Unless you’re hoping to become the next Marie Kondo, you probably don’t enjoy the thought of organizing your bedroom.
If you’re like most people, you probably prefer to spend as little time as possible home cleaning!
Yet, it’s a great feeling to look around at a freshly organized room and admire the hard work you’ve done.
But here’s the question:
Is it possible to organize a whole room without spending an entire day on it?
The answer is yes.
If you’re looking to organize your room but have lots of other things on your plate, don’t worry. Here’s how to organize your bedroom in under an hour!
Put Clothes and Shoes Away
When it comes time to organize a bedroom, it’s always best to start with clothes and shoes.
Sweep all your dirty gear into a laundry basket and put that basket in the hallway. You can throw in a load or two of laundry when you’re done.
Fold and hang clean clothes and store them where they belong, whether that be in a drawer or your closet. Gather up your shoes and put them in your closet, hang them on a shoe rack, or hide them neatly under the bed.
If you’re planning to organize your bedroom this weekend, jump on Amazon now and order one or two under-the-bed storage boxes. If you have room on the back of your door, consider getting an over-the-door rack where you can keep your shoes on display.
The trick to organizing your bedroom in under an hour is to have the organizational tools you need waiting for you when you’re ready to use them.
Declutter Flat Surfaces
Now that your clothes and shoes are out of sight, it’s time to tackle the flat surfaces. You have to clean off your nightstand, dresser, and bureau.
Clean everything off but the essentials, such as lamps, remote controls, and phone chargers. The goal is to have as few items on display as possible.
Are your tabletops full of small items, jewelry, cosmetics, and accessories? Get a few storage boxes, decorative bowls, or trays to hold these items in an organized manner.
Don’t have a jewelry box? Little bowls are perfect for storing rings, earrings, and bracelets. Small decorative boxes and shallow baskets are great for holding necklaces, watches, and glasses.
Having a small storage container on your dresser will look a whole lot neater than having things scattered all over. And you can still keep those little items you use every day within easy reach.
Just make sure you don’t go overboard with the storage. Unless they’re stacked in a neat pile, too many storage boxes can start to look clutter itself.
Dust and Vacuum
Technically, dusting and vacuuming fall under the category of cleaning rather than organizing. But there’s no point in organizing around a dirty, dusty mess.
After all, the less clutter and clothing you have lying about, the more obvious those dust bunnies will be!
Get some dusters and wipe down every shelf and lighting fixture. Use glass cleaner to wipe off your windows and mirrors. Use disinfectant wipes to clean off door handles, drawer handles, and electronics such as remote controls and chargers.
If you have hardwood floors, make sure to sweep and mop. If you’re living with carpet or have an area rug, pull out that vacuum and get those fibers super clean. Remember, cleaning the floors includes cleaning the spaces behind furniture and under the bed.
Make Your Bed
A perfectly-made bed can make a huge difference in how organized your bedroom looks.
Strip off all of your bedding and wash it. Put on fresh, clean sheets and pillowcases. Remember to tuck in those corners (the way your mother taught you to do before you went off the college).
Fluff your pillows, spread your duvet, and create a bedtime sanctuary. When you return to your room at the end of the day, you’ll have a freshly-made bed there to welcome you!
If you have extra blankets, fold them neatly at the foot of the bed or drape them over the edge of your footboard. If you prefer a “lived-in” look, you can drape an extra blanket just so at the foot of the bed.
If the rest of the room is perfectly organized, a tossed throw or blanket will look purposeful rather than messy.
Take Out the Trash
While you’re decluttering, keep a trash can nearby to throw away anything you come across that you don’t need.
Also, set aside anything that belongs in a different room.
For example, do you have a stack of books or magazines beside the bed? Consider moving them to a magazine rack or storing them on a bookshelf in your living room.
Did you empty out your pockets and toss receipts and change all over your bureau? Put your spare change in a container in your kitchen, and file those receipts away in your home office (or wherever you keep your financial papers).
The more trash you collect and the more items you can move to another room, the better. That’s a sure sign that you’ve decluttered successfully.
When you’re all done, empty the garbage and put a fresh trash bag in the receptacle. Then, it’s time to sit back and admire the job you’ve done!
Organizing an entire bedroom in under an hour may sound crazy. But it can be done, as long as you know what to focus on.
And here’s the best part:
The more organized you become, the easier it is to stay that way.
Fully organize your bedroom this weekend, then get in the habit of maintaining it. You’ll find that it only takes 20 or 30 minutes to organize it the next time!
Ryan Sundling is a Group Marketing Manager at Cardinal Group Management. He has over 10 years of experience in the student housing industry and works with Sakara on a daily basis to grow their online presence.