Decluttering Cure

You Can Have a Tidier, More Peaceful Bedroom in 20 Minutes

published Sep 22, 2020
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If your bedroom has become your favorite place at home, you’re not alone. It’s a sanctuary within a sanctuary. The place where you rest and recharge to meet the challenge and opportunity of another day.

So it follows that the bedroom (or “the area of the apartment where sleeping happens”) should be the calmest, most peaceful place to be. But that’s not often the case. Bedrooms always seem to collect quite the collection of everyday detritus: drinking glasses, books, not-quite-ready-for-the-wash wardrobe staples.

Decluttering Tip: Everyone needs a “clothes chair.” If you don’t have room for a chair, some hooks or a rack on the wall can help you avoid clothes piles taking over your bedroom.

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If your bedroom isn’t the peaceful haven you need it to be, don’t get in over your head. Take on one quick, timed 20-minute cleanup, and see how much of a dent you can make in a short time.

Let’s get started…

Credit: Joe Lingeman

Day 15: Do a timed 20-minute declutter in your bedroom.

We’ve done this a few times now, so you know what to do: Set a 20-minute timer and do as much as you can to get errant effects out of the bedroom before the clock runs out. It’s like your own little game show, and the prize is a less-cluttered bedroom.

Where to Look:

  • side tables and nightstands
  • nightstand drawers
  • the dresser top and other surfaces
  • consoles and armoires
  • closets and drawers where you keep linens or other non-clothing
  • hooks and storage racks
  • vanity tables
  • open shelves
  • under the bed
  • on and inside a storage ottoman or bench
  • the purgatory clothes chair

What to look for:

  1. Books and magazines
  2. Drinking glasses and mugs
  3. Remote controls
  4. Electronics
  5. Phone chargers and cords that aren’t being used
  6. Random objects and decor
  7. Dingy or very old sheets and linens
  8. Clothing tags and other trash
  9. Hangers or sleeves to take back to the dry cleaners
  10. Safety pins and bobby pins
  11. Out-of-place grooming supplies or makeup
  12. Jewelry out of its place
  13. Clothes piled and draped where they shouldn’t be
  14. Socks—so many socks
  15. Shoes, handbags and accessories where they don’t belong

When time is up, stop decluttering. Everything you picked up during your 20-minute declutter should be taken out of the room and either returned to where it belongs, or sorted out of the house (into the trash or into your “sell” and “donate” boxes).

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