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It can be challenging to keep your bedroom from collecting clutter. This guide is about organizing your bedroom.
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April 3, 2008

I really need advice on how to clean my room. I spend almost every weekend cleaning it but I am just not organized enough to keep it clean. If any one has any tips please help.

Danielle from Kent, WA

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By guest (Guest Post)
April 3, 20080 found this helpful

I have found the best thing to do is start small. If you have an excess of items that you haven't used in more than 1 week, it's time for it to go. Many charities will take these items in good condition. Then you will have more space to work with.

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April 3, 20080 found this helpful

OH-MY! What a kick! My adult kids live in or near Kent, WA! ...Below is the book that helped me like you wouldn't believe! It's an easy read that's also funny too! There's simple tips about how & where & when to clean, plus info about exactly WHAT kind of "Messy" you are. For example, I love to craft & sew so much I'll go from one project to the next without cleaning up in between, & if you do this for a month straight you don't even know WHERE to BEGIN cleaning

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I used to just stare at the mess, not knowing where to start! The author suggests you start by the door then follow around the walls in one direction. She says you always need 3 - 4 empty boxes whenever you clean. One for things that go elsewhere in the house. One for give away & One for throw away. This means you won't be running all around the house each time you need to take something to the kitchen or wherever. This book has changed my life!

THE NEW MESSIES MANUAL: $5
http://www.amaz … ng/dp/0800757262

THE MESSIES MANUAL: about $3 (the original written in the 1980's)
http://www.amaz … ty/dp/0800759796

PS. Instead of cinder block under my bed (which are REALLY heavy) I used a stack of tiles that I taped together w/masking tape. As long as it's sturdy enough to hold your bed up, it'll work to raise your bed for more storage underneath!

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Another thing that really has helped me with my little things (like sewing & craft supplies) is, I went to the Fred Meyer in Kent & bought some of their shelving strips that hook to your wall (they also have some free standing wood shelves for super cheep that can be painted)

Then I went to the Dollar Tree in Kent (on the corner where Kent-Kangley meets 240th Street) & bought a bunch of Square Plastic Dish Pans. These I arranged on the shelves to store things in. At "Dollar Tree" I also bought about 8 clear "shoe" boxes for storing smaller items. (they don't sell them at "Everything is $1, the other dollar store)

At the "Big Lots" in downtown Kent (across from K-mart) they sell a single bed for only $99 that comes with 3 drawers under in. Big Lots also have nice (free-standing) shelves for only $39. Big Lots is the best place to buy under bed storage boxes. That's where I bought my ("veggie") stacking Bins (where I keep my tools) I eye-bolted & wired them to the studs in my wall so they wouldn't fall over & they are now stacked to the ceiling full of tools.

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---> But Danielle, You really have to make a decision. Do you want to spend 15 minutes a DAY cleaning your room, or a WHOLE DAY on the weekends cleaning it? Me, I usually go for the latter & WISH I'd done the former. <*grin*> GOOD LUCK to you!

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By guest (Guest Post)
April 4, 20080 found this helpful

First I think its great you want to organize and clean thats wonderful! Try getting some storage containers to start with to get your stuff organized. If you have space under the bed get some of the containers that roll under the bed to store stuff. As for cleaning once stuff is organized what I do is try to schedule my cleaning times. When I'm really busy I do a little between appointments or whatever so your not so tired. And frustrated.

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By guest (Guest Post)
April 4, 20080 found this helpful

Pick up after yourself. If you pick it up, put it away. Handle things only one time; don't put it down and think you'll get to it later. You won't; that's why the room is messy.

In the morning, EVERY MORNING, make your bed and take a two-minute swipe at your bathroom with sanitizing wipes while you're getting dressed. On your way to the kitchen for breakfast, take any dishes or laundry with you.

These four simple steps will go a long way to keeping things neat and inspiring you to further order.

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By guest (Guest Post)
April 4, 20080 found this helpful

Decide a few things: When is the last time you used or wore an item, can or will you use it again, and (be honest) does it fit? If you have many coats, keep two. One for everyday, and one for dressy occasions. same for shoes. Be selective and ruthless. Just think, if you donate to charity, it can be tax deductable, you give to someone not as fortunate as you, and you feel good. Win-win situation!

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Books: Have you read it in the past year? Will you read it in the next six months? If no, donate it.

Bedding: I keep three seperate sheet/bedding sets, one heavy (winter) one lighter (summer) and one just cos I like it. Get those spacebags that you can vacuum out the air...just make sure if you do that route that you know that if you open and close those bags too much, I find that they do not stay airtight, and start to split...for my children (4 and 7), I keep two complete sets of bedding. One on the bed, one in the closet for when I change bedding.

oh, this should have gone with books, but: Magazines. If you buy it every month, subscribe, you'll save money. Then, after you have read the magazine cover to cover, if there is an article you really like, scan it into your computer, then donate it to local doctor or dentist offices or hospital waiting rooms.

As for storage: Don't forget that you can build UP as well as across. Stackable cubes, bins, etc. but one of the best things for keeping things neat: get in the habit of putting it away right when done using it...don't fall into the 'I'll do it later' routine. Also, before you go to bed, give your room a once over. Any dirty laundry that needs to be put in the hamper or clean that needs to be put away? Desk clear? Everything picked up from the floor?

Trust me, it may seem like it may take forever, but it won't, work steady, thoroughly and methodically. Slow and steady wins the race. If you are not sure, most likely you can get rid of it with very little exception.

Watch HGTV for those organising shows, as they often give inexpensive, creative and very cute ideas. Then watch 'How Clean Is Your House?' (check local listings) or Clean Sweep (again, check local listings) and see how bad it can really get, if you do not get ahold of it now.

Good Luck

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April 5, 20080 found this helpful

Just go to www.flylady.net and she will help you. It is a free service.
I have been involved with this site for over 5 yrs and love the tips, ideas and support that is offered.

The most important tip in my opinion is to keep your running shoes on in the house.

Karyn

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By guest (Guest Post)
April 5, 20080 found this helpful

I think the best advice is to take baby steps.

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April 6, 20080 found this helpful

I just helped a friend and one thing that really seems to have worked to make the room STAY clear is to put everything on the walls. Make your room like a store where everything is in plain sight so when you want to put stuff away you just throw this over here, that over there, no opening and shutting stuff. I hung tie racks up for necklaces, a shoebag rack on the wall for all the shoes (no more rooting around on the floor way back in the closet). A towel bar holds all the headbands, and a towel below that is on a second rod hanging there, and all the earrings hook into that. We went through the clothes and all the seldom-used ones went into the basement (warm dry basement). A set of bookshelves now has all the pants and tops, open and ready to grab. She didn't have a file cabinet so I bought a portable one, labeled categories, so now her photos and papers are safe and 'findable'. Her dirty laundry basket is at the foot of the bed, under a table, so it's sort of not so obvious yet a slam-dunk away. Good luck!

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By guest (Guest Post)
April 6, 20080 found this helpful

It is probably because you have too much in your room and that will make anyone stressful. Having less, means less stress or have lots of drawers to put the excess into. Also, dusting the furniture every week and cleaning the floors. Windows seasonally. Washing curtians, seasonally.
Donate the excess that you do not want or have a garage sale or auction. If you can keep up with the extra it is okay, but if not, get rid of it.

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January 28, 20050 found this helpful

I really need help to organize my room. I keep cleaning it, but it just gets messy again, no matter what. I try to store things but they just make it back out on the floor again.

Thank you,
Alicia, Oregon, 14

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January 28, 20050 found this helpful

There is a neat website (www.flylady.net) with tons of advice of how to get organized and stay organized. For example, she says just do a little a one time. When you start to organize, get two big garbage bags and each day put 27 items in one bag to throw away and 27 items in the other bag to donate to charity. When this is done (it may take you several days to do this) then you can "spring clean" your room one good time. Here's the kicker! Once you have spring cleaned, time yourself each day and just work on your room for 5 minutes! YES!! FIVE MINUTES PER DAY! Make sure you time this and really work for 5 minutes then stop. Believe it or not, over a period of time I have organized my ENTIRE house this way! P.S.- I think it's really neat that your 14 and want to get organized! I hope this helps!

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By guest (Guest Post)
January 28, 20050 found this helpful

A good way to start is to get rid of all that you do not need or like anymore, then donate these things to your local thrift store. Sometimes it is hard to organize when you have too much stuff.

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By guest (Guest Post)
February 1, 20050 found this helpful

Thanks for the tips it helped alot

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By guest (Guest Post)
May 13, 20060 found this helpful

Help! I really want to organize and Re-decorate. I love to make stuff so any ideas to organize or decorate that i can make are like perfact.

thanks,
Misty Rose, 12

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By guest (Guest Post)
September 2, 20070 found this helpful

The best way to clean your room is to make things very simple for yourself to put away. When you are tired, you tend to just throw things wherever you can to get them out of the way. Try buying some larger shelves that you can use for your clothes in your closet instead of just hanging them up or using drawers. Good luck!

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By guest (Guest Post)
September 3, 20070 found this helpful

I think the worst thing we all do is to just put things down when we're tired, or when we're ready to do something else. Over the course of a long and (sometimes) disorganized life I've learned that I shouldn't start anything until I've put away what I've been doing.
I use a lot of nice tote bags and baskets as "catchers" so that my rooms don't look messy.
My husband worked, years ago, for a tailor in the Bronx, who taught him to "work clean." He does, and it makes a big difference.
At a minimum, use some decent sized cartons, paint them a nice neutral color, and use them to corral things.
In the bedroom, you really need a clothes hamper!

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By guest (Guest Post)
October 24, 20070 found this helpful

I'm 14 to and just like anyone I always go up to my room and throw w/e anywhere there's a spot, I've tried to organize but I have to much stuff that I don't want to throw away! so yeah, if you can help me please say something! :)

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October 24, 20070 found this helpful

make you a memory board. first get a plan on what color you want it to be. you can match your room already exsisting colors. pick a theme like western. flower power, poka dots etc. only a few craft items are needed like fabric choice, ribbons, foam board the size you want it to be, thumb tacks or push pins. i found a web site that has many ideas to get you started. it should tell everything you need like glue gun etc. walmart sells lots of fabric for $1.00 a yard. you could get about 3 yards of some print you like or that matches your wall colors or the bedspread you already have and add these 3 items to match and give a new inexspensive look. and all you need to sew them up is either a sewing machine, or hand stitch them or even use fabric glue.
1. photo wall memorie board (use some of your fabric to make this) go by the website ideas below)
2. use some of the fabric to make you two throw pillows for your bed. Cut out 2 cirles or 2 squares. You can either fill them with new polyfill which you get from walmart for$3 per bag. Or if you already have pillows on your bed just make new covers for them and slip over like pillowcases with ends left open.
3. use some of the fabric to make you a matching valance for your window. just measure the width of your window and cut fabrics lenght that measure plus high that measurement to give it a fuller look. a basic rectangle shape will work hen around the whole thing once or use fabric glue on hems edge. you can attach it to the rod by using colorful clips like for hair or use a gromit gun and use shower curtain hooks to hang them. even use clothes pins to hang them and paint your clothes pin and hotglue tiny cute objects to them like rings, silk flowers, etc.
a quick way to add a new but cheap priced look. and change it out with fabrics for the season like spring flowers, clouds, rainbow colors, fall leaves, etc.
beaded necklaces are great for adding decore too.
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By guest (Guest Post)
November 18, 20070 found this helpful

i have learned that even if you try these things you don't always have enough time so don't do it all in one night, pick a night/ day to do it and then have someone come and help you do it. Who knows it might be fun!

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By guest (Guest Post)
February 18, 20080 found this helpful

I need help! Whenever I take something to my room, it mysteriously ends up on the floor. I need a space to put my random things too. I wanna redecorate! Help please! :D

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By guest (Guest Post)
April 27, 20080 found this helpful

Thank you, Alicia. These tips inspired me to clean my room!

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February 1, 20150 found this helpful

My 13 year old daughter has a medium sized bedroom and a queen bed. My mom bought her a bedroom set which includes the dresser/mirror and 1 nightable and a new mattress (queen) and I don't know how to organize it. My daughter is thinking of putting all her clothes into the drawers and putting shelves and a small chair in her closet. Can someone please help? Her comforter is black and white. Also she wants it cute and girly.


Thanks.

By Keila

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December 19, 20110 found this helpful

I have no clue how to do my room. My mom says I have to clean my room and organize it tomorrow while she's at work. I share a room with my sister and have a small room with lots of furniture with more coming.

I have 2 closets one for me and one for her and 2 dressers one for me one for her. I have a twin sized bunk bed, a desk that is long, a chest, a laundry basket, mirror, and a sewing desk with a sewing machine and a lot of fabric. I also have a bunny and lots of crafts that need somewhere to go.
Please help.

By Kaylin

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May 3, 20130 found this helpful

I try doing everything I can to make my room organized and still look cool. I have a double sized bed, a stool, art supplies in desk drawer and a little desk. How can I organize this room?

By sweetie123

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By 0 found this helpful
March 8, 2010

My room is an absolute disaster and its only a 12' by 12' room. Things I have: a queen bed, a six drawer dresser, a large corner desk, a small 3' by 3' closet and, a floor lamp. I currently have everything under my bed and in my closet. I need to organize and we can't go out and buy anything.

By Erin

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April 23, 20051 found this helpful

A bedside pouch, easily made from a towel or yard of fabric, that fits between mattress and box spring helps keep clutter off night stands.

By Linda

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By 0 found this helpful
January 15, 2009

If you live in a small home and need more space to store your crafts, yarn, and scrapbook supplies, think of buying an Under Bedskirt Shoe Organizer. They don't take up any extra room, come in all bed sizes, fit right under your regular bedskirt and, YES, all you gals with a shoe-fetish, you can even store shoes in them!

Here's a picture and more info:

Source: I found out about these wonderful little space savers through their TV commercial.

By CDR from near Seattle

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September 19, 20170 found this helpful

Teens are notorious for having messy bedrooms. Read on for some idea on how to organize your teen bedroom.

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September 24, 20170 found this helpful

There are a number of thrifty ways to make your bedroom your own and a showcase of your favorite colors and things. This is a guide about cute and fun ways to organize your room.

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September 20, 20170 found this helpful

Sometimes, kids and adults need to share a room which might mean the room needs to be laid out differently than if it was just for one or the other. Organizing a bedroom shared by adults and children takes a little extra planning.

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September 19, 20170 found this helpful

If you have a messy husband, it can be very difficult to keep the bedroom clean. Here are some ideas about organizing a bedroom with a messy husband.

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April 3, 20130 found this helpful

This is a guide about organizing a small bedroom. Organizing a small bedroom can be a challenge, due to the lack of sufficient storage space and other concerns.

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March 8, 20100 found this helpful

I have a very small bedroom and am in desperate need of ideas. Does anyone have any for me?

By Lena from Portland, ME

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Organizing My Bedroom

The basic theory here is you need to go "up" to make more room. If you haven't filled up yet on furniture you can get a wardrobe with drawers in the lower half and room to hang in the upper half.

You can get a hanging shoe rack: it has a hanger top and many pouches normally for shoes, but you can use the pouches for many things. Hang it on the back of your door or in the closet if you put stuff in it you don't readily need.

If you have a head or foot board on your bed devise pouches to hang on those for room.

Of course under the bed is space to use, but it helps if you can organize it. That shoe storage box they advertise on TV is really ideal and again you don't have to put shoes in it. Ask for one for Christmas.

Good luck. (11/24/2009)

By Suntydt

Organizing My Bedroom

Floor to ceiling book cases are the way to go. You have to build them, but the lumber yard will cut them to the size you want. If you stabilize them to the wall with a bracket they can be taken apart and moved with you. You can place plastic boxes on them and you won't believe the amount of storage space you have on the top shelves and the usable space you have on the lower shelves. (11/28/2009)

By Ann

Organizing My Bedroom

If you can, put shelves around the entire room about 18 inches from the ceiling. You can put things up there that decorate, but aren't needed below eye level. Good luck. (11/28/2009)

By Poor But Proud

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November 24, 20090 found this helpful

I rent a small bedroom and I go nuts trying to find anything like hair stuff, a measuring tape, trinkets, etc. It seems like my stuff is everywhere since I put things away on impulse then forget where I put them. I need help grouping miscellaneous stuff and how or where to store it. I want my room to look nice.

Loni from Albuquerque, NM

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Organizing My Bedroom

People have a tendency to cover the floors of a room and forget the walls have lots of storage area. I suggest you buy an inexpensive particle board shelving unit you can take with you when you move. This unit can be used to store folded clothing or anything you like. If you want to store small items like hair barrettes, etc, use plastic shoe boxes from the dollar store. You can label them as to what's inside, or just see through the plastic. Best of luck. (07/31/2006)

By Carol in PA

Organizing My Bedroom

I use an old Christmas tin to put hair things in, another to put stuff like nail clippers, tweezers, etc. I also bought some of those little plastic baskets from the dollar store and keep make-up, medicines, pens, pencils, and paper in them. (08/01/2006)

By micksgirl

Organizing My Bedroom

I have a similar problem with a closet in my bathroom. To organize cosmetics, toiletries, nail polish lipsticks etc., I have collected an array of small straw and wire baskets. I put alike things in each basket and have gotten used to putting things back in the correct basket after use. This makes getting ready for work each morning so much easier. I rarely spend any time searching for anything; I can go right to the correct basket. You could do the same in your closet, in dresser drawers, or on shelves. Keeps things looking neat and orderly. (08/01/2006)

By Claudia-MD

Organizing My Bedroom

The stackable plastic drawer units are nice. We have this one thing we keep in the bathroom, it has 3 small drawers and my daughter keeps her hair accessories in it. You could also use baskets that you can see what's inside, or those clear plastic shoe boxes with lids are nice and you can stack them. (08/01/2006)

By Debbie52

Organizing My Bedroom

Those are all great and workable ideas. You might also try this for a neat and tidy "open space" room. Purchase one of those inexpensive clear vinyl shoe holders that can hang on the back of your bedroom door; there are 20 or so clear "pockets" that really don't hold up well to storing shoes, but are superb at sorting socks/nylons, hair pieces and barrettes, (don't put a hot curling iron in!), brushes, make up, even the tape measure/sewing kits, nail care items, etc. And the best part is when your door is open, your dresser/furniture tops can be less cluttered and all your items are tucked safely behind the door! (08/01/2006)

By slw1299

Organizing My Bedroom

In my room I put cheap black wire shelving in with baskets and patterned boxes from the dollar store, Wal-mart, etc. I think it looks really nice for low dollars. I keep a master list of what's in each box or basket. Or you could label the containers directly. (08/05/2006)

By Rebecca Dunham

Organizing My Bedroom

Well, being a frugal queen sometimes, I actually learned that when someone tosses an old dishwasher, which happens frequently in our city, I grab the utensil basket from each one, which is usually either white or blue/green, and each one usually comes with a handle, all for free. These hold separate items well, frequently match in size, shape
and color, are almost always very clean and unstained, are sturdier than dollar store plastics, and can fit most any shelf.

Drawback is that they are not out of sight or covered from dust. However, they're VERY easy to keep clean, keep things dry, and I'm in most of them often and it doesn't matter too much. I place them on wire stacking shelves when I find those ALSO being tossed by wasteful folks. Secret: Simplify, don't keep accumulating more than you REALLY need. I use them in every area of my home for everything from gardening tools, glue bottles, bath items, under sink storage, garage for string, odd shaped small items, paint brushes and crafts. This is the best way I know to recycle them and prevent the good items from being destroyed unnecessarily in the city dump. Hope this helps. Good luck and God bless. (08/13/2006)

By Lynda

Organizing My Bedroom

Lynda, what an idea, never thought of that. I have seen dishwashers at the curb quite a bit. One day in fact, I stopped and took a bottom rack from one, just to come home and be disappointed that it didn't fit my dishwasher but it was worth a chance. Mine had areas that had rusted. I would think that the utensil caddies would be good for pens, pencils, kid's crayons, art supplies perhaps, paint brushes. I'm not exactly sure, but I could probably put some to good use and will definitely pay attention on trash day in the future.

I really don't want to accumulate more "junk" in my already crowded house, but if it's something I can really put to good use, then I'm all for it! (08/29/2006)

By Debbie52

Organizing My Bedroom

Save up toilet paper cardboard rolls to stuff pantyhose in them. It keeps them organized and you can tell what color they are right off. Especially helps with the socks that you can never find a pair of. (07/10/2007)

Organizing My Bedroom

I buy hat boxes at thrift stores and stack them, good for little things you have no places for. Also suitcases, I have some old vintage suitcases to store things in and just stack them. For my socks and etc. I have small tins that I picked up at the dollar store and put them on my shelf in my closet. Baskets work great for hair dryers, curling irons etc. (03/28/2008)

By Lindsay

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April 3, 20080 found this helpful

I really need help organizing my room. I don't have alot of stuff, just books and craft things, but whenever I pick my room up, it just gets messy again! Somehow stuf finds its way to the floor or bed! I'm 13 and need help on how to keep my room clean.

Bookluver! from Fallon, Nevada

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Cleaning and Organizing My Room

I can't believe no one responded to your post.

I think one of the ways to keep a room neat is to have a good system for where to keep things. First decide what is really important to you. What do you have or have a lot of that's really important? Clothes? Games? Videos? Computer desk? Art supplies? A doll collection or stuffed animals?

Whatever they are, you need to see what you have that you MUST keep in your room or you'll die without. So if clothes are really important, maybe you can get some parent help to redo your closet for maximum use and maybe even put your dresser in there or build in drawers so there's less furniture in your room. If you have a collection of something but the stuff gets in the way, maybe you can build a shelf along the ceiling a couple of feet down and put that stuff out of the way but still displayed.

I suggest the best book to read "Organizing from the Inside Out for Teens".

By Allison

Cleaning and Organizing My Room

We had this request before:

http://www.thriftyfun.com/tf115894.tip.html

There are step by step instructions how to clean your room.

By Susan

Cleaning and Organizing My Room

Yes, I know how you feel, having a messy room is no fun. Also wanting to start a new page by rearranging your room is a good thing to do before starting middle school. Start by just picking up your clothes and hanging them up, dust , vacuum etc. Then ask for an adults permission to rearrange your room. Instead of having your bed boring against the wall. Put it at a diagnol or change its posistion completely. Everynight before bed tidy up what you had taken out that day. If your parents see how clean you can keep your room, they may consider redesigning it.

by Abby

Cleaning and Organizing My Room

I have lived in tiny dorm rooms to sharing tiny apartments- tips from a 26 yr. old girl

1) Raise the bed by bed risers your parents can buy or cinder blocks.

Under the bed, keep plastic bins and label them. The plastic bins are good for keeping out of season clothing or shoes that you don't wear all of the time. It also keeps the dust out. Clear bins are a must- you have to see your goods. These will last a long time and you can take them to college!

2) Use cardboard boxes and cover them in magazine paper. Make collages or use funky wrapping paper to decorate them. You can also cover coffee cans. These can be used for desk storage. I personally like shoe boxes of the same size. You can stack them and keep momentos.

3) Laundry storage. Take 3 narrow trash cans with good flip lids. Provided you have the space, you can use these to sort clothing instead of dumping them into one giant hamper.

4) Cd storage is a biggie. Eliminate tons of cd racks and invest in those carry cases. They have stylish zippered "books" which hold up to 200 cds without cases. They look like binders but zip closed so dust stays out.

5) Instead of a nightstand, get a trash bin and cover it with a inexpensive sheet or end table cover. You can make it look like a fancy table but underneath hides the clutter. They have glass top rounds which are at any discount store like Walmart. Put it over the table cloth and it provides a sturdy surface to place your alarm clock or mini lamp. Store stuff that you don't always use but might need- like blankets. Just don't put anything in there that you will need to get to on a regular basis. It would be a pain to take off everything just to get to the bin!

6) Those mesh or plastic shower carriers are great for holding makeup. It hangs with a hook and can be folded up. You can see what you need to grab and it saves time digging through a makeup case. Plus, you can tote it with you and then fold it up when not in use.

7) HAve a school zone where you keep all your things in one place. Store your coat, gloves, hat, etc. then bookbag. If it is all in one place, you will never rush around in the morning. Set up school outfits the night before.

Keeping clutter down is really important to a clean room. If you haven't used something in one school year, ask yourself why you are saving it. Keep a box of those items you might want to hold onto incase you change your mind. Before tossing or donating it, limit your maybe items to a small box. When the box becomes full, you will realize that you were able to do without it and will most likely get rid of the clutter.

Have a clothing or item swap with friends at the beginning of summer break. Make it a sleepover party where everyone brings a box of stuff they'd like to part with- exchanging rules must be you swap one for one. If nobody wants the item, do not take it back with you. If you can't donate it somewhere, trash it.

Good luck! Cleaning your room shouldn't be a chore if the room stays organized!

By wheelbarrow_1

Cleaning and Organizing My Room

As hard as this may be to do (it is for me), you need to start by making throw away and give away piles. It is almost impossible to organize clutter. One thing you could do if you have a hard time parting with things is to pack them in a box and place them in the garage or attic for 6 months. If you haven't needed to open the box by then, donate the box - try not to open it and go through it first. Of course, I'm not talking about momentos!

By Ann

Cleaning and Organizing My Room

I use this idea in my children's bathroom. We have five kids so it worked great! But I also did it in my two youngest daughter's bedroom.

I bought those hanging shoe pocket organizers and hung one in the bathroom and one in their room.

The one in the bathroom had the oldest (and tallest) kids' lotion, dental floss, brushes, hair stuff, etc. in it. The lower ones for the younger kids. The only rule was that the oldest daughter could not put her razor in her pocket and had to leave that put up in her room.

In my youngest daughters room I put one for all of their beanie babies and stuffed animals that were that size or smaller. It was a miracle worker!

By Tawnda

Cleaning and Organizing My Room

Read about the Flylady at www.flylady.com. She'll tell you what to do to clean it and keep it clean. Also, declutter. Try not to accumulate more things (books included). Each time you buy one get rid of one. You cant organize clutter!

(03/20/2006)

By Carol in PA

Cleaning and Organizing My Room

OK...I have some advice and it is going to cost a few dollars but I will tell you right now: IT IS WORTH IT! You need to go to Walmart or the dollar store and buy plastic shoe boxes with lids. At Walmart they are only 88 cents and at the dollar store they are, well...a dollar. Anyway, they are great for art supples, make up, hair stuff, desk clutter, crafts, jewelery, nail polish, treasures etc. I label them and stack the 5 or so tall. I have the everywhere: bathroom, pantry, bedroom, laundry room, craft room, toy room. Even if you just buy 10 of them it will cost $10 and it will help so much that you will be waiting for your allowance to buy more. Your mom will be so happy she will offer to buy you more! Good luck and I hope you are willing to try this amazingly helpful hint! (03/20/2006)

By

Cleaning and Organizing My Room

Here are my suggestions:
1.) Purge what you don't need- more stuff means more time maintaining it (cleaning, arranging, storing.)
2.) Stay on top of things- do a little each day. That way, it doesn't become an insurmountable task. You would be surprised what you can accomplish during a 3-4 minute TV commercial break! Also, get in the habit of putting things away after you use them.
3.) Make sure there is a "home" for everything you own; if there are not enough "homes", you have too much stuff. (03/21/2006)

By Claudia-MD

Cleaning and Organizing My Room

I taught myself to keep it neat by giving myself one goal at a time instead of the WHOLE. Like every day for a month, the bed. the next month the bed and the floor. By the end of the year you'll look back and wonder what happened. Take the work you do for yourself personally. (04/21/2006)

By jeanne

Cleaning and Organizing My Room

It might cost a little, but it's worth it. You can go to Kmart or an organization store and find some great woven baskets with liners. You can fill them with clothes, books, CDs, etc., and stack them on a shelf. They look very neat and organized.
(04/29/2006)

By Organization Freak

Cleaning and Organizing My Room

The best thing to do is to get rid of things. Look at each piece of clothing individually. If you haven't worn it in the last three months and don't plan on wearing in the next three months...pitch it! Better yet, donate it. (07/27/2006)

By

Cleaning and Organizing My Room

Try breaking down every part of your room into categories. and give one category to a different day of the week for example

1. monday: bed (under and on top)
2. tuesday: bookshelf (inside and on top)

Then just keep it up from there and your room should stay clean for a very long time. Also like everyone suggested it is a good idea to buy storage bins or woven baskets for a little extra organization. good luck (10/08/2006)

By hypnotic eyes

Cleaning and Organizing My Room

I think having a schedule everyday, wherein you can clean thoroughly a part of your room using only 3-5 minutes is effective. I usually clean my study area on Mondays, bed on Tuesdays, upper closet on Wednesdays, lower closet on Thursdays ceiling on Fridays, tools on Saturdays and general cleaning goes on Sundays. just be sure to follow your schedule so you won't mess around. (10/11/2006)

By Arlan Alzaga

Cleaning and Organizing My Room

I have the same problem as you the only word I can think of is "declutter". It helps so much. I'm from England. Over here we just go to Ikea and it has loads of those to clip on to your wall draws. Spend a whole day just "decluttering" then get into the habit of just putting stuff back where it is meant to be! Ok? Also, try find a home for everything you own. (08/26/2007)

By Sara..x

Cleaning and Organizing My Room

I just set up a schedule if I'm busy. I have 15 minutes each day, tidy, tidy.
(02/25/2008)

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