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Declutter for the New Year: Start with the Bedroom

1/4/2011 12:00:00 AM

Tags: bedroom

While the benefits are irrefutable, clearing the clutter from your home can be a daunting task. It’s best to start small, with just one crucial area, and continue once you’ve enjoyed that success. The bedroom—perhaps the most important room in your home—is a great place to start. Imagine the serene night’s sleep you’ll have without all those piles of clothing and books—and the energetic noise and dust bunnies they generate.

Here are three great tips from “Simple Living” TV star Wanda Urbanska to get you started.

1. Furniture: Less is More 

Having too many dressers, tables and chairs jammed into a space—no matter how large—makes it feel smaller. Invite a friend over for a streamlining session. Move everything out, then open your mind to new arrangements. Bring in the pieces you love most until the room seems adequately furnished but not overly stuffed; the remaining furniture is probably unnecessary.

white bedroom 
White bedding will help streamline your bedroom. Photo by ooh_food/Courtesy Flickr. 

2. Clothing: The Hidden Culprit 

Clothing, shoes and accessories accumulate. Set aside half a day (with a decluttering buddy, if you can find one) and go through your wardrobe ruthlessly, donating what no longer fits, what you haven’t worn in a year or two, and what’s outdated. Take everything out of the closet and put it in piles to donate or consign, trying on only the items you aren’t sure about. (In the process, I guarantee you’ll discover at least one “treasure” that you’ll want to reclaim!) Before you reload, separate all shirts, dresses, pantsuits and tops into categories. Organize shirts and blouses according to color, from light to dark, or by use, such as dress shirts and T-shirts. This system helps you see what you have.

3. Streamline Bedding 

Sometimes the bed itself—including all the attendant bedding and pillows—can create visual clutter. Consider streamlining your bedding, says Lisa Quinn, San Francisco-based interior designer and author of $500 Room Makeovers. Go for basic white sheets or plain pieces in a limited color palette, which are interchangeable. You also can pick up spare linens at thrift shops and consignment stores. “If your bedding is all white,” Quinn says, “it can take so much off your plate!”

Sweet dreams!

 



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