Simple Tips for Organized Bedrooms & Living Spaces


Simple Tips for Organized Bedrooms and Living Spaces via Clean Mama

The 2014 Start Here series has been a huge hit.  Every week, we’ve tackled a small organizing task in our homes with the hopes of organizing our lives a little better.  As the year is nearing a close, every week in December I am highlighting an area in the home to work on.  This is a great time to finish up any missed tasks or take a couple minutes to get a specific area tidied up a bit.  This week take some time to straighten up any areas in your BEDROOMS AND LIVING AREAS that need a little attention.  Here are some posts from this year to give you a little inspiration and help along the way.

  • Your entryway and mudroom can set the tone for how you feel when you walk in to your home. These three steps to a clean and organized mudroom will start you off on the right foot.
  • It’s easy for closets to become a tangled mess of clothes and disorganization. Keep everyone’s clothes organized and closets clean with these five tips.
  • No more searching for random socks and missing undies with these three organizational suggestions.
  • These four steps to an organized nightstand will keep those things you want handy at your fingertips and all the unnecessary not.
  • When is the last time you went through your books? Consider purging your books and quickly tidy up your bookshelves with these tips.


5 Ideas for Organized Bedding

5 Ideas for Organized Bedding via Clean Mama

This week’s organizing focus is BEDDING.  You can find November’s FREE Cleaning and Organizing calendar here and December’s here.

Your challenge this week is to take a little time to sort and organize your bedding.  Regardless of your bedding storage,  take a couple minutes this week to organize the space.  Here are 5 tips for bedding storage and care to get you started.

  • Re-purpose or donate any linens or bedding that haven’t been used in the last year.  Do you really need 6 sets of sheets?  I keep one extra set for each bed and I find that this not only keeps the laundry down it also makes it easier for storage.
  • Take inventory for guests – do you have enough pillows, pillow cases, and bedding?  I figure 2 pillows per person on all of our beds and then make sure that I have extras for company as well.
  • With winter upon us, take blankets out of storage and wash if necessary.  Do you need additional blankets/quilts/comforters?  Or do you need to trim down what you have?  Now is a great time to assess the situation.
  • Use a basket or bin for overflow storage.  Contain your linens and linen closet items with a basket or two is a great way to keep the closet organized.  If your folding is a little haphazard (see above) or if you have too much stuff on your shelves, baskets are a great alternative.
  • Use a pillowcase to store your folded set of sheets.  Fold your fitted sheet into a small square, wrap your flat sheet around the fitted sheet, tuck one of your pillowcases in between the flat and fitted sheet, and then put that “package” into one of the pillowcases from the set.  This keeps the set together and looks much neater on the shelf.

What are your best bedding tips?  Share in the comments!

Martha Stewart Living Master Bedroom Closet Makeover

I was asked to share a Martha Stewart Living at The Home Depot Closet System makeover on my blog and while our master bedroom closet system was fine, you can bet I agreed to install a Martha Stewart Living at The Home Depot Closet System!

Martha Stewart logo

The process started with measuring out the closet and inputting the dimensions into  There are three colors to choose from – Classic White, Espresso, and Wild Cherry.  I chose Espresso and ‘built’ the closet in the closet design system.  I love all the extras and add-ons that are available – hampers, belt and tie racks, sliding wardrobe rods, shoe shelves.  The closet design system was so easy (and fun!) to use.

Martha Stewart for The Home Depot Closet - Clean Mama

This is one of the 3 walls in our master bedroom closet that I designed.

The process is simple.  Design your space, order it online or pick it up at your local Home Depot.  The installation definitely requires quite a bit of time, a trusty level, and power tools, but the quality of products is great and the instructions are thorough and easy to follow.  (I did have professional help with the installation and makeover.)

Here’s a before picture of our master bedroom closet – nice, but the wire shelving wasn’t working well with the large space, so there was a lot of wasted space.

Master Bedroom Closet Before via Clean Mama

The first step was to completely clear the closet and remove the wire shelving.  I also wanted a fresh coat of paint on the walls too.  I went with a lighter shade of the master bedroom and bathroom color and we added a new light fixture.

During Master Bedroom Closet - via Clean Mama

Here’s the completed closet system from left to right around the closet…..

Master Bedroom Closet After 1  via Clean Mama

Master Bedroom Closet After 2 via Clean Mama

Master Bedroom Closet After 2  via Clean Mama

Once everything was installed and in place it was time to organize the space and put everything away.  We are still working on getting the space just how we want it but it’s working great so far.  I can’t believe how nice it is to have drawers in a closet system – it definitely helps to keep it all organized.  Here are a couple more pictures showing how everything fit back together.

Master Bedroom Closet After via Clean Mama

Closet System Drawers via Clean Mama

The hampers are my favorite feature via Clean Mama

Master Bedroom Closet Final via Clean Mama

Master Bedroom Closet Final 2 via Clean Mama

Master Bedroom Master Bedroom Closet Makeover via Clean Mama

  • Want a little more inspiration?  Take a peek at this gallery on – it shows 4 ways to use the MSL Closet system.
  • Don’t miss out on The Home Depot’s Summer Home Organization Event starting July 10th through August 17th that brings you the best prices on shelving units, boxes, moving supplies, totes, baskets and more. Organize your life with fantastic storage and organization ideas from The Home Depot. From your closet to your garage to your pantry, The Home Depot’s storage options simplify and streamline your living spaces.
  • Disclosure:  This product was provided by Martha Stewart Living at The Home Depot. I only promote products that I love and use – all opinions (as always) are my own.  Read my full disclosure here.


3 Steps to Organize Your Socks and Undies

3 Steps to Organize Your Socks and Undies via Clean Mama

This week’s organizing focus is your (or someone else’s) SOCKS + UNDIES DRAWER.   If you haven’t grabbed June’s FREE cleaning and organizing calendar yet, you can go here to grab it.

Your challenge this week is to follow 3 steps to organize your socks and undies.  Start with your own socks and undies drawer – if you don’t keep them in a drawer, or don’t have socks and undies together, choose one or the other and follow the same steps.  If you feel really motivated, organize more than one drawer.  Kids home?  Have them sort and organize their own socks and undies – give them a little direction and help if needed.

The easiest way to start this process is to start by emptying your drawer.  I find that completely clearing and cleaning out any space is the best way to organize it once and for all.   If you need some type of drawer organizer to keep your drawer a little neater, plan to purchase that this week as well.

  • Completely empty the drawer and wipe clean.  It’s so helpful to get everything out of a space before organizing it so you can see what your space really looks like.
  • Toss any socks or undies that have seen better days, don’t have matches, don’t fit, etc.  If there’s something that you’ve been holding on to and haven’t worn it in 6 months to a year, get rid of it.
  • Group like items together – I use small lidded shoeboxes (without the lids) in all of our drawers to keep the socks and undies sorted.  Once you’ve grouped like items together, you can put everything back in your drawer.  Fold neatly or just toss in a box or small bin.  Whatever works for your style.  I prefer a more contained approach – socks get folded together and tossed in a bin, undies all go in a bin (not always folded), etc.

Have a great idea for organizing your socks and undies drawer? Leave it in the comments!


Spring Cleaning : Assembly Line vs. Room by Room

What's the Best Way to Spring Clean?  Assembly Line vs. Room by Room via Clean Mama

What’s the best (fastest, most efficient, most effective) way to approach spring cleaning?  Should you go room by room cleaning it top to bottom?  Or is it better to take it one task at a time (wash all the baseboards, wash all the floors, vacuum all the corners, etc.) for the ultimate efficiency?  Ultimately whatever gets you to get the cleaning done is the most effective method.  No magic solution, just whatever motivates you.  My preferred method is to do spring cleaning assembly line style – wash all the baseboards, wash all the floors, dust all surfaces, wash all the windows….  But if you follow me on Instagram you saw last week that I was working on the master bedroom.  I tackled this room and didn’t move on to any other spring cleaning until it was finished.  Why?  Because I tend to save the master bedroom and bathroom until last because no one sees it, but this year I started with it and it REALLY needed to be spring cleaned.

Today I’m going to share with you how to spring clean a room, any room in the most simple, effective way.  Don’t think that this has to be completed in a day – if you only have little spurts here and there, just complete as you can.  If a task doesn’t apply to your specific room, just skip it.  You can go here to grab my FREE spring cleaning checklist.

  1. Remove any hanging drapes, curtains, shower curtains, etc. and place in the washing machine if they are washable.  Dry on a low heat setting and remove before they are completely dry and re-hang.  This will minimize shrinkage and keep your ironing board away.
  2. Wash any pillows.
  3. Rotate/flip mattress and sofa pillows.
  4. Dust from the top down – ceilings and corners are first.  Dust walls if you need to.  Then move to dust and polish flat surfaces.  Use a lint roller to clean your lampshades.
  5. Vacuum or wash vents.
  6. Vacuum corners and baseboards.
  7. Wash baseboards.
  8. Vacuum floors.
  9. Wash floors.
  10. If you’re cleaning a bathroom, move on to clean the tub, shower, toilet, sink.

I’m using the hashtag on Instagram #springcleaningcm for my spring cleaning tasks and you can too!  Follow me here!

This post is part of a spring cleaning series – go here to see all the posts.


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