Archive for the ‘Bedroom Organizing’ Category

5-Tips for Bedroom Bliss

Tuesday, January 14th, 2014

It is the place where every single day begins and ends for you, so it makes sense that the atmosphere in your bedroom can have a tremendous effect on your state of mind. A chaotic, unorganized bedroom does nothing to recharge or restore you, which is precisely what should be taking place in this space. A clutter-free zone will promote restful sleep, and these five easy steps will help keep the clutter from sneaking back into the serene space you’ve just created.

1. Make your bed every day. If you cultivate only one new habit to keep your bedroom organized, I urge you to make this one your top priority. Get out of bed in the morning and make the first thing you do a ritual of organization that sets the tone for your entire day. You’ll spend a third of your life (or more!) in bed, so make sure it exudes the calmness that you want to carry with you from morning to night.

2. Use dual-purpose furniture to create extra storage. If you like to read in bed, eliminate unsightly piles of books and magazines by swapping out your bedside table for a small bookshelf. You can even use a taller bookcase as your headboard, but be sure to bolt it securely to your wall so nothing falls on you! If it’s clothes, not books, that are causing the clutter to pile up, try using a small dresser as your nightstand, and you’ll have extra drawers for the overflow. If you’re still short on storage space, a stack of old suitcases or a vintage trunk makes a stylish table, while also housing extra blankets or off-season clothes.

3. Keep the floor clothing-free. If there’s a chair or a patch of floor that tends to accumulate the same pile of “still in use” clothing week after week, create a proper space for those in-between items to go. Remember, if it’s not dirty enough to go into the laundry, then it’s clean enough to get put away. Make sure your laundry basket is conveniently placed so dirty clothes make it straight into the hamper with out a pit stop on your floor.

4. Make it easy to access your under-the-bed space. Stashing stuff under the bed isn’t a new idea, but modern accessories make it simple to get to what you need when you need it. You can store your bulkiest items in canvas boxes (good for sweaters which require air to circulate) or plastic bins, but first protect them with dust bags or cedar wood inserts, and of course, make sure everything is laundered or dry cleaned before it gets put away for any extended period. If you’re accessing your under-bed storage every day, opting for rolling bins will make it a breeze. They’ll keep your mounds of shoes and other unruly collections out of sight but always in reach.

5. Come out of the closet! If you’re plagued with tiny closet syndrome, make some room by pulling out your favorite space-stealing accessories and displaying them like the works of art that they are! Use decorative hooks or floating shelves to display purses and shoes… why not admire to your favorite items when they’re not in use?

Try out all of these tips or just one or two, and I promise you will notice the energy in your bedroom shift within the first day. It only takes a little effort to maintain the peaceful environment you need to get a good night’s sleep and prepare yourself for whatever the day has in store.

What organizing challenge has been blocking your bedroom from becoming the sanctuary you deserve? We’d love to hear your comments below.

Closet Organization – Steps to Install an elfa® Closet System

Wednesday, July 15th, 2009

We’re excited so many of you have been following this how-to closet organizing video series.  Now that we’ve sorted all the ‘stuff’ from the closet, and removed the closet system that wasn’t working, we are ready to begin installing the new elfa® system from The Container Store.

In this video, I’ll show you the tools necessary to install the closet, explain the various hardware pieces, and share with you a few safety concerns.  This is a 3 minute video and it is the seventh in a series of nine videos.

If you have questions about any of the tools, or hardware, please do let me know. The eighth video will actually show the step-by-step process to install the closet. Installing an elfa® closet is an easy, DIY project for most anyone.

If you’re considering purchasing an elfa® closet, you can download this coupon and use it before July 12, 2009 to save 25%!

Here are the previously posted videos in the how-to organize your closet series.

Organizing Your Closet – A How-To Series

Organizing Your Closet – Measuring and Planning Your New Closet

Closet Organizing – Removing the Old Closet

Closet Organizing – How to Sort & Downsize Your Closet Clutter

Closet Organizing – Sorting & Storing Your Linens

Closet Organizing – Sorting & Organizing Your Clothes

Closet Organizing – Sorting & Organizing Your Clothes

Thursday, July 9th, 2009

How many times have you said, “my closet just isn’t big enough”? Well the truth of the matter is, your closet is probably large enough, you simply have too much stuff! I’ve worked in a few hundred closets, and I find people use the wrong accessories to store their clothes, and don’t take the time to fold or hang items. Instead, they shove the clothes on shelves and expect their clothes to not be damage, wrinkle free, and they expect to find a ready to wear outfit in a timely manner.

In this fifth video of my “how to organize your closet like a pro” series, I’ll demonstrate the steps you can follow to sort your clothes. I also talk about the proper types of hangers to use, and how to avoid some common mistakes people make in their closets. Watching this video may just save your favorite outfit from damage!

I’ve previously posted five videos in this series. To view the other posts, please visit the links below. If you have any clothes storage tips you’d like to share, please comment below.

Organizing Your Closet – A How-To Series

Organizing Your Closet – Measuring and Planning Your New Closet

Closet Organizing – Removing the Old Closet

Closet Organizing – How to Sort & Downsize Your Closet Clutter

Closet Organizing – Sorting & Organizing Your Linens

3 Tips to Turn the Bedroom into an Organized Retreat & Beat The Bedroom Blues

Tuesday, July 7th, 2009

A cluttered home adds to the stress of daily life, and most often when we tackle organizing our home, we focus on the public rooms, such as the kitchen and family room, because we fear the dreaded unannounced guest. We often neglect the bedrooms. It’s easy to close the bedroom door, but at the end of the day, we are restless in our cluttered bedrooms.

Do you find that when you enter your bedroom that you are faced with a mound of clothes, a mess on the nightstand, and a pile of shoes on the floor? And each day you finally force yourself out of bed, are you rushed in the mornings searching through piles for something clean and wrinkle-free to wear?  If so, here are three easy, cost-effective tips to help you organize your bedroom.

Art of Storage, Clothes Valet

Get clothes off the floor. If you find yourself throwing clothes on the floor or using the treadmill as your closet, then add a bedroom valet or garment holder to your room. The accessories provide an easy way to preserve and organize your clothes until you are ready to put them away. The racks in The Art of Storage collection are affordable and stylish. These storage pieces features six loops at varying heights to allow for versatile garment draping options and the valet also includes a non-slip pants holder and coin tray.

De-clutter every surface. Overcrowding the surfaces of your dressers and nightstands with knick-knacks presents a cluttered look and makes it more difficult to dust. Select the top two or three non-essential items that are special to you to feature in your bedroom. The others can go into storage, be displayed in another room or maybe be rotated every few months. Remember – less is more.

Use under-the-bed space. Store out-of-season clothes and other items in containers made of plastic, canvas, or wood. Plastic containers are ideal if you have the ability to stack them. If you store linens in wood boxes, opt for cedar, which helps deter moths. Line the containers with plain unbleached muslin to counter the wood’s acidity and protect your linens. Use canvas bags that zip shut for delicate items such as cashmere sweaters, which need circulating air. Make sure all clothing and blankets are cleaned before storing.

A peaceful, clutter-free bedroom is ideal for a restful night’s sleep and piles of clothes don’t create the relaxing oasis you desire. A basic rule of thumb for clothing is if it is clean enough to wear again, it’s clean enough to hang up. Using The Art of Storage valet is a perfect way to store the clothes you’ll wear again soon and the coin tray is a convenient place to empty your pockets at the end of the day.

Beating the bedroom blues is possible – and once you tackle this task, you’ll feel the results immediately. Everyone deserves a calm and peaceful place to relax and re-energize.