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 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.)
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.
Declutter 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!)
What was the oddest thing you found under your bed? Please share in the comments below. (I should have taken a picture of the mound of fur I scraped off the rug, left behind by my long-haired cat who occasionally sleeps beneath the bed.)
Susan Caplan McCarthy
I'm a professional organizer-coach with 26 years' experience as a teacher. I believe that an organized home isn't your destination but a step on the path toward the life you want to create. I teach decluttering and organizing skills through articles; books; and speaking engagements; as well as virtual coaching sessions.