A Stupidly Easy Trick to Keep Your Bedroom Clutter-Free

Not to be dramatic, but this basket saved my life. 
Not to be dramatic, but this basket saved my life.

I’m not a big fan of New Year’s resolutions (read more about that here). However, I do love any attempt at making your life happier, healthier and less stressful. My beef with the New Year’s thing is that it’s focused on one day. Why not resolve to make your life better whenever you’re feeling motivated? For me, that time is almost never New Year’s Day. But I digress.

If you’ve been reading Hey Eleanor for awhile, you know that I’m constantly battling crap.

I feel like my house is full of crap, I have too much crap in my closet, our drawers are full of kitchen crap, office crap, linens crap, and just more and more crap. I know I’m not the only person with crap/clutter problems. Here’s the proof: this is by far the most popular post on my entire site. By tens of thousands of visitors. I kid you not.

If I was a truly smart business person, I’d only blog about de-cluttering.

Or as I like to call it, de-crapifying. But instead, I’ll stick to writing about what I love: facing fears, travel, adventures, trying new things and how to make the most out of this whole life thing. This post is about that last one. It’s a simple idea. Stupidly simple.

This is probably the best thing I did for myself last year.

I’ve always had a clean clothes problem. Not a dirty clothes problem. Dirty clothes are easy. They go in a hamper, to be forgotten about until laundry day. But clean clothes! Ugh. Putting them away after they’ve been washed? Easy-peasy. It’s the clothes I’ve worn once and can be worn again, or the clean clothes that I’ve tried on and decided not to wear that are a problem.

Does this look familiar to you?
Does this look familiar to you?

I’m sure you’re familiar with this scene:

You’re getting ready for work (or a date or dinner with friends or the gym or whatever). You try something on and it’s just not right. You take off said item, throw it on the bed and try on something else. Then, something else. By the time you’re ready to go, you’re running late and it looks like your closet barfed on your bed. But you don’t have time to pick everything up, so you leave it for later. And when you get home at midnight, you’re too tired to put stuff away, so you just throw it on the floor. The next day, you wade through your clean clothes to get to the shower, thinking “I’m 33, dammit, when will I start feeling like an adult who has their shit together?!”

My friends, the time to start feeling like an adult is now.

And it’s so easy. Stupidly easy. Here’s what you do:

1. Buy a pretty, large basket. I got this one from World Market (aka The Basket Store) and I love it.

2. Put it in your room (or if you’re lucky enough to have a big-ass closet, put it in there).

3. Throw your clean clothes in it when you don’t have the time or energy to actually put them away.

Basket of wonders.
Basket of wonders.

This one simple trick has kept our room mostly clutter-free for months. Sure, my clothes sometimes end up a little wrinkly (honestly, they’re usually fine), but not more so than how they’d look if I just left them on the floor. It’s a stupidly easy trick, and for those looking to de-clutter and de-crapify in the new year, I can’t recommend it enough.

Airing my CLEAN laundry. 
Airing my CLEAN laundry.

You could use a similar tactic with these common clutter-y culprits:

1. Designate a decorative mug or small container for change, bobby pins (<<< also a problem for me!), hair bands or small jewelry.

2. Find a pretty basket or container for all the GD cords and chargers that come with your electronics. Keep those eye sores hidden away where they belong!

3. Designate a basket for magazines instead of letting them rot on your coffee table (or dining room table if you’re me).

Feel free to share any other stupidly easy de-cluttering techniques in the comments. Here’s to a crap-free 2016!

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Are you looking to de-crapify in the new year? Here’s 7 Ways to Get Rid of Your Unwanted Crap, what happened when I got rid of 90 percent of my clothes (with before & after pics!), plus my foray into the world of KonMari.

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Comments (11)

  • April H. 2 years ago Reply

    My biggest clutter problem is clothes also, I’m really bad about putting away my clean clothes after doing laundry. Like, embarrassingly bad about it. You can go into my room at any given time and there will probably be at least one basket full of clean clothes sitting there. Then it eventually turns into a messy pile. I’m off work this week and one of my projects is to clean up my room. I’m 28 and I still live like a teenager! (when it comes to my room anyway). I do like those baskets at World Market, maybe I’ll have to try one out. I have a wicker laundry hamper with an attached lid but it snags my clothes so I don’t like to use it. I have thought to myself many times there needs to be a service that comes to your house exclusively for laundry – folding, putting away, etc. I’ll add that to my list of ideas for a retirement business haha.

    Happy New Year!

    molly mogren katt 2 years ago Reply

    I am sure you could hire someone to do that for you. I mean, you can hire someone to clean up dog poop in your yard… But the basket is cheaper. 🙂

  • annaliese 2 years ago Reply

    My husband and I recently adopted a basket of our own. We call this putting our clothes in "clothing purgatory." Feel free to scold them in your best higher-power-esqe voice too. Sanity saver!

  • Cindy 2 years ago Reply

    My husband has a basket for his ironing and I am just now realizing, DUH! I need one for my semi-clean clothes (mostly cardigans, ha)! So smart and easy that I feel totally dumb.

  • Kathryn 2 years ago Reply

    I have one of those sets of six hanging shelves that I use for clothes I’m not ready to wash yet. Top shelf for undergarments, next shelf for regular clothes, third shelf for workout clothes, bottom shelf for dirty items that need special handling like not going through the dryer.

  • Samantha Holloway 2 years ago Reply

    My brother has this shallow dish that sits on his counter and holds all his pocket stuff; when it gets too full of change, he takes it to the Coinstar and then usually takes himself to a movie.

    I LOVE the basket idea! I’m total crap at putting my laundry away, and there’s always that chair where everything always winds up. The basket thing sounds like a cure!

    molly mogren katt 2 years ago Reply

    I used to have "that chair" and got rid of it for that reason. Basket is way better!

  • Melony Smith 2 years ago Reply

    I am 56, and still to my regress hate to put clothes away. Wish I was an engineer, I would invent a dryer tattoos and hangs. Any engineers out there?

    Melony Smith 2 years ago Reply

    where did tattoos come from😕 to fold and hang🙌

    molly mogren katt 2 years ago

    O knew what you meant & I wish that existed, too!

  • Sue Katt 1 year ago Reply

    This is such a good idea! I’m with you, clean clothes – no problem, dirty clothes – no problem, its the ones you’ve tried on or only worn for a short time! I have found with most anything (like having a basket for the mail) that if I figure out a way to not have things look cluttered I’m more likely to actually take care of it because I’m no longer overwhelmed – so I can imagine I would be more likely to put away clothes that are in a basket than ones that are laying on my bed. So weird and so true.

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