Opt for Storage Under the Bed

Tame the Shoe Pile

One of the quickest fixes to a bedroom closet overrun with shoes is to invest in a shoe rack. “I recommend a rack over a hanging shoe [bag] any day,” says Julie Morgenstern, author of Organizing from the Inside Out. Bags tend to sag and take up valuable hanging space, which most people can’t afford to give up, says Morgenstern. Plus, an expanding tiered shoe rack below your clothes keeps them accessible and away from dirtying or staining materials. If you have a mountain of shoes, Morgenstern actually says: “Don’t throw anything out! Get all 20 pairs of identical black heels lined up nicely.” If you enjoy abundance, often in about a year you’ll give in to those 20 pairs and be ready to let some go, she says.

Get Your Jewelry in Order

Create a Reading Nook

Rescue your reading chair from clothes and magazines by adding proper organization to a bedroom’s reading nook. Next to a comfortable chair, place a side table with drawers and/or shelves to keep piles of books off the floor. Keep one shelf for library books and another for your permanent collections. Magazines are best grouped in a magazine rack. To promote an uncluttered feeling, make sure you have fewer books than fit the space. If you read in bed, Julie Morgenstern recommends having a small bookcase as your bedside table.

Make Your Bed Every Day

Take Proper Care of Specialty Garments

If your closet is a haven for vintage clothing or your wedding dress, take steps to organize them by making sure they’re cared for. Get everything professionally cleaned, then choose hanger or box storage. If hung, get a quality hanger and wrap the dress or garment in muslin. If boxed, make sure the cardboard is acid-free and wrap each fold or crease in the clothing with acid-free tissue paper. Be sure to hang or store out of the way of your regular wardrobe, and check every year for damage.

Toy-Proof a Child’s Bedroom

To tidy up toys, purchase some canvas clothes hampers or crunch baskets, like those from the Container Store. They’re soft for your child and great for concealing clutter. Use different sizes for toys, like a smaller one for books and art supplies and a larger one for balls or stuffed animals. Involve your child in the organizing process — you can even turn it into a game — so he or she will be more likely to tidy up after playtime.

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