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Originally published July 24, 2013 at 7:13 PM | Page modified July 24, 2013 at 9:49 PM

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Making the most of a small bedroom

A smaller bedroom will seem especially messy if there’s clutter all over. Here’s how to take care of that.

Scripps Howard News Service

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Did Mom ever tell you to put your things away? Well, there was a reason for that.

Everything should have a place, and everything should be put back in that place. A messy bedroom, no matter what size it is, will look messy, cluttered and small if there are clothes on the floor or magazines thrown everywhere or piles of other things left out.

A smaller bedroom will seem especially messy if there’s clutter all over. Once it’s clean, you’ll be able to see how to best use every inch of it.

Corners shouldn’t be ignored. Find a corner dresser or nightstand that can be used for storage. If you can’t find exactly the right piece, build it. Attach corner shelves to the wall and you’ll have places for books and/or knickknacks.

There is room under the bed for storage. If you get a high frame to lift the bed a few extra inches off the floor, you will have even more storage. To hide what is under the bed, use a dust ruffle. It adds color and décor while serving the purpose of a curtain to hide what is stored.

And what is stored under the bed shouldn’t be just stuff you’ve shoved under there. There are containers that fit nicely under the bed. It is much easier to pull out a container than it is to grab and pull random items out to try to find something.

To open the space in a smaller bedroom, choose light paint colors. Bold or dark colors will make the room feel closed in. You can accent in dark or bold colors, but walls and fabrics should be light. Furniture finishes, too, should be light.

The walls in the room will do well with little decoration. One or two wall hangings should be all you need.

Lighting is important. The more light, the brighter and more open the room will appear. But too many lamps will create clutter, so try for wall sconces and ceiling-mounted or flush lights.

Does the room have a closet? If so, get it organized with a closet system for maximum use of space. A closet expert will be able to tell you what will work best for your particular storage needs.

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