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'First up, organise your wardrobe': The expert guide to creating a relaxed, streamlined bedroom

Here’s how to turn your bedroom into a haven – even if the rest of your house isn’t quite so calm.

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“YOU WANT YOUR bedroom to be somewhere you can relax and recuperate, somewhere you can decompress after a long day.”

Sarah Reynolds is a home organisation expert and the founder of Organised Chaos. She’s seen inside many Irish homes, and knows the areas that can get messy and disorganised fast. At the top of that list? Bedrooms.

It’s unsurprising that bedrooms tend to be neglected when it comes to home organisation. They’re where we start and end our day – and where we sleep – meaning clothes, charging cables, books and other detritus can pile up fast.

As with every room in the house, the key to creating a calm, wind-down friendly bedroom space is to remove the obstacles: reduce clutter as much as you can, and create smart systems that are easy to stick to even when you’re tired or in a rush to get ready. Check out Sarah’s three handiest tips below, and check out the video above for more insights…

1. With furniture, think ‘less is more’: Yes, you’ll need the basics like a bed and a wardrobe, but “don’t overload the room with furniture,” says Sarah. Could a bedside locker be swapped out with a floating shelf, for example? “The shelf will still give you a surface to rest things on but you’ll create floor space underneath.”

2. Streamline your wardrobe: Nothing makes a bedroom feel disorganised like clothes or shoes spilling out of your wardrobe onto the floor. Sarah advocates the use of a “proper system” that is easy to stick to. If you can, swap out mismatched hangers for matching ones that slot together easily, for example. And if you have shelving in your wardrobe, “make sure that you allocate a different category of clothing to each shelf.”

 3. Use calming colours: Your bedroom should be a space where you feel relaxed the moment you walk in, and the colour palette of the room is a big part of that process. Stick to tones that feel “serene” to you, suggests Sarah, be they deep jewel shades or soft neutrals. Keep busy accessories to a minimum – the less clutter, the easier it’ll be to keep your room organised and calm.

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