by Susan McCarthy
As a young adult living in my oh-so-crowded bedroom in my parents’ oh-so-crowded house, I couldn’t store items beneath my bed because the room was so filled with bulky furniture, I would have never been able to get the items out from under the bed.
(Yes, I could have stored items I wasn’t interested in retrieving, but because I’d convinced myself that I needed everything in the room, not storing items under the bed, in my jam-packed bedroom, somehow made sense.)
Even when I moved and could store items under my bed, I had the habit of not using this space for storage. My cats have always appreciated using the under bed space as their den and so I've spent more time trying to figure out how scrap cat fur off this inaccessible section of rug than anything else.
However, if you have limited space, using the area beneath your bed can be a necessity. However, the risk of forgetting the items there or storing things you don’t need but feel you should hold onto “just in case” can cause stuff to accumulate.
Sorting through “just in case” items is another key to becoming organized because you’re asking yourself to finally decide what to do with an item instead of delaying the decision indefinitely.
How to Declutter the Space Under the Bed
Remember, using a space intentionally is fine. It’s when items get shoved out of the way and end up hidden under the bed that they become clutter. (“Company’s coming, quick, get this stuff out of the way! Shove it under the bed!)
If you use this space to store seasonal items, then use that time as your prompt to examine any other items that have collected under there. This simple system will keep the clutter from collecting and the dust bunnies from breeding.
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