Is your room a mess? Do you have clutter everywhere you look? Maybe you can’t find anything in your closet or you have random items scattered all over your floor. Maybe you found an old sandwich under your bed and it freaked you out so much that you googled how to organize your room and ended up here. Regardless of your reason, I have solutions for you! Below is your ten step plan on how to organize your room. Let’s get started!
Step 1: Get Sorting Boxes
The first thing you should do if you want to know how to organize your room is getting boxes to sort your things into different categories.
You should have a box for keeping, a box for donating or selling, and a box for trash. Make sure you label them with a marker so you don’t accidentally mix them up.
You should also get backup boxes if you have a lot of stuff and make two or three boxes for each category.
Step 2: Clean Out Closet/Dressers
After you get your boxes the next thing you should do is use them to sort out all your clothing. Take all the clothing out of your closets and dressers and lay them out on your bed.
Piece by piece look at each item and decide what you want to keep, donate, or sell. If it’s no longer wearable, but the item in the trash box.
For everything that’s left, you can organize by putting like items together. I sort mine by putting together my jackets, my sweaters, my long sleeves, my short sleeves, and my tank tops.
A creative idea that my friend had was to put her dresser in her closet and put her shoes on top of the dresser so she could have her entire wardrobe in one spot all tucked away.
If you use these cascading hangers to maximize your closet space, you may no longer need your dresser, clearing up that much more space for your room!
If you want more tips on organizing your closet, and even making money on the things you no longer need, check out my article on how to clean out your closet.
Step 3: Clear Your Walls
This step is usually nice and easy and for some can be skipped all together. Do you have a lot of stuff on your walls?
Over time, our posters, wall decor, and to do lists taped to the walls can make our room look more cluttered and collect cobwebs.
First, take down everything from your walls and decide what you want to keep and what you feel you should finally retire.
Once your walls are blank, wipe them down with a damp cloth to get rid of dust and cobwebs. If you want to have a more grown up look for your posters try these slim black frames from Amazon instead of taping them to the wall.
Afterwards when you’re rehanging, put similar things together in groups like photos of you with friends or your diplomas. You can sell vintage posters online or donate them if you don’t think they’re worth selling.
Step 4: Clear The Floor
After you’ve cleaned off the walls and possibly even cleared out a dresser, it’s time to clear the floor of any clutter, including under your bed. Start at one end of the room and sort out what you are going to keep, sell, donate, or throw away.
Clearing the space out from under your bed is important because this is where you will be storing any off-season clothing and other things you don’t frequently use.
Step 5: Clear Out Your Desk
If you don’t have a desk in your room you can skip this step. If you do have a desk, clear off the top and clean out all the drawers.
Make sure you wipe the entire desk down with some cleaning spray and paper towels before you put anything back.
Get rid of any doubles that you may have of staplers, hole punchers, etc. Go through all your pens and markers and throw away any that no longer work.
I used this acrylic organizer to sort all of my pens and other office supplies afterwards. It really helps you see what you have.
Step 6: Clean & Make Your Bed
This step is super easy. Strip your bed and wash all your blankets. If you want to spoil yourself, you can even get a new bed set for yourself. This will totally change the vibe of your room.
Sprinkle baking soda along with your favorite essential oil to kill the dust mites living in your mattress. Vacuum up the baking soda to get rid of the dead dust mites.
If your mattress has a odor, you can also spray vinegar along with the baking soda to soak up funky smells. Keep your bed clear of clutter and make a point to make your bed every morning.
Step 7: Clean Mirrors & Baseboards
Wipe down any mirrors and windows you have with this eco friendly glass cleaner. Make sure to use a paper towel and not a towel because the towel fibers will stick to the glass.
Also make sure to wipe down the baseboards of any dirt or stains that have built up overtime.
Step 8: Vaccum or Polish Floor
If you have carpet, vacuum to get up any dirt laying around. If you have wood floors, make sure you mop or swiffer. And if you want to go all out you can polish your wood floor for an extra shine.
Step 9: Take Care Of Your Designated Boxes
Your “keep” box should be empty by now. Everything you want to keep should be put back in your room in a proper home.
If you have anything to sell, you can post them on websites like Poshmark, Craigslist, or Ebay. Donate your donation box to your local church or homeless shelter.
Lastly, make sure your trash box is gone through and recycle what you can. Toss the rest.
Step 10: Make a Plan For The Future
If you don’t want your hard work to go to waste, you’re going to need a plan to keep your room organized. Make it a point to take ten mins every night before you go to sleep to tidy up your room and put things in their proper home.
Take out any cups or plates and put them in the sink. If there is an item that doesn’t belong in your room, go put it in it’s correct spot in the house.
Lastly, don’t forget to clean your floors at least once a week.
If you’ve followed this list step by step, you should be looking at a transformation. What used to be a cluttered mess that only caused you stress is now a place that is organized and relaxing to be in.
You are now a master when it comes to knowing how to organize your room. Now it’s time to sit back and enjoy your new space!
Is there anything I missed? Let me know in the comments below!