How We Organized Our Small Bedroom


Last week I posted here on Home Talk about the bedroom mini-makeover my husband and I did to hold us over until we have time for a bigger renovation. Today, I wanted to follow-up and share some of the easy solutions we came up with to keep this bedroom organized.
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The challenge with this bedroom is that we do not have a giant master suite with an MTV Cribs walk-in closet. We have a small bedroom with one closet and two dressers and here's what the one closet was looking like:
how we organized our small bedroom, bedroom ideas, closet, organizing, storage ideas
We started this organizing project with a major purge. I was ruthless and got rid of almost any piece of clothing that doesn’t get an A+ in Fit, Color, Style, and Feeling. And then I convinced my husband to do the same, which was quite a feat, because he has a harder time letting things go.
I organized the remaining hanging clothes by color just cause I like the way that looks. :)
how we organized our small bedroom, bedroom ideas, closet, organizing, storage ideas
We added four Ikea Branäs baskets on the shelf to hold some of my workout gear, our swimming suits, and medical supplies, which we like to keep here, far out of curious kid finger reach. We also labeled each basket.
how we organized our small bedroom, bedroom ideas, closet, organizing, storage ideas
On the floor, on the left side, we added Martha Stewart cubbies purchased at Home Depot to hold hats, scarves, and some shoes I like to keep out of harms way.
how we organized our small bedroom, bedroom ideas, closet, organizing, storage ideas
On the right, we added new laundry hampers. In the past, we had two hampers here: one for our clothes and the other for the kids. (Don’t ask me why.) This was an annoying source of clutter because I never wanted to mix my delicates with the regular stuff, so I would just leave those in a heap on the floor.
To address this major source of distress in my life, we decided to move the kids’ laundry to the bathroom closet and got two Ikea Mulig hampers, so now we have four compartments just for us.
how we organized our small bedroom, bedroom ideas, closet, organizing, storage ideas
What about the dressers? Here's a sample of the embarrassing mess the dresser drawers used to be:
how we organized our small bedroom, bedroom ideas, closet, organizing, storage ideas
And here's a sample of how much neater they look with some drawer organizers from Ikea. I have found that drawer organizers make all the difference in staying organized. (There are great tutorials online for making custom organizers out of cereal boxes or whatnot too.)
how we organized our small bedroom, bedroom ideas, closet, organizing, storage ideas
We also have a bonus storage area in our bedroom. Our Ikea Brimnes bed comes with two large drawers on each side. I put two large Skubb dividers in my right-side drawer to house purses in one and clothes “in use” in the other. In addition to the dirty laundry, another major source of clutter in our room were the clothes that were not clean but not yet ready for wash either.
how we organized our small bedroom, bedroom ideas, closet, organizing, storage ideas
In the other drawer, I put three Ikea Knarra baskets to hold my ever-important catalogs, magazines, and extra candles.
how we organized our small bedroom, bedroom ideas, closet, organizing, storage ideas
There are a few more details and other organizing projects on our blog if you are interested (link below)!

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Have a question about this project?

3 of 8 questions
  • Judy Moore
    on Apr 25, 2018

    how big is the closet back wall?

  • Cat
    on Jan 9, 2019

    Where did you find the labels for your storage bins?

    • Ella
      on Jan 29, 2019

      you can get them from walmart or target depending on where your from or just any regular art store

  • Catherine
    on Jan 12, 2019

    where did you find the thing that you put ur clothing in with a cover

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  • Karen Anne Mahoney
    on Mar 28, 2018

    I am super impressed with this project! Great job!

  • Jane Boyd Holt
    on Jan 10, 2019

    You’ve touched on every problem area I have - candles , magazines, not clean but wearable clothes - hopefully I’ll be able to find answers that work for me as well as you have! Thanks for the great tips!

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