RL Tips: Organizing Your Bedroom

Keep the bedroom calm by not allowing clutter to take over


Start with a general cleaning of the whole room. Sort through your things and determine which items are to be kept, tossed, or donated. Maintain it by scheduling weekly cleaning and quarterly purging. Remember that this room is meant for relaxing—as much as possible, leave work, gaming consoles, and the like in other areas of your home. 

Styling by Issa Villar. Assisted by Paula de Guzman. Photographed by Paolo Feliciano.

Read the original article (“3 Cluttered Zones, Controlled!") in the June 2013 issue of Real Living Magazine. Download your digital copy of Real Living on the Real Living App now! Log on to for more details.

Getting Started:

Become a basket case. Open shelves and tabletops are vulnerable to clutter. Unless you keep books and magazines lined up properly, it is advisable to place them inside baskets or boxes. Smaller containers work well for delicate items such as jewelry and hair accessories.

Find unexpected storage. The area under the bed is valuable space that is often overlooked. Use under-bed storage containers, or opt for a customized bed with drawers underneath so you can use it to store extra linen or important documents (add a lock). Hard-to-reach areas, like the space between your closet and ceiling, are great for suitcases and other seasonal items.

Add shelving. A night table can only hold a few books. If you’re a bookworm, try adding a slim bookcase or built-in shelves to house your collection of good reads.

Keep off the floor. When you leave things on the floor, they can pile up and look messy. Try to have a place for everything—hang bags on hooks on the wall, drop used clothing in hampers, place laptops on desks, etc.

Bedside Buddies. Keep your bedside table organized as well. Place on it only those you need-a lamp, one or two of your current reads, mobile phone, and a decorative piece. Corral small items in a small tray so they don’t clutter the space.

Here are practical picks that may help you:

Storage Boxes, P950 (small), P1,250 (medium), Make Room & More

Shoe Boxes, P1,199.75 (set of 10), Howards Storage World

Rattan Basket with Handles, P2,950, Muji

Magnets, P99 (set of 4), Magnet Boards (9X12”), P399, Sitting Pretty

*Prices are subject to change.


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