How to Declutter a Bedroom & Closet

By Tico+Tina

Last updated September 26, 2022

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It’s tough to know how to declutter a bedroom since they are uniquely personal spaces let’s take a stab at it and make your room a place you love to be .

How to Declutter a Bedroom & Closet

1. Get Rid of Pillows

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Do you have decorative pillows that just get in the way?

Maybe you have old pillows stashed in a closet somewhere that you never bothered to get rid of.

We had a few randoms floating around our house that didn’t really get used at all. Sayonara, and good riddance.

2. Get Rid of Linens

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How many extra sheets do you really need? Certainly not more than one extra set per bed.

Even if you have a child who wets the bed, if they’re wetting it more than once a night, there’s always the lay-down-a-towel trick unless you’re really a glutton for punishment ?

Like my grandma always said, “one to wash, one to wear” – I think it works for sheets, too. And pillowcases.

3. Get Rid of Towels/Washcloths

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Do you change your sheets every day?

You’re probably touching your sheets 5-8 hours a day, whereas you only use a towel for a minute or two – at the cleanest part of your day.

Say you use the same towel several times* – how many do you really need? Probably not as many as you have.

In 2014 we invested in towels that we love and cut down to one towel each + a couple guest /backup towels.

It’s been wonderful – less laundry, less folding, more space in the cupboard, no more towels laying on the floor to guess if they’re dirty or clean or whose they are…

As mentioned by many readers, one great place to take used towels is animal shelters. Based on our experience, secondhand places usually take them also.

*We’ve had many people comment or email various warnings about the danger of towels… honestly, to hear some of the horrors, you’d be logically better off not wearing clothes either, but I appreciate the sincere concern.

Please see our post about towels for more information, but one helpful aspect is to use the right kind of towel that dries very quickly.

4. Get Rid of Hangers

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Is your closet littered with a messy mix of hangers?

We tossed out all but the plastic hangers, mostly with the no-slip grooves in them, in 2010 and haven’t looked back.

Your hanger of choice might be different, but it sure feels nice to have uniformity with them, whatever the case may be.

I also super highly recommend using pants hangers and putting one pair of pants on each clip, and I’ve been really happy using these drop down hangers for small spaces.

5. Get Rid of Lingerie

Not to create any enemies among husbands here, but I’m guessing a good 90-100% of wives reading this have lingerie they don’t use.

You probably got a stash when you got married that spent more time on the floor than your body, but is by now likely feeling dejected in the back of a drawer.

Between weight fluctuations with having kids, and the busyness of life, and not being able to wear it around the house because of said kids, most of those clothing items have probably passed their prime.

Don’t get me wrong, I’m not saying never look sexy again.

I’m saying, maybe keep one or two special things, especially if they actually fit, but get rid of what you don’t use. (I took pictures of mine so I could look back someday and say oh yeah, teehee.)


Get something new! That you actually feel good in! And schedule in regular-ish time to actually wear it!

(See, husbands, I’m on your side here.)

For other guidelines on how to declutter a bedroom and closet, see our handy dandy Wardrobe Editing Decision Guide.

40-things-you-can-get-rid-of-without-even-missing-becoming-minimalistWhat’s something we’ve missed on this how to declutter a bedroom list?

Ready to tackle more? Check out our lists for other parts of your house gathered in one place as well as a free printable cheatsheet here – 40+ Things You Can Get Rid of Without Even Missing

*Photos from Pixabay

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