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Organize That Bedroom, Already!

Corral clutter in the bedroom and you'll rest easy

By Jan Soults Walker

You likely have more than just PJs that need a storage spot in the bedroom. Here are some bedroom organization ideas for stashing reading materials, DVDs, out-of-season clothing, pillows, bedding, and more.

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There are some pretty sweet bedside tables on the market, but is the one you have now really doing the job? Most of us need a table surface beside the bed that holds a lamp, a beverage, a book or two, and a cell phone or alarm clock. That's a lot of stuff, so it's a good idea to have a drawer in the bedside table for tucking away some of the clutter, with room for a flashlight, remote controls, your eyeglasses, and current books or magazines. Add a bottom shelf with a basket and you've got a tidy storage spot for all the things you want to read.

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What Lies Beneath

If your bed is elevated on legs, then you have some storage room underneath it. Look for shallow containers that can slide easily beneath the bed or opt for drawers on wheels that swiftly roll out when you need your stuff. Under the bed is also a good spot for stowing special vacuum-sealed bags. These nifty products are especially handy for fluffier items, such as comforters, pillows, and out-of-season clothing. Place the items in a bag, then use your vacuum to withdraw the air and compact what's inside—making it almost flat—so it slides effortlessly below the bed or into other tight spots.

In lieu of stashing goods on the floor under the bed, consider a platform style bed with drawers below—an ideal location for storing socks, underwear, and workout duds. 

Head of the Class

In addition to using space below the bed for organizing belongings, consider vertical space behind the bed. Some headboards feature cabinets and open shelves for storing and displaying your things. These are especially handy when bedroom space is at a premium and bedside tables won't fit.

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Something's Afoot

Even in a small bedroom, the foot of the bed may accommodate a trunk or storage bench—a bonus for providing a spot to sit and take off your shoes. A cedar-lined trunk is especially handy for storing off-season clothing because the aromatic wood wards off fabric-hungry insects.

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Armoire Adoration

Put an empty wall to work with an armoire that conceals items behind doors. Options to consider include adjustable shelves, drawers, closet rods, and space for the television and other media equipment.

A Leg Up

If you have room for a small seating area, add a storage ottoman for tucking away books, games, CDs, or DVDs. Even if there's no space for a chair, a round storage ottoman requires little floor space and can tuck neatly into a corner, offering a spot to sit as well.

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