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Looking to move storage and organization in your bedroom from mayhem to Mecca? You’re not alone. Here are some tips you can apply today.

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In a perfect world, we’d all live in a spotless, white-picket-fenced home with fresh-baked pies cooling on the windowsill. Newsflash: It’s not 1950 anymore. Today, daily life is an exercise in juggling. Kids color walls. Clutter piles up. The to-do list grows. Life gets messy.

Don’t beat yourself up if you’re not living up to Martha Stewart standards. (Besides, international espionage is far more exciting than folding laundry.) Take that apron off. Put your feet up. Organization is about order, not perfection. So relax.

Here are a few tips to help you get started. First, we’ll tackle the bedroom:

Get in the zone

When push comes to shove, it’s easy to sweep your mess under the rug (or bed). We’ve all been there. And these days, a Netflix marathon and a glass o’ wine sounds more appealing than folding towels, doesn’t it? But that messy bedroom ain’t cleaning itself.

Fear feeds procrastination, so remain calm. Tidying isn’t all that bad. To get organized, sometimes you need to think like a military sergeant leading the troops to victory. (In this case, ship-shape domestic triumph.) To get the job done, pump yourself up. Crank up the music. Do some jumping jacks. Pour yourself a martini if you have to. (You can do this.)

Tackle the mess in stages

Whether socks spill from your drawers or shoes clutter your floor, lack of organization makes for a disorderly bedroom. When nothing’s in its place, stray slippers and yoga pants vanish forever into the dust-shrouded abyss of never-never land.

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When you’re dodging office birthday cake, an “out of sight, out of mind” mentality is crucial to your survival. That’s nothing like cleaning. You can’t just jam stuff into a drawer and look away. If organizing your bedroom elicits encyclopedia-level excitement—and getting motivated is tough—it’s best to start small. Tackle the mess in phases.

Pick a cluttered area, like your sock drawer, and divide and conquer. To keep everything tucked away nicely, add a few drawer dividers. When like items are stored together, gone are the days of rummaging around to find matching socks. Everything stays neat n’ tidy, and you’ll cut your “getting ready” time in half. (As long as coffee’s running through your veins.)

Clean out your closet

If your closet overfloweth with crap, it’s time to purge, my friend. Grab a garbage bag and put your game face on. If you haven’t worn those jeans for at least a year, maybe someone else could use them. Donate your unused items to a charity in need. For a fresh start, take everything out of your closet and organize your clothes into two piles: toss or keep.

For me, unwieldy items like scarves made for a crowded closet. (Fun fact: I own over 30 scarves.) To lighten the load, I grabbed a few scarf organizers—the ones with a series of loops—and tucked away my scarves neatly. If your budget’s tight, add a few plastic shower rings to a coat hanger instead. To cut down on the daily closet mining, arrange your clothes—from sweaters to pants—into categories. Your closet will look neat, and you’ll get ready faster.

Get hooked on hooks

decorative wall hooks

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When your organization is frenzied at best, stuff ends up in places it shouldn’t. Towels on the bed. PJs on the floor. Slippers collecting dust under the bed. (You get the idea.) If you’re like me, you may want to keep some everyday items—like robes, long-sleeved sweaters, and cozy PJs—on the ready. Instead of stuffing them into an overflowing drawer, or letting them hang out on the floor, these items are right at home on a few wall-mounted hooks. You can even use strategically placed wall hooks to house jewelry and scarves.

Take-home lesson

When life gets hectic, it’s easy to close the door on your messy bedroom. But with a bit of organization and elbow grease, you’ll tackle the mess and simplify your life. That’s a win-win, if you ask me.

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Tanya Roberts

Tanya Roberts is a writer and marketer who loves to spin stories about interior design and home decor. She is principle strategist at Bluefinch.ca