack that will hang on your door. This is how to save space. You can also use your bedroom door.
- If you have room in your closet for a dresser or drawers, it's even better for saving space.
Step 2. Put away your dresser
This is the place where you store extra clothes or accessories so it needs to be neatly tidy so you don't have to turn everything over when you're looking for something. This is how to do it.
- Store the top drawer. Take out all your things and put them in a plastic bin on the floor.
- Find a good use for this drawer. Don't just use it to put just any item that hasn't had room. Find its use whether for socks, magazines or games.
- Put the rest of your drawers away. You need a drawer for your underwear, one for your pajamas, one for your workout clothes (if you are athletic), one for the tops, and one for the bottoms you wear every day.
Step 3. Tidy up your desk
If you have a desk in your bedroom, it should be as tidy as possible. Find a place for everything to keep it from getting messy in the future. This is how to do it.
- Place your scissors, stapler, tape, etc. on a corner of your desk or in your top drawer. They should be easily accessible since you use them often. Always try to put them back on your desk after using them so you don't lose them.
- Place your pens and pencils in a jar. So you won't have to spend 15 minutes looking for a pen. Check that they all work and discard the ones that no longer write.
- Create a storage system for your papers. Use pockets or multiple drawers to differentiate them. A drawer could be used, for example, to store important administrative documents that you do not use often such as your lease, your employment contracts, etc. Another drawer can be used to group papers referring to another field (school, health, etc.). Do not mix them up.
- Don't overload your desk top with pictures or decorations. This will expand your space to work.
Step 4. Tidy up the rest of your bedroom
Once your closet, wardrobe and desk are done, your bedroom should feel less cluttered. But to keep it flawless, there are still other things to do.
- Make your bed. Having a tidy bedroom means putting everything back in its place, and this also applies to your duvet and pillows. If there are a lot of lint and pillows on your bed that you barely have room to sleep in, it's time to get rid of some of them by storing or throwing them away.
- Also be careful not to have too many things stuck to the wall. It's good to have a few nice posters or paintings, or even a calendar to organize your schedule, but throw away your old posters, torn photos, or other papers stuck on the wall, so that your room appears less cluttered.
- Put away any other furniture in your room. If you have a nightstand, shelves, etc., make sure they are as tidy as the rest of your bedroom.
- Put everything back in its place, and if there are still more items lying around, find a place for them.
Part 3 of 3: clean your newly tidy bedroom
Step 1. Clean the floor
Now that your things are in order, your floor is clear. Take the time to clean it, you won't feel good if your room isn't clean.
- Put on some music or invite a friend to help you clean up to make it more enjoyable.
- If you have parquet, sweep or wash it. If you have carpeted floors, it's time to vacuum.
Step 2. Dust your furniture
Take a rag and wipe down your desk, nightstand, etc. to remove the dust that had accumulated little by little.
Do this at least once a week
Step 3. Force yourself to keep your bedroom tidy and clean
You don't want all of your hard work done for nothing in cleaning up the mess in a week. Here's how to keep your bedroom tidy in the future.
- Spend at least 5-10 minutes every night tidying up your bedroom before going to bed. Now that everything has a precise place, you have to put everything back in its place.
- Spend at least 5-10 minutes every day cleaning your room. Take out the trash, get rid of unnecessary papers like bus tickets, shopping tickets, etc. Take your plates and glasses to the kitchen if you've eaten in your room.
- Make your bed every morning. It will help you keep a room tidy.
- Try to do it as quickly as possible, this tip seems counter-indicated, but you'll be glad you finished tidying up afterwards!
- Think about how and where you want to store your things before you start. This will make it easier to do.
- Tidy up your room weekly by throwing out the trash, dusting and cleaning the floor.
- When sorting your clothes, try everything before deciding which box to put them in. If it doesn't suit you or you don't like it anymore, don't keep it.
- Sort your books, CDs, and DVDs alphabetically to make it easier to find them.
- If your bedroom is small, store your things elsewhere in the house. It will allow you to keep your space tidy.
- Don't put everything in one drawer.
- Put on some music while you tidy up and clean up, it will be a lot more fun.
- Don't forget to clean under the bed! The dust has the annoying habit of hiding there …