Smart Small Bedroom Organization Ideas to Make The Most of Your Space

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Does it ever feel like the last place in your house that gets any attention is your bedroom? You’ve picked over the house and organized, but your small bedroom organization? Non-existent.

Am I right? Especially if you have a small bedroom because if your bedroom is small, organization is even more important for you.

But what tends to happen is as you are working on the rest of the house, the bedroom because the dumping ground for the “stuff” that doesn’t have a home.

It shouldn’t be that way. Your bedroom should be your cozy sanctuary. Not the dumping ground.

Why Is It Important to Have Small Bedroom Organization?

There are two reasons that it’s important to keep a small bedroom organized.

  1. You do a lot of living in the bedroom. If it’s a small space and if it’s not organized it’s going to get messy fast. Messy is stressful.
  2. Small spaces have unique needs for organization. You can totally take advantage of all of the space in your small bedroom, if you organize it properly.

First Things First: Purge

There should never be an organizing how to for any room in any house, small bedroom, organization, giant kitchen organization, dungeony basement organization, that doesn’t first start with a good purge.

You have too much stuff. Unless you are actually Marie Kondo, there is stuff in your bedroom that you can get rid of. So get to that first.

It will make the rest of the process SO much easier.

If you need help with decluttering, this is a great How To Declutter tutorial.

Just make sure that as soon as you’re done decluttering, before you start any organizing, you actually get the stuff you decluttered out of the house.

Then you can move on to some of these amazing small bedroom organization ideas.

Dresser Drawer Organization

Let’s assume that your bedroom is at least big enough to have one dresser. If you’re sharing that dresser with another person, then you need to really make sure you’ve got a lot of function happening within those dresser drawers.

The Small Stuff

To keep all the little stuff like socks and undies organized, it’s great to have an insert for your drawers that will make little compartments for all of that.

I love this drawer organizer from Amazon because it truly has a spot for everything.

You might be thinking that this isn’t something that you really need. But this drawer organizer isn’t just for separating your socks from your bras. It also is the perfect visual reminder that you NEED to do laundry.

When you’re down to one pair of undies in that little compartment, you know it’s time to do some wash. Or else.

The Bulky Stuff

For the rest of your drawers, a good question to ask yourself before trying to pack everything away is, “What do I really want in a drawer and what should be hanging?”

You might find that your bulky sweaters and hoodies make a lot more sense hanging in the closet than folded in a drawer.

You might also find that your pajamas make way more sense stored in your bedside table if you have one.

Once you’ve figured out what is definitely going to get folded into the dresser drawers, it’s important to fold them in the most space efficient way possible.

And that way is the Marie Kondo way. There is no doubt in my mind that the best way to fold pretty much anything is in the Kondo style.

Organize your small bedroom drawers with a Marie Kondo fold.

There are less wrinkles and you can fit way, way more into each drawer.

My friend Marissa from Squirrels of a Feather has an amazing tutorial on how to fold every.single.thing the Kondo way. There’s even video!

You might find that once you’ve figured out the Marie Kondo fold, you can fit two types of things in one drawer. So maybe your tshirts and your leggings suddenly fit easily in one drawer.

But you don’t want them intermingling and getting all messy, right? That’s where you can use drawer dividers for the bulky stuff. I love these dividers from Amazon:

They are adjustable so you can make them work for however you want to split up your drawers.

Top of the Dresser

Now that you’ve got the dresser drawers organized you can take advantage of the horizontal space on the top of the dresser. You have stuff and stuff needs a place.

A top of the dresser organizer like this one is perfect for your stuff:

I like this one because it has some closed and some open storage. So you can tuck away stuff you don’t want seen and leave other stuff out.

Side of the Dresser

Did you think we were done with organizing the dresser?? We’re not!

We’re going to add some organization to the sides of your dresser, too. You said you had a small bedroom right? So we need to take advantage of that vertical space.

This example from Canadian Living is perfect. They’ve added some hooks to the side of the dresser and it’s instant additional storage.

If you’re concerned about damaging your dresser, you can try some Command Hooks.

Closet Organization

If you have a small bedroom, then I’m guessing that you most likely have a very small closet.

Small closets are not fun. You can purge and you can be ultra organized, but if the closet is small enough, it still might look a little jam packed.

But that’s ok, because that’s what closet doors are for. As long as it’s organized and you can find everything, then don’t worry too much about having a magazine worthy inside of your tiny closet.

There are lots of ways to maximize the space in your small closet. You can go for an expensive closet organizing system and if that’s the case, then you don’t really need me.

But, if you’re looking for something a little more budget friendly, then I have some ideas for you.

The typical small closet looks something like this:

You’ve got hanging space, a shelf at the top and then space at the bottom where this person has built in drawers, which is a great idea if you need more drawer space.

You don’t have to do completely built in drawers like in the image above. You could add something like this to the bottom of your closet:

That little drawer unit from Amazon gives you tons of extra drawer space plus you have another horizontal service to store things on.

If you’re more into getting additional hanging space in the closet, then you can try something like this double rod contraption from Amazon:

Personally I like to keep the closet for hanging storage so I would go with this option, but it’s a personal decision, really. Definitely either the drawers or the double rod though to make sure you’re getting use out of all of that real estate in the closet.

Top Shelf

Next you need to take advantage of that super awkward shelf at the tippity top of the closet.

Number one, get yourself a step stool. I’m short, but even if I were tall, I would need a step stool to get to that shelf.

And don’t go dragging a chair over to stand on, ok? It’s not safe and everytime you use your step stool you’re going to feel like you really have your life together.

You and your step stool. So prepared.

It doesn’t need to be fancy, but it does need to fold, like this one:

Ok, now that you can reach it, what are you putting up there on that shelf?

Out of season stuff and seldom used stuff. Like your fur coat or your sun hat. If you have those things.

Or maybe some handbag storage:

Or the best way to utilize that space on that high shelf, in my opinion, is a great set of boxes like these:

Here’s why I love these boxes so much.

  1. They look great. Nice and neat and tidy.
  2. They have a window. So you know what’s in there! Brilliant.

Ok, so that covers the “inside” of the closet. But, there’s one more place for you to add some storage. If you have closet doors that open out into the room, then you can take advantage of the vertical space on that door with something like this:

It’s easy to forget about the space on the door, but it’s a great place to store all of the little bits and parts that seem to collect in the bedroom.

You could put scarves, socks, leggings, shoes, lotion, umm, whatever else you can think of really! The important thing is that you have more SPACE in your small bedroom than you realize.

Under the Bed Storage

You’ve got a great expanse of horizontal storage space just waiting to be used. It’s under your bed.

If you do under the bed storage poorly though, you will hate using it and probably just forget that anything is under there.

You want something with a cover, not open storage and you want something that you can move around easily.

I like these under bed storage boxes from Amazon:

What I like about these fabric boxes is that they are pretty lightweight, they have a clear top so you can see what is inside, they zipper shut and they have a handle so you can easily pull it out from under the bed.

These boxes are perfect for your extra sheets or blankets or even your out of season clothes.

Dual Purpose Whenever You Can

The key to getting the most organization out of your small bedroom is to find decor items that have dual purposes.

A small end of the bed bench is great for putting your shoes on. You can get one like this that has some additional storage inside:

A great functional piece of decor for your small bedroom is a standing mirror. It doesn’t take up a lot of space and you can get a standing mirror with storage like this one:

That mirror is pretty, it’s a mirror and it holds a TON of your stuff. You can roll up your scarves into a perfect Kondo fold and keep those at the bottom, too.

All of your jewelry can go in there. There’s also perfume and lotions stowed away.

One thing that can really clutter up your bed side table is your phone and it’s charger. You can get a lamp like this that will charge and neatly store your phone

If you don’t have room for a bedside table, you can even get a wall sconce that will charge your phone and even has a little shelf to rest it on.

One of my favorite hidden storage pieces that stays completely hidden away until you need is a bedside organizer that attaches right to bed:

That cute little caddy is one teeny tiny bedside table replacement.

Get Your Small Bedroom Organized

Does your small bedroom suddenly seem like it’s not so small after all? If you can get your small bedroom organized you’re going to feel so much better in that room.

It will be tranquil and cozy just like you wanted.