How to Organize a Small Bedroom to Maximize Space

Here's our expert advice for decluttering your small bedroom space and keeping it organized.

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If you have a small bedroom and youve run out of ideas to keep it tidy and organized, dont worry, were here to help! Weve consulted organizing experts to get some great tips for how to organize a small bedroom and create the serene space you need to recharge.

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Step One: Declutter

According toprofessional organizer andowner of Time to OrganizeSara Pedersen, the first step to organizing a small bedroom is decluttering.Put away everything that is out of place, thentake a fresh look at whats left and pare down.

Take stock of items youre storing in your bedroom that could be stored elsewhere, organizing expert and owner of simplify 101 Aby Garvey says. For example, photo albums or other keepsakes and clothing youre holding onto for sentimental reasons or thats seasonal could be stored in another area of your home, freeing up precious space in your small bedroom.

Find Hidden Storage Space

Once youve decluttered, look for open areas in your bedroom or closet, and brainstorm storage solutions that could transform these areas into additional storage space,Garveysays. Do you have extra wall space for more shelves or space for a storage trunk at the end of your bed? If so, use it to your advantage.

Two jackpot bedroom storage spots: behind the door and under your bed. The door can hold hooksand vertical organizers for items such as shoes, scarves or jewelry, while under-the-bed space isgreat for off-season clothing storage, extra blankets and sentimental items.

If your bed is low to the ground, purchase some inexpensive bed risers,Pedersensays. Raising your bed allows under-bed plastic, cardboard or DIY storage drawers to slide in easily. You can hide the bed risers with a bed skirt or with your comforter.

Make Your Nightstands Work

According to professional organizer at Order. and author of Crush Your ClutterMary Carlomagno, if you do need a little extra storage space, select a nightstand with drawers.A small three-drawer dresser makes your nightstand do double duty, gaining more space for bedside necessities and then some.

Max Out Your Closet

The more you can store in your closets, the less that has to be stored in your main bedroom area, making it feel more spacious. And contrary to what you may believe, its not impossible to eke more storage space out of your closet. Consider smart floor storage, double-hang bars, hooks on closet walls and more.These simple, inexpensive DIY closet storage updates will help, too.

Make Your Small Room Look Bigger

A few tips beyond organization to help create the illusion of space:

Leave Room

Empty space is essential for making asmall bedroom look bigger because it helps the room breathe a bit. Plus, one additional item wont result in overflowand therefore more space-hogging clutter.

Consider Light

Lighting makes a big difference in a small room as it immediately makes the room feel bigger,Pedersensays. Add different types of light fixtures throughout the room, including ambient, task and accent lighting.

Hang Curtains

A rule of thumb (fromArchitectural Digest) is that curtains should be hung between four to six inches above the window frame. When you hang the curtain rod high,the window appears taller, making your room look bigger than it actually is.