5 Things You Can Declutter From Your Bedroom Without a Second …
1. Unnecessary Paperwork
Is your bedroom brimming with random papers, old magazines, and unopened mails? Papers have a way of piling up on surfaces – tables, dressers, nightstands, making the room appear messier than it actually is. It’s time to declutter!
Sending most bills and essential paperwork into the cloud is an excellent way first step in getting rid of unnecessary paperwork from your bedroom. Set aside some time to go through every piece of paper and decide if you really need to keep it. If not, into the recycling bin it goes! If yes, think about ways to digitize it for safekeeping.
Once you’ve decided what documents are worth keeping, it’s crucial to create a dedicated space where they can be stored neatly. This alone will drastically improve the overall look and feel of your bedroom, making it more spacious and organized.
Take this **scenario**: You’ve collected years’ worth of Vogue magazines that are collecting dust. You realize you no longer read them and decide it’s time to let them go. By doing so, you clear out an entire corner of your room, revealing additional floor space!
- Find all the old magazines/newspapers and check their relevance.
- Recycle or donate the irrelevant ones.
- Scan and digitally store important paperwork.
- Create a filing system for essential physical documents.
- Keep a box or tray to put incoming papers and sort weekly.
- Create an online system for bills, statements etc.
2. Unused Clothing
Clothing plays a huge role in our bedroom clutter. It’s easy for wardrobes and drawers to become filled with clothes we don’t wear anymore, but somehow can’t bear to part with.
The first step to decluttering your wardrobe is to take out every item of clothing you own and sort them into categories. Items that are too small, big, worn-out, or haven’t been worn in a year could be donated or sold online. Seasonal clothes can also be stored elsewhere when not in use.
Next, adopt a minimalist approach in keeping your clothing. Keep only the things that are necessary and bring you joy, as Marie Kondo would say.
Let’s say you have *5 identical black tops* that you wear alternatively. Do you really need five? Why not keep one or two of your favourites and donate the rest?
- Take everything out of your closet.
- Categorize clothes by their use, size, and condition.
- Donate or sell unused and ill-fitting clothes.
- Reorganize your wardrobe, ensuring each item has its space.
- Adopt a minimalist mindset for future purchases.
- Make it a habit to review your wardrobe every six months.
3. Unwanted Gifts
We all receive gifts we just don’t know what to do with. While they might hold sentimental value, they often end up taking valuable space in our bedrooms.
Firstly, understand that by letting go of the gift, you’re not rejecting the person who gave it to you. It just means you appreciate their thought but recognize that you don’t need the item in question.
Consider gifting these items to someone who would truly appreciate them, donating them, or even re-gifting (make sure not to regift back to the original giver!).
Assume that you have a set of *fancy crystal glasses*, gifted by a dear friend but never used. Free your storage space by giving it to someone who will put it to good use.
- Identify gifts that have never been used or you don’t foresee using.
- Understand it’s okay to let go of unwanted gifts.
- Donate, regift or sell these items.
- Minimize future clutter by expressing preferences for gifts.
- Consider the joy of experiences over material goods as presents.
- Recycle any packaging associated with these gifts.
4. Outdated Electronics
Many people hold on to old phones, chargers, or other electronic goods in their bedrooms which they no longer use. These not only take up space but may also pose a safety hazard if they are not stored correctly.
It’s easy to address this issue by selling or recycling your old electronics. Many companies have a take-back program where they recycle the parts responsibly.
So, don’t let those *old cell phones* from five years ago gather dust. Sell them online or take them to an electronics recycling center and free some drawer space!
- Collect all outdated or unused electronics in your room.
- Analyze which ones you might actually need, under extraordinary circumstances.
- Hunt down a correct disposal method for each outdated item.
- Sell off functioning electronics online or to shops.
- Recycle non-working gadgets through designated centers.
- Always keep remaining electronics neatly arranged and gently handled.
5. Excess Furniture
Furniture is another category that can be decluttered to create more open space in your bedroom.
Look around and consider if there are any pieces of furniture you don’t really use. Can a smaller nightstand serve the same purpose? Are you using all the chairs/stools in your room? There might be many swaps and replacements possible that could save tons of space.
Remember, more open space equals a calmer mind and better maneuverability. Imagine *removing one unnecessary chair* and how much space instantly becomes available!
- Assess the usefulness of each piece of furniture in the bedroom.
- Consider multi-purpose items to reduce the number of furniture pieces.
- Sell or donate unneeded items.
- Reposition existing furniture for optimal flow of space.
- Minimize small decorative pieces on furniture surfaces to create an illusion of more space.
- Keep surfaces clean and clear of clutter for a more organized look.
|A Quick Recap|
|1. Unnecessary Paperwork – Throw out irrelevant ones and digitize essential paperwork.|
|2. Unused Clothing – Donate items that do not fit or not worn anymore.|
|3. Unwanted Gifts – Consider gifting to someone else, donating, or re-gifting.|
|4. Outdated Electronics – Sell, recycle or properly dispose them.|
|5. Excess Furniture- Remove any unused item and replace with smaller or functional alternatives where possible.|