Day 20: Under The Bed {31 Days of Easy Decluttering}

Welcome back to 31 Days of Easy Decluttering! If you’ve missed any of the previous posts, there are links to them all here.

Today’s Easy Decluttering Project

Today we’re talking about decluttering under the bed.  This may be an easy day for you if you regularly clean underneath all the beds in your home.  But chances are, at least one bed in your house has some clutter under it.  Maybe more.  Especially if you have kids 🙂

It’s easy to quickly toss things under the bed so the room appears clean and organized.  Trouble is, most people forget to go back and put those items away later.

The other thing you might have under your bed (if you’re good at maximizing your space!) is storage bins.  If you regularly go through these bins (e.g. if you store off-season clothing in them), they are probably not very cluttered.

But, if you store items under your bed and you haven’t gone through them in awhile, you likely have some clutter.  Even though you have space and your items are in bins, if you don’t need, use, or love the items under your bed, they are clutter.

Whatever you have under your bed, spend 10-15 minutes today decluttering it!

Easy Decluttering Steps

Throughout the series, you’ll follow these steps to complete each daily task.  {Don’t forget to take before and after pictures to share too!}

Note: The main purpose of this series is to declutter so don’t get overwhelmed doing too much cleaning.  Once your house is less cluttered it will be easier to clean so you can always come back and do it later!

Also, if you have the time, you can organize the space while you’re doing this step, but don’t get overwhelmed with too much organizing this month.  We’re focused on decluttering!

Purging Tips for Under the Bed

Follow the steps listed above, and use these tips as you purge (step #5) under the bed:

  • Throw away any garbage you find
  • Consider what the purpose of your space under the bed is and then based on that purpose, decide what to keep and what to purge
  • Relocate any items that do not belong under your bed (kids’ toys, dishes from a late-night snack, dirty laundry, etc.)

Under the bed is a great storage location, but make sure it doesn’t become a dumping ground or a forgotten wasteland.  If you keep photos or sentimental items under your bed, make sure they are properly stored and make a point of going through them from time to time to give honour to what you’re keeping.

Here are more tips on decluttering sentimental items if those are some of the things you’re keeping under your bed.

Pictures and Links to Inspire You

Here are some great under-the-bed storage and organizing tips from other bloggers!

  • Create storage under the bed using an old drawer and some casters.  These are great for kids’ toys!
  • Store seasonal items under the bed 
  • Store sheets in a bin under the bed (I love this idea since it keeps them right where you need them and doesn’t take up space in a bedroom closet or linen closet!)
  • You can also store gift wrap under the bed (those rolls fit nicely in under-the-bed bins!)

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If You’re On A Roll…

Declutter under more beds in your house!  You can get the whole family involved.  Check under couches and chairs if you want as well.

Or you can organize the space under the bed you just decluttered (maybe using some of the ideas shown above).

Good luck with today’s decluttering project!  I’d love to hear how you did, so please leave a comment and use the hashtag #31DaysEasyDecluttering when you share your pictures.

What did you declutter under the bed today?  How do you organize the space under your beds?

If you need help decluttering, contact me for in-person organizing services in the Mississauga area, or virtual organizing services anywhere else.

Happy organizing decluttering!