A Quick Guide on How to Organize Your Room

As you glance across your room you see piles of clothes spilling out of the dresser and closet, random shoes scattered throughout, and stuff everywhere, with every flat surface covered in various things.  How did it get this bad?  If you’re wondering how to organize your room when it’s gotten to the point of no return, you’ve come to the right place.  
How to Organize Your Room

How to Organize Your Room When It’s Beyond Messy

I promise you that getting started is the hardest part.  There’s always a million reasons to procrastinate organizing, but at some point you have to say enough is enough!  Instead of thinking about what a pain it will be to get your room organized, think about what you would like the room to look like.  What will it feel like when it’s organized and you can actually find things?  Creating a vision will help get you motivated to work towards a positive outcome, instead of focusing on the negative mess.

How to Organize Your Room

Sort Into 4 Categories

When evaluating how to get your room organized, the best way to start is by sorting through everything.  I recommend using 4 decent sized containers or boxes, and sort things into the following categories: keep, donate, recycle and trash.  Keep in mind you’re just sorting at this point, not putting things away yet, that way you can stay focused and complete the task.  This part of the process should be done as quickly as possible, without too much time contemplating each item.  If you come across something that you think you should get rid of but are having a hard time letting it go, put it in the keep pile for now and you can revisit it later.  Once you’ve finished sorting, remove all of the sorting containers, leaving just your keep pile.

Evaluate Your Keep Pile

Now it’s time to evaluate, organize, and put away what you’re keeping.  Group like items together, evaluating if you need to downsize further based on the quantity of those items.  Focus on your vision for your room, and contemplate if all of those items fall into that vision you are creating.  If you haven’t used something in the past year, why do you still have it?  Evaluate why you are holding onto this item and whether or not you actually need it.  There is only so much space in your room, so keep the things that you love and that make you happy and align with your vision.

Make Your Life Easier

Everything you’re keeping should have a place, so if it something doesn’t, then you need to create a “home” for it.  Items that you use on a regular basis should be easily accessible, while things that are used less frequently can be put up out of the way.  Think about what would make your life easier.  Make use of boxes and containers that can help keep things neatly sorted and organized.  Label containers if you can’t see what’s inside so that everything is easy to find in the future.

Maximize Your Space

When determining how to organize your room, make sure you’re maximizing every possible storage space.  For your closets, there are hanging organizers that make use of vertical space that is often otherwise wasted.  There are also many different types of organizers that hang on the back of doors, like shoe organizers, or ones that have different sized pockets to hold other various items.  Don’t forget about the space under your bed – find containers that are just the right height to slide underneath. Containers with wheels can act as additional drawers under the bed, making those items more convenient to get to and easily accessible.

Photo courtesy of The Container Store

Stay on Top of Things

Now that you’ve learned some tips on how to organize your room, once you have accomplished the task I’m sure you’d agree that it takes much less effort to stay on top of things versus having to start the organizing process all over again.  Find a way to make organizing a priority and part of your normal everyday routine; for example, putting away clean clothes right away instead of letting them accumulate into a mess.  Little things can make all the difference, and just taking small steps to stay organized will make your life that much easier.

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