Room Revamp is a series where we help you make your bedroom your dream space. Unfortunately, you can’t really go changing your kitchen or sitting room, but your bedroom is your own and it should feel that way. From simple tidying hacks to creating more space and adding touches of style to make it somewhere you love to cosy up and have your friends over to. This week, we’re looking at the making your room *feel* like your room.
We all know the feeling of a having a messy room. You may live with it for a few days but after a while, things start to get out of order. Not only do you begin to lose your things but you also start to lose your mind… okay so that’s a little dramatic, but tbf, it’s a lot easier to concentrate, and a lot easier to relax when your room is tidy.
That’s why we’re here with our top tips on how to make sure you keep your room in order, one small step at a time.
1: Commit to doing a major clear-out
Doing a major clear out means one thing – getting rid of all that junk that has pilled up and which you haven’t used in over a year. Yep we said it. If you haven’t used something in a year and it’s still taking up space in your room the chances are that it needs to GO! This doesn’t mean that it has to go to the bin though. Why not give those old ornaments, teddies and presents to charity and let someone else gain joy from something you’re not actually using. We all know how difficult it feels to part with items we have had in our bedroom over the years whether they hold sentimental value or not, but be ruthless in your clearout as it will make space for a prettier and more manageable space.
2: Use what you have
Once the major clear out is done- you will now be able to see what you actually have. The biggest tip we have is use what you can to your advantage! For example, if you have decided to keep those old photo frames make sure to fill them with photos and place them somewhere visible in your room. Similarly, if you have old cushions you have decided to keep, make sure to put them out on the bed or even get them redesigned in a different fabric. The key here is to use what you have already instead of buying lots of new things.
3: Organisation is key
If you haven’t tried this already – get yourself to somewhere like Dunnes, Home Stores & More, Dealz or IKEA and buy yourself some drawer organizers or drawer dividers (they will change your life!). They are a cheap and easy way to get some order in your room. For instance, you can have a drawer organizer for your all your miscellaneous items making it super easy to pick out your knickers, socks and bras early in the morning. You could also allocate another set of drawer organizers for your tops, tanks and shorts etc.
4: Keep essential items in the same spot
Even if you’re not having the most organized day- make sure and keep your most used items such as your phone, purse, earphones or water bottle in the same place all the time. If you don’t do this your room will never be tidy as you will tear up the rest of it looking for all your important stuff. Even if this means putting a small box on your bedside table, where you can chuck all your essentials into. Simple!
5: Whatever you do, try not to dump your clothes on the floor
The only way to keep a tidy room is to refrain from dumping your clothes on the floor as once you start-it can become a habit and it’s harder to stop. That one pile of clothes you put on the floor can slowly become a mountain before you know it by the end of the week. If they’re clean, put them away, if they’re dirty, chuck them in the wash basket. Taking a minute or two to do this every night will ensure your floor doesn’t become a floordrobe!
Look, we know that tidying your room can be a pain but if you keep on top if it, it’s so much better in the long run. Not only will it please your parents but also yourself and you’ll have more time to spend doing the things you want to do rather than sorting out clothes from last week’s mess.
Words: Stephanie O’ Connor