If there’s one thing I wish I was better at it’s organisation. Quite honestly, this house move has made me realise just how much rubbish we’ve held on to in just four years which is no time at all. We’ve already decluttered and thrown out so much and I don’t want it to become a habit again.
Since we’re focusing on the bedrooms as a priority, especially the boys’, organisation is going to be key in all of our rooms especially since we have so much more storage than we could have ever hoped for compared to our old house. We’ve had varying levels of ruthlessness while we’ve been unboxing and unpacking in the new house and I think that’s the first step to getting organised.
Get Your Declutter On
A good declutter and sort out is absolutely key to knowing what kind of storage you need. If you’re anything like my Nan you’re a bit of a hoarder and end up keeping 98% of what you’re ‘sorting’ through, whereas we’ve probably only kept around a quarter of what we had before.
When we were packing everything up we tried having a bit of a sort out but it’s the unboxing where we’ve really been hitting the bins. There’s something so freeing about getting rid of stuff you just don’t need.
Don’t just think you need to clear your bedside table, start with one thing at a time and have an idea of what you want to achieve. Do everything from your bedside table to your wardrobes, chest of drawers and, my worst nightmare, the toy boxes.
I try and bin things that have really had it and donate things that still have life left in them. The best thing about decluttering is that you have even less to find storage for, although inevitably you will always accumulate more especially around birthdays and Christmas!
Organise Ahead Of Storing
The best way to work out what storage solutions will work for you is to organise what you have. In the boy’s bedrooms we know we to think smartly about how we’ll store odd shaped toys, where we’ll put their clothes. Toby is starting school so I need to think about things like his book bag, backpack and all the other school related things. Teddy, on the other hand, still needs nappies, wipes and he’s also starting nursery.
Storage doesn’t mean it has to be hidden away so utilise all the space you have in your bedrooms, especially if you’re struggling for space, and think from ceiling to floor how you could organise and store all your bedroom belongings.
Get Your Storage
Start with one of the biggest pieces of furniture in the bedroom; the bed. How can you make this work for you? Lots of beds offer really clever storage solutions, especially for those aiming for minimalist looks. This selection of divan beds from Bed Guru is incredible, whether you feel drawers in the base would suit your storage needs, or whether a base or side opening to utilise the whole of the underneath, they’ve got you covered.
Our bed has no underneath storage at the moment but we’ll be investing in a piece which can offer us a decent amount of storage in the near future as there’s so much empty space!
Other solutions include storage within the headboard, the end of the bed, cabin beds for the kids rooms as there’ll be plenty of room underneath there for extra storage, or it can free up some floor space if you’re hoping to increase room to play.
I think bedside tables are a really personal thing. We have one either side of our bed as we’re lucky enough to have the space but for those of you who are limited I think it’s about knowing what you want to use it for. Ours doesn’t really store anything other than little bits here and there really so we could probably only need one drawer rather than the three we have but those three drawers to someone else could be the end of their storage woes.
Again I think this is about creating space where you don’t have it and filling the gaps between the ceiling and the floor. I’m hoping to get some shelves up on the walls in the boys bedrooms to showcase some of their keepsake pieces and in our room I really want to mount the television to the wall so that we don’t have to have an extra surface taking up a corner of the room.
However, I’ve seen some gorgeous bedrooms that are shelved completely on one wall and these have been used for all sorts of things though personally I could never see myself doing it.
I don’t mean that I want to have wicker or rope baskets everywhere but the boys have one each in their bedroom so that, at the end of the day, if there are toys everywhere they can be thrown into the basket and sorted at a later date. It also means the boys can dip in and out of the toys they’ve been playing with freely rather than hauling another box out from somewhere.
These are also really handy to have in the bottom of wardrobes for things like shoes, other accessories or even more toys!
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Let me know your bedroom storage hacks!
*This post is in collaboration with Bed Guru. All views and opinions are my own.