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How to organise a small bedroom

Now that we're all spending extra time at home, it's the perfect opportunity for (re)thinking about (re)organising everything. How to organise a small bedroom is one of the questions asked most frequently, since space is the issue. However… have you ever stopped to think that you might have more space than you originally thought?

Shelves, bedside tables, ottoman beds or beds with drawers, wardrobes, shoe racks… Sure you have the space, but it might not be organised very well. Here are some simple and practical ideas for organising a small bedroom!

How to organise a bedside table

Bedside tables tend to get overlooked when thinking about keeping a small bedroom tidy... and it really shouldn't be! Whatever type of bedside table you have, you can find a way to organise it. Throw away anything you might be storing unnecessarily, but keep anything that would be useful in this space: your books, ear plugs and mask, if you use them, hand cream, an alarm clock, if you have one…

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Drawers: allies in your fight against disorder

All types of drawers go through cycles of being a real mess. Sorting the drawers is always on our to-do lists — the time has finally come! Start in the same way as you did for the bedside table: take everything out and give the inside a thorough clean.

Once this is done, continue with the following steps:

  1. Get some bags that you can use to throw away or donate anything you don't use or is a bit too shabby. This will give you some extra free space in your small bedroom.
  2. Do you have any drawer dividers and organisers? Well, you just need to use them in the right way. Arrange things by type of garment.
  3. Use one drawer per type of clothing: underwear in one, basic t-shirts in another, then long-sleeved t-shirts, jumpers, etc.
  4. Inside each of the drawers, you can organise garments by colour or by use: put whatever you use the most at the top so you can get them more easily.
  5. For underwear and socks, if you don't have dividers, try making your own with any cardboard that you have at home. Use it as it is or paint it in whatever colour you like or to complement your bedroom decor.

Learn how to organise your accessories

No doubt your small bedroom doubles as a storage space for all your accessories — your necklaces, rings, belts, sunglasses and everything else. Compartments bring order to your chaos helping you to sort socks, lingerie and accessories and keep them gathered in one place. Use SKUBB products for complete control of your wardrobe.

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Sorting out shoes in small spaces

Let's continue in our effort to completely rearrange the bedroom and make it as good as new! We'll move on to another recurring issue: how to sort out your shoes. Like you did with your clothes, start by making room and bag up anything you want to throw away or donate.

Here are a few ideas that we think (and hope) will help you:

1. Organising with boxes

Do you have any unused shoe boxes lying around? Or better yet, transparent boxes? Well, now is the time to use them to get organised. The advantage of using transparent boxes is that you can see what's inside. If you only have ones that you can't see through, then grab a permanent marker and write on the box what shoe is inside. For example: "yellow summer sandals".

You can put them in various places, depending on your needs: inside the wardrobe, if you have space to do so, in the ottoman or underneath your bed, and so on. That being said, make sure the shoes you wear most are easy to grab.

2. Organising with other solutions

If you already have shoe storage in your small bedroom or in the hallway, it's time to clean it up and get the most out of it. You can strap pairs of sandals and slimmer shoes together using a rubber band or some string, so they take up less space. Need more shelves for your folded clothes? Simply hang this storage inside your wardrobe or on a freestanding rack like the SKUBB in the image.

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3. Use blankets to decorate (and stay tidy)

Finally, now that your bedroom has been freshened up, take advantage by washing all of the blankets. The bedroom blanket or blankets that you use the most do not have to be stored away for the space to stay tidy. You can place them at the foot of the bed, folded or even falling down one side, giving it a different touch.

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We love it when customers use our products in a creative way. You can be creative too! But bear in mind that any modifications or changes that you make to IKEA products prevent them from being resold or used for their original purpose, and, therefore, your IKEA product guarantees will be void and you won't be able to return the products.