Updated: Mar 13, 2020
As we enter the new year, we find ourselves setting new resolutions for the months ahead, whether it’s getting that promotion you’ve been wanting or the clichéd “get healthier” goal. It’s the “new year, new me” mentality, but saying these things is one thing, how do you make sure you get them done? FOCUS!
Before you can focus on making any changes, you need to clear your head of the year you left behind, in order to make room for the new challenges ahead. The best place to start “decluttering” your brain is to clean up the clutter around you! Your internal environment often mimics your external environment. So, if your environment is a mess, chances are your head is too. Making it hard to focus on your goals.
Do you feel like you have zero motivation to get your day started? Look around. Is the room you’re in tidy? Is it well organized? Probably not, meaning you’ll have that constant voice in your head telling you to clean up, when you’re trying to focus on something else.
In this blog series, we will give you tips you can use yourself to declutter your home, office and vehicle.
Here we go!
Part 1: THE BEDROOM
The bedroom is where you wake up and start your day. It’s the first thing you see when you open your eyes and needs to motivate you to get out of bed and begin your morning right. Plus, there’s nothing more frustrating than having to search for things when you’re trying to get ready. A well-organized room means you won’t be searching for that top you want to wear, only to find it crumpled in a drawer.
So, check out our tips to help you declutter your bedroom below!
START WITH YOUR CLOSET
Your closet is often the worst place for clutter in the bedroom, especially if you can hide it behind a door. It’s out of sight and out of mind… until you open those doors again. Eventually it gets worse, spilling into your room. The next thing you know your closet’s a disaster and you have no motivation to put away your clean laundry. Meaning laundry baskets are left full of clean clothes and piles of dirty laundry start popping up on your floor. It’s a vicious cycle.
This is why an annual or bi-annual closet purge is necessary.
Here’s how to purge your closet:
KEEP SURFACES CLEAN
A deep closet clean takes time, but it’s easy to keep the rest of your room clutter-free. Regularly tidying your bedroom surfaces, including your bedside tables, wall shelves, and dressers, can help keep your room organized. Throw away any junk and make sure you put items away that are out of place.
If you don’t have anywhere to put your small knickknacks, try decorative containers, bowls, trays and jars for items like your watches, earrings, change and more. Organizing them into one area makes the space look less cluttered. Remember, the more surface area you can see, the better!
DON’T FORGET THE STUFF DEEPER THAN THE SURFACE
This doesn’t mean you can avoid cleaning out your dresser drawers. Just like your closet, these need to be purged regularly, as we tend to throw clothing into them without much care. Then they end up being a graveyard for unmatched socks and worn out t-shirts. So, when the clutter gets to be too much that you can barely fit clothes into them, its time for a deep clean.
As you start removing your clothing, sort them into the same four boxes you used when
cleaning out your closet. Once you’ve removed everything, give your drawers a good cleaning and as you start filling your drawers back up, take note if you’re in need of more organization. You can use small bins, containers or other drawer organizers to help divide your storage further.
TIP: Rolling your t-shirts not only saves you space, but it makes it easier to find the shirt you’re looking for, without disturbing the rest.
UTILIZE EVERY SQUARE INCH
Bedrooms are usually quite small when it comes to square feet, unless you’re lucky and have more space than you need. This is why finding every little bit of storage space and utilizing vertical storage is so important!
Installing hooks and floating shelves or desks are some of the best ways to use wall space that is usually left bare. Hooks are perfect for those odd shaped items you find in the bedroom, like your hats, purses or bags. This will save you from shoving them into the back of your closet and forgetting about them. Floating shelves and desks on the other hand can be used for anything, even a bedside table! This will keep bulky furniture off your floor, resulting in more floor space.
Check out this Better Homes & Gardens blog “Transform a Blank Wall into a Dream Office” to see how a bare wall and a floating desk can be turned into a beautiful bedroom office space.
HINT: If you’re installing high shelves, or utilizing the often-wasted space above your top shelf in your closet, use clear containers that are labelled. This will make things easy to find, preventing you from having to rip through multiple boxes, and you’ll know where to put things away.
WHAT IF THERE’S MORE?
There’s no need to worry if you uncover deeper or hidden damage, like floor scratches or cracked furniture. You’ve got New Creations to call!
Click here to take a look at our before and after pictures!