Top Tips for Organizing the Bedroom

Arrange and organize the bedroom with an eye toward lighting, storage and furnishings.

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Tap Under-Bed Areas

Commercial organizing products are available to slide neatly in the space beneath the bed, or check the restaurant supply store for sturdy, inexpensive bus trays. Use them to store handbags, out-of-season clothing, bulky sweaters or gift wrap.

Safety Counts

Be sure the bedroom includes basic safety supplies: a nearby smoke detector, flashlight and batteries, and for upper-story bedrooms, an escape ladder. Tuck safety supplies beneath the bed to avoid stumbling around in the dark next time there’s a power outage. A tip from earthquake country: Never retire for the night without placing robe and slippers near the bed.

Go for Dual-Duty

When selecting bedroom furnishings, look for double-duty solutions that will add storage space to the bedroom. A bed headboard that doubles as a bookcase keeps a bedtime reader's books close at hand. Toss a long cushion over a cedar chest, and you’ll create a seating area and storage in one. Add a fabric skirt to a dressing table to conceal a small rolling drawer organizer.

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Excerpted from Houseworks, by Cynthia Townley Ewer

Text Copyright © 2006, 2010, Cynthia Townley Ewer, extracts from Houseworks, reproduced with permission from Dorling Kindersley Limited

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