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Spring Cleaning Series – Organizing the Bedroom

By on April 17, 2017
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This past weekend was busy and blessed.  I celebrated my birthday with family and friends, plus there were Easter festivities at church and we had a family dinner with my brother-in-law’s side of the family, as well.  My daughter needed to pee at the restaurant, but being newly potty trained, she didn’t take well to sitting on an adult toilet while other people were using the loud hand dryers by the sink.  Thankfully, she held it until we got home!  Now, I’m excited to present to you the next step in my Spring Cleaning Series, which is organizing the bedroom!

In order to properly organize the bedroom, you need to have completed cleaning out the bedroom.  If you haven’t already, please take a look at the 5 Simple Rules for a Clean House post in order to have a good foundation for this post as well as the rest of this series.

Organizing the Closet

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Organize by length and type of clothing

My husband and I share two small closet space.  I designated one for outerwear because some of those can get bulky and take up a lot of space.  Our other closet space holds the clothes that we have chosen to hang.  The rest go into our dresser drawers (we each get three).  Your bedroom probably has a different setup, so adjust my advice as needed.

I have seen some people suggest organizing the closet by color and while it looks nice, I don’t find it particularly easy to use.  I organize by the type of clothes and length.  Since I share closet space with my husband, I chose to use the left side and hung my husband’s clothes on the right.  It’s not exactly half.  I definitely have more clothes to hang.  Here’s how we do it.

  • Outerwear:  Simply organize by length.  I hang the longest ones (trench coats) to the left and they get shorter as you go to the right (cropped jean jacket).  Same goes for my husband’s side.  It just looks nice to open the closet door and see a gradient according to size.
  • Order of the Clothes You Hang:  Again, organizing by length, but this time, also organizing by type.  Each type of clothing will all be hanging from longest to shortest in the closet.  First, I hang my pajama dresses and slips.  Next, dresses.  I hang cardigans and vests after the dresses, the clothes that you wear over other clothes.  Finally, knitwear, button up shirts, and other tops that I need to hang.  I hang knitwear because it gets bulky if I try to roll it up and place it in a drawer.  If tops have embellishments or other features that make it difficult to roll up into a small bundle, I hang them up instead.
  • The Order of my Husband’s Side:  I hang his dress pants folded over the bottom part of a clothes hanger and keep this on the left side so that it is easy for him to find what he needs each morning.  Next, I hang his sweatshirt hoodies and jackets.  Then, I hang his knitwear because these get too bulky when rolled up.  Finally, I hang his button up shirts.

Organizing the Dresser Drawers

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Rolling up clothes items helps you fit more in drawers

My husband and I each have three dresser drawers to use, so I made the first drawer for socks and underwear, the second for tops, and the third for bottoms.  His first drawer also includes neckties, mine includes bras.  You do not want to fold and stack clothes because it is difficult to see what you have at a single glance.  If you can’t see it, you most likely won’t wear it and it will become forgotten.  We are trying to avoid that.

Rolling all the clothes that go in your dresser drawers help confine each article of clothing to a small space and allow you to see all that you have in one glance.  The only exception is bras because you don’t want to lose the shape.  You want to roll everything into a set width and as tightly as possible.  Here’s an image of my first dresser drawer.  I have a lot of socks so I hold one layer within the lid of a shoe box.  I can easily take out the lid and see what I have underneath.  This does not count as stacking, since I can take the lid out and see everything I have with one glance.

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Quick and easy way to roll your underwear
  • Underwear:  I learned this method of folding underwear from my aunt while I was living abroad and loved it.  You want to place the underwear down so that the back is facing up.  Fold the sides to the center in thirds.  Take the bottom part up and push it into the opening at the top made from the front and the two folded sides.
  • Socks:  I used to fold the ankle part of the socks over the rest and called it a day, but one day, I unfolded my socks to find that one elastic was stretched out, while the other sock still fit tightly around my ankle.  I realized I was wearing down my socks just by storing them in the drawer.  Rolling them up together kept this from becoming an issue and it was easy to store in my drawer and find the one I wanted to wear for the day.  I only wear cute socks and no two are the same!
  • Neckties:  Roll up like socks starting from the bottom.
  • Bras:  Don’t roll these up.  You don’t want to mess with the shape and wiring.  Instead, lay it out so that you only see the cups and order by color gradient.  I have my lightest ones in front and black ones in the back.
  • Tops: Everything is rolled, but I order by sleeve length. Sleeveless tops are on the left, short sleeve tops in the middle, and long sleeve tops in the right part of the drawer.
  • Bottoms:  Everything is rolled and organized within the drawer based on length and type (if you have skirts).  Shorts are on the left, jeans and long pants in the middle, and skirts and leggings to the right.
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How you should be rolling up socks

I’ve only focused on organizing the clothes in the bedroom because this tends to be the tricky part of organizing the bedroom.  Everything else you need to organize in the bedroom should follow the 5 Simple Rules for a Clean House.  Later this week, we will be moving on to cleaning out the bathroom so I recommend subscribing to our newsletter in order to keep up with the latest updates as well as additional tips and ideas that I like to share outside of the blog.

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How is the setup in your bedroom?  What non-clothes category are you having trouble organizing?  Let me know in the comments and I will include some tips in the next post.

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Spring Cleaning Series – Cleaning Out the Bedroom

By on April 13, 2017
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The long awaited Spring Cleaning Series is here and the first step is cleaning out the bedroom.  I find that the bedroom is easiest to start with.  If you recall my 5 simple steps for a clean home, you will remember that every object needs to have a home of its own.  I recommend you take a look at that post before we start cleaning out the bedroom.

In order to find homes for everything, we need to reduce what we have in the bedroom to only the stuff that will fit in the bedroom.  Are you ready to tackle cleaning out the bedroom?

Things You Need to Toss

Clothes are the easiest to sort through, but in order to do so properly, we need to take everything out into a huge pile.  For the sake of this post, I am assuming you have never done a proper clean out before, but this is vital to know exactly how much clothes you are hoarding and see how much space you have to work with.

I have three dresser drawers for my own use, plus two closet areas I share with my husband. The piles of all my clothes filled every inch of floor space in my living room.  I could not believe how much clothes I had stuffed away.  And everyday I struggled with the classic “I have nothing to wear” issue.

The issue wasn’t that I didn’t have anything appropriate to wear.  The issue was that I had so many clothes, I could never find anything to wear.  If you ever gave your toddler too many choices and saw her struggle, you understand.  Having too many choices is not always a good thing.

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Donate the clothes you will no longer wear.

Clothes (Including Socks, Underwear, Jewelry, Accessories)

  1. Toss out anything that is unwearable.  Clothes that show serious signs of wear like holes, tears, and rips should be tossed (or donated for fabric).  Take out any clothes that don’t fit you or things that are “out of style” such that you no longer wish to wear them.  I don’t believe in following trends, so I refer to “out of style” based on your feelings towards the item.
  2. Try to reduce multiples.  If you have four pairs of winter gloves, reduce down to one or two.  Have a ton of scarves or belts?  Reduce those to the ones you really love.  You don’t need 15 pairs of pants.  Reduce, reduce, reduce.  Remember, the less you have, the easier it is to maintain a clean room.
  3. Don’t accept hand-me-downs.  I don’t know if it’s just me, but even as an adult, my mom continues to try and give me clothes that she bought or received that don’t fit her right.  Her excuse, “Look, it looks so much better on you because you are tall,” while in reality these clothes are not my style.  Not something I’d wear.  Not what I want hanging around in my closet.  Save yourself the trouble and do not accept these clothes.  They will just sit and take up precious space in your closet.
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The books you planned on reading, but haven’t yet…will not get read. Donate them.

Books, DVDs, CDs

So, this category may be more relevant to your living room, but I actually have a closet full of shelves and I kept my collection of books, DVDs, CDs, cassette tapes, and video tapes there.  This held everything that I collected since high school.  If you’re really motivated, you can find ways to transfer the data from DVDs, CDs, cassette tapes, and video tapes into digital media and store it on a cloud or hard disk drive.  Now, pick out the stuff you know you will never use again and recycle or donate them.

  1. For books, these would be textbooks and English literature.  Get rid of any magazines that you no longer look at.  From what you have left, keep only the ones that you really enjoy or hold good memories for you, because the books that you plan on reading someday will most likely not get read.  If you do need to read it, you can find a copy at your library or obtain an e-book version.
  2. For DVDs, keep only the ones that you really enjoy or have good memories of.  If you ever need to watch something again, it’s easy to find again through the library system or streaming contents.
  3. For CDs, keep the ones that still play well and you really can’t let go of.  Disc quality actually deteriorates so a CD is not forever.  Isn’t that sad?  Make digital back up copies as soon as you can.  Remember, your goal in all this cleaning out is to have as less stuff as possible.
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Hoarding makeup is a bad idea. These expire after a set time.

Make Up

  1. Makeup has expiration dates that start from the day you first open and use a product.  Once expired, they should be tossed.  That said, I actually don’t do this.  Instead, I make sure to toss products that can’t be used anymore, like dried up mascara.
  2. Try not to hoard up a stash with makeup.  You don’t need four different mascaras.  Get rid of lipstick colors you never wear.  You don’t need all the different makeup brushes.  There’s about three or four kinds of brushes you really need and can use to apply all your products well.

I feel like these three areas cover the majority of stuff in the bedroom, but I don’t claim that it’s a comprehensive list.  What other category of stuff do you need help sorting through?  Let me know in the comments and I’ll be sure to include them in addition to the list for the next room, the bathroom.

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The next post in the Spring Cleaning Series will be tackling organization of the bedroom.  Once you’ve reduced the number of stuff in the bedroom, I will give you tips on how to organize everything so that each item has its own home within the confines of your bedroom.  It will feel overwhelming at first, but it is satisfying when you reach the end.  Sign up for Her Life Is Love newsletter to stay up to date with each post as well as receive my personal themed newsletter that includes more fabulous ideas and information.

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