Why you should declutter your bedroom first

Let’s face it, when you have clutter everywhere in your house the chance is you have a bedroom that also needs some decluttering and organization. And frankly, no one needs that type of energy of a messy bedroom, when they go to bed and wake up. Decluttering and organizing your bedroom first will help you to feel less overwhelmed when you go to bed and when you wake up in the morning!

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Your bedroom is the space that you want to relax in and find your inner calm. Maybe it is the space you meditate or do your quiet time. But when you are surrounded by all the things that are not supposed to be there it can be overwhelming.

If you are single, you will have a much easier time, but if you are like me, you share the bedroom with your husband. And in my case, my sweet and loving husband is also a bit of a hoarder. He also has: “I put it here and now I cannot find it anywhere” syndrome! Ladies, I relate and I sympathize with you. Unfortunately, I do not have a solution for this yet, but I hope I will have one day.

So let’s set up ourselves for success and do some decluttering and organizing. But focus on your stuff first! It is much easier to go through your own stuff than someone else’s. But if your husband is willing that you go through his stuff and organize it for him you can do that too. You know he asks you where his stuff is all the time anyway!


When you are overwhelmed by all the things in your bedroom, you might even give up decluttering before you even started! So the best way to go about it is to break it down into different phases. But don’t worry if you think you don’t know how to do that, I broke down the phases for you!



Your bed is the largest piece of furniture in the room and when the covers and pillows are all scrunched up and all over the place after a good night’s rest, it makes the whole room feel messy. So make your bed first!


This is one of the easiest parts of decluttering because we immediately know where it needs to go. It is also a simple way of quickly making you feel like you are making progress.

So, take your dustbin, or a trash bag, and go around the room and collect all the trash. Don’t worry about the rest of the clutter just, focus on the trash first.


Pick up all the items on the floor including clothing. Also clothing on the chair that you are not sure if it needs to be in your wardrobe or in the laundry.

In my case, the things I need to pick up off the flor is the dogs’ beds. At this stage, it is only blankets, but it still leaves a mess. I want to find a better solution for this as well.

Also, remember to move things out from under your bed. You might be surprised by what you find under there.


Like your coffee cup from the previous night. Or batteries that should be stored in the kitchen. Or maybe papers that should be filed away in the office.

Other items that may not belong are things we are planning to sell and donate. For now, just remove them from the bedroom. Because after you declutter your bedroom there might be stuff that you want to add to this “donation” or “sell” pile.


Now that you are done with basically cleaning up your bedroom it is now time to start decluttering.

Like Marie Kondo would say:


Clothing can be such a personal thing to declutter, or it can be easy. Either way, we usually have way too many clothes that we don’t wear.

Get all of your clothing out of your wardrobe and also any dressers that you might have clothing in. Leave the accessories for now like scarfs. Just declutter your clothes into the donation, sell and through away piles.

Rember to also go through your underwear and get rid of anything that you would be embarrassed if anyone would see it. Ladies, I am not talking about the undies you keep for that time of the month, just the rest. But remember, you deserve to wear underwear that makes you feel cute.

I found this post by Sheila, over at To love honor and vacuum, that is really insightful for throwing out lingerie.

It might also be a good idea to get a better laundry system in place now.


After you declutter all of your clothes, go through all of those accessories.

Keep only what you love and have sentimental value over. Get rid of the things you haven’t worn in years. And let go of things that you want to keep because you might need it for something. Trust me, you can probably borrow it from someone else if you need it for an event.


My vanity (or dressing table) is a very special space for me. I love sitting in front of my vanity while I am getting ready. Usually with a cup of coffee.

I store haircare, brushes, makeup, jewellery and skincare products inside my vanity. So this is what we will be tackling next.

Get rid of those scrunchies that don’t keep your hair in place anymore, the bobby pins that are bent out of shape. Wash your makeup brushes and declutter your makeup.

Jewellery can be very difficult to declutter, but you will know what pieces are the time to let go of.


This little table beside your bed has a magnetic force that just attracts clutter. I feel like everything that doesn’t have a specific space just ends up in the bedside table.

But ultimately it should be an inviting and pretty space. I am also guilty of letting my bedside table get out of hand. I want to get new bedside tables with three drawers. We have limited space in our bedroom, so I need all the storage that I can get.


When you are mindful of what you bring into your space and what should stay out, it will be much easier to keep up with a calm and inviting bedroom.

It is also a good idea to get into a daily and weekly habit of cleaning the bedroom. Sometimes it only takes 10 minutes to pick everything up and put it away. You will thank yourself in the morning when you wake up in a peaceful space.


After all your hard work, enjoy the new calm and beautiful room you have. You might be inspired to tackle the rest of your home. Remember it takes time. You don’t have to do your whole bedroom in one day. If you can, it is brilliant, but it can be overwhelming, so don’t put pressure on yourself to do it all in a day.

So that is my whole guide for decluttering your bedroom. If you are still here after this long post, thank you so much for reading all the way to the end. I appreciate you!

Need some more decluttering and organizational motivation?

So now it is your turn, let me know what part of your bedroom you have been putting off to declutter. I would love to hear from you!

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