You know that feeling when fall starts to creep in and you realize your bedroom has become a cluttered mess over the summer? The heavier blankets come out, the air gets crisper, and suddenly all the little clutter corners and piles of stuff you ignored for months seem more annoying than ever. Before fall gets into full swing, it's time for a bedroom decluttering to make space for cozy nights in. A decluttered and organized bedroom will make the transition to fall so much more relaxing. Here are the top things to declutter in your bedroom before fall:
1. Clear Out Old Bedding and Linens
Out with the old, in with the new-especially if your sheets, blankets, pillows and mattress pads have seen better days. Replace anything over 3-5 years old to ensure maximum comfort and hygiene. Donate or recycle what you can.
While you're at it, do a quick inventory of your linen closet. Toss or donate any worn, stained or rarely used sheets, blankets, towels and linens. Make space for crisp new bedding and linens that will make your bedroom extra cozy this fall.
2. Donate Unworn Clothes From Last Year
Go through your closet and drawers and pull out anything you haven't worn since last fall - or longer. Be ruthless. If it doesn't fit you, is not pleasing, or is out of style, toss it into the donation pile. You can look for things such as:
Oversized sweaters, bulky jackets and layers you won't need for the warmer months.
T-shirts with stains, holes or that have become misshapen over time. No one wants an ill-fitting tee!
Jeans that are faded, torn or don't fit quite right. Make space for new, flattering denim.
Pajamas and lounge clothes that have seen better days. Treat yourself to a comfy new pair!
Bag up everything you're donating and drop it off at your local charity shop. They'll be thrilled with your lightly used clothing and you'll feel good knowing it's going to help someone in need. Most importantly, your decluttered closet will be ready for a new season of stylish outfits! What are you waiting for? Start sorting and make space for fall. Your tidy bedroom will thank you.
3. Under the Bed
The space under your bed is prime real estate for clutter and forgotten items to accumulate. Make decluttering under the bed a priority before fall arrives. Pull everything out and get rid of anything ripped, stained or that you haven't used in over a year. Once you've removed unused items, organize what's left. Look for matching storage boxes, bins or baskets to corral smaller items. Label each container to make stored things easy to spot. If you have larger items like suitcases or extra furniture, consider sliding them under one side of the bed or storing them elsewhere. Keeping only what you need under the bed will make the space feel open and clutter-free.
Now that you've organized what's staying under the bed, do a quick clean of the area. Vacuum up any dust and dirt. Mop or wipe down hard floors. Clean baseboards and the bed frame. A clean space will make accessing items you've stored much more pleasant.
4. Toss Out Expired Toiletries
When did you last go through that drawer filled with lotions, creams, makeup, and other toiletries? Chances are some of those products have expired and it's time to throw them out. Check the expiration or ??use by' date on each product and get rid of anything that's more than a year or two old.
Expired cosmetics and skincare products won't work as well and can potentially cause irritation or infection. It's not worth risking your health or comfort to hold onto old products you're no longer using. Do a quick wipe down of the drawer or cabinet while you're at it to remove any built-up dust or grime.
Throw out any mascara, eyeliner or other eye makeup over 6-12 months old. Eye infections are no joke!
Toss facial cleansers, lotions and creams over a year old. Their effectiveness starts to diminish and bacteria build-up is possible.
Get rid of old makeup like foundation, concealer, blush and eyeshadow over a year old. Makeup loses pigment and can clog pores as it ages.
Donate any unopened toiletries to a local shelter. Share the wealth with those in need rather than throwing usable products in the trash.
Doing a deep clean of your bathroom drawers and cabinets will make you feel refreshed for fall. Get started today and enjoy your decluttered, organized space!
5. Replace Worn Out Furniture With New Accent Chairs
If your accent lounge chairs, swivel lounge chairs or bar stools with backrests are sagging, stained, ripped or just uncomfortable, it's probably time to replace them. Old furniture that's past its prime will make your bedroom feel drab and dreary.
New accent chairs, like a tylish swivel lounge chair or a pair of luxurious bar stools, can do wonders for breathing new life into your space. They provide extra seating for reading, lounging or enjoying a cocktail, while also adding warmth and visual interest to your bedroom decor.
When shopping for new accent furniture, look for pieces that match your existing decor style. If your bedroom has a glamorous, luxurious vibe, consider jewel-toned velvet swivel chairs or metallic bar stools. For a cozy farmhouse feel, woven wicker chairs or rustic wood stools would be ideal. You can never go wrong with timeless neutrals, either.
Replacing well-worn furniture is one of the most impactful ways to give your bedroom a refresh before fall. New accent chairs, in particular, create a cozy place to curl up and also act as stylish statement pieces. Your bedroom will feel brand new again in no time!
Now that you've gone through your bedroom with a keen eye, you should be feeling refreshed and rejuvenated. A clutter-free space does wonders for your mood and productivity. While decluttering isn't always the most enjoyable task, the end result is well worth it. You can now lounge comfortably in your favorite accent lounge chair or swivel lounge chairs without tripping over unused items. Take a moment to appreciate your hard work - you deserve it! A decluttered bedroom is the perfect way to welcome the cozy fall season.