8 Easy Steps to a Minimalist Bedroom

8 Easy Steps to a Minimalist Bedroom

Converting your room into a minimalist bedroom doesn’t mean sleeping in a sleeping bag on the floor. It means you reduce distractions so you can optimize rest and calm.
For extra help decluttering, check out my app Clutterfree at https://clutterfree.com/

Recent videos:

Stop Chasing Success. Seek Significance

Spring Decluttering is Better Than Spring Cleaning

Most popular videos:

7 Daily Habits for a Clutter-Free Home: Declutter for Good

Top 10 Things to Declutter Right Now

You can read more tips in my book, The Minimalist Home.

Read hundreds of articles on decluttering and owning less on the Becoming Minimalist blog.


0:00 – What Rooms Tell Us

0:52 – 1. Clarify the Room’s Purpose
1:37 – 2. Relocate Things That Don’t Belong
2:24 – 3. Clear the Floor
2:48 – 4. Clear Surfaces
3:15 – 5. Assign Items to Drawers and Shelves
4:03 – 6. Pare Down Decor
4:55 – 7. Pare Down Furniture
6:15 – 8. Consider What’s Under the Bed
6:51 – Additional Tools


  1. Steve Thea on June 10, 2023 at 11:08 am

    wheres pieces ?

  2. Trudy’s fur babies 🐱🐶 on June 10, 2023 at 11:09 am

    I think he just listed everything that was in my bedroom lol I keep decluttering but I swear it multiplies. I’m getting there though.

  3. Paul Nicholas on June 10, 2023 at 11:09 am

    I totally agree Joshua you know your doing something right when it makes you feel better very helpful advice also a very Pleasant video thanks god bless 🙏

  4. Megan Molesworth on June 10, 2023 at 11:12 am

    I love this😍 My bedroom has become a dumping ground and its an eyesore. Ill try these steps today!

  5. Bloofan06 on June 10, 2023 at 11:13 am

    I love this! In 2008 my husband and I each got new dressers. I tended to have a lot more clothes so I got a huge 9 drawer dresser and he got a three drawer that was about half the size. In all fairness we had a huge walk-in closet that had shelves for his other clothes which is why he opted for the smaller dresser. When he passed away I moved into a condo and I both dressers in my bedroom. The big one is MASSIVE and takes up an entire wall, so about a month ago I decided to get rid of it. When it’s gone I know I’m going to have a ton of space. I’ve already envisioned what it’s going to look like but I love these tips as well. Thanks Joshua!

  6. Trudy’s fur babies 🐱🐶 on June 10, 2023 at 11:13 am

    She is up to me I’d have bear walls with maybe one or two things on them that were a great importance. I know I have a husband that has antiques hanging around lol Merry just give-and-take I guess that’s the worst he does lol

  7. Byte Size Thoughts on June 10, 2023 at 11:14 am

    Cool video. I’ve started decluttering by going through the kitchen and removed half of our crockery, a set of cutlery and over half our Tupperware. Feels so much better, next step to clear out the bedroom though I will have a challenge to rehome some sentimental items 😀

  8. Mark Ellinghaus on June 10, 2023 at 11:16 am

    I’ve never liked our bedroom because it has a king-size bed, night tables, tall boy dresser (me), dresser with mirror (her) and it’s really not big enough for all that. It’s always felt cramped. After watching this I realized I can thin out my clothes, get a hanging shelf closet organizer and get rid of my dresser making the room feel much less cramped. This move never even occurred to me until I watched this video. Thanks!

  9. Steve G on June 10, 2023 at 11:16 am


  10. Lisa Medeiros on June 10, 2023 at 11:16 am

    Thank you, just what i needed

  11. Anamarie D on June 10, 2023 at 11:16 am

    Concise & straight to the point..Some very helpful tips to help me get started..I downsized a couple of years ago & thought that I had got rid of a lot of stuff, but, it still seemed more cluttered than I would like..

  12. laura chamberlain on June 10, 2023 at 11:16 am

    When I first moved to my place I am at now, the cable company hung up my tv across from my bed but needed to put the wifi and all the wires under my bed. Every thing controlling my computers, tv was all under me while I slept. When I took a look at all those wise I had them moved to the living room and wow, I slept better, I felt better. It is good to clear wifi out of your bedroom too if you can.

  13. Artist Sandy Marie on June 10, 2023 at 11:20 am

    A note from an old Lady (me, I’m 65). Our Grandparents (or Great Grandparents) either lived through the Great Depression, or were at the tail end of it. That was a time where EVERYTHING was saved and reused (some how). That mind set was taught to our Parents just by being in the family (and companies capitalized on it – a great marketing ploy). That next generation was taught to save everything, the generation also had the ability to buy new. When my Mother was alive our Family had a running joke about her utility room. She still saved everything, even broken things, and we’d tease her that the broken things weren’t going to fix themselves. After she passed my Brothers and I did throw away the broken things she saved and laughed one last time. We did however have a hard time getting rid of mementos (and a lot of that was saved). That was emotional saving. Now I look at my Children (and Grandchildren) and realize I’ve taught them to emotionally save things – like my ski boots because of the fun memories. They don’t fit me, and (at 65) I’m probably not going to go skiing. Today those dusty old things went in the trash. If I ever get a wild hair to go skiing again, I’ll buy new ski boots!

  14. kira mango on June 10, 2023 at 11:20 am

    I really like your approach to decluttering and minimizing. For me the bedroom is the number one place to start with this process. And, removing ALL electronic media from this area. Thank you for your videos.

  15. maison ftm on June 10, 2023 at 11:23 am

    Hello from France, thank you for this wonderful video, my husband and my kid have just go out, i’ll declutter immediately before they come back cause they love to stock things 😅, wish everyone has a pleasant day 👍

  16. T on June 10, 2023 at 11:25 am

    Layers of window treatments and their care is another thing to consider too. Anything that needs dusting or regular cleaning really. That stuff adds up.

  17. Joshua Becker on June 10, 2023 at 11:25 am

    Hey guys! Just wanted to let you know that my new book, Things That Matter, is finally here. I put my heart into it, and I can’t wait to share it with you. You can pick up a copy at https://www.penguinrandomhouse.com/books/676394/things-that-matter-by-joshua-becker/

  18. Jane Smith on June 10, 2023 at 11:26 am

    What if I don’t have a study and I have my desk in my bedroom?

  19. Lilly White on June 10, 2023 at 11:26 am

    Mr Joshua, I would like your app, but it says in Google Play the app was made for an older version of phone, so it isn’t compatible with mine, any remedy? Thank you.

  20. connie GERARDI on June 10, 2023 at 11:26 am

    I love your advice & been watching you for a couple of days. I have a couple of bags of clothes for donation. Would you believe in your wildest dreams I am already thinking of what to buy next? I must be a shopaholic! i always loved clothes but now its just getting to be to overwhelming re space. I like the idea you suggested of sticking to sort of uniform as wearing the same things T shirts & jeans etc. However sometimes i just want to wear something different to boost my mood. Something pretty. Also where do i go? (especially with covid running rapid I try to stay away from crowds, well, for now) Thus giving me more time to stick to the progam LOL. Mostly walking my dog & doing laundry, food shopping, etc. like the rest of us. LOL that said I am still on a mission to declutter and it sure is a journey. I appreciate your thoughts & continue to watch you, so thanks a bunch! You are an inspiration!

  21. Jose Colon on June 10, 2023 at 11:27 am

    Instinctively i did most of these, but is nice to get reassurance. Nice video!

  22. Anamarie D on June 10, 2023 at 11:28 am

    Concise & straight to the point..Some very helpful tips to help me get started..I downsized a couple of years ago & thought that I had got rid of a lot of stuff, but, it still seemed more cluttered than I would like..

  23. Butterfly S on June 10, 2023 at 11:29 am

    Getting rid of my Television nine years ago was the best decision I made as an adult. Watching television is a waste of life, reading is more beneficial.

  24. ardenevox on June 10, 2023 at 11:29 am

    Hey JB, Denise Linn, an Indigenous healer and space clearing says really bad idea to have anything stored under the bed. It weighs you down and maybe having the stuff under there that your wife and you keep under your bed is ok for you but she says it’s best to have that space clear.

  25. Super W McBootz on June 10, 2023 at 11:30 am

    The Japanese have small spaces, often putting away futons (their beds) and using thier bedrooms and other rooms for more than just sleeping. I want to convert my bedroom to store bedding, and have the ability to transform the space during the day. This is because we’re thinking about having a family soon, and not really looking to move to a home just to gain 1 extra room. The reality is, my wife and I can only occupy 2 rooms at a given time throughout our house, and we want to optimize the use of our house.

    Any tips for this?

  26. BB_ LZ on June 10, 2023 at 11:30 am

    I hate having a TV in our bedroom. Sure, I’ve watched it from time to time, but it’s on my side of the bed, mounted on the wall. My wife will turn it on in the morning to watch the news…I feel assaulted by the light, noise, and even just the sensation of it being on.

    We also have a swivel rocker that I wish we could get rid of. It made sense 30 years ago when my wife was nursing our infant children. I don’t use the chair because it’s too low, my wife still likes it though, so it stays…

  27. Rhonda Adams on June 10, 2023 at 11:31 am

    I love your perspective on items in a room needing to contribute to the purpose of the room. THAT made a lot of sense! I needed to hear that. For example, if you go to a car lot, you find things that pertain to the purpose of a car lot–cars! Not crafts, woodworking tools, etc. Your way of explaining this has certainly spoken to my heart. Thank you for the inspiration.

  28. Kimberly Reeb on June 10, 2023 at 11:33 am

    This video is so awesome, I will be getting that app today…Can hardly wait to start this journey..Thanks a million!!!!

  29. Bonga Nkosi on June 10, 2023 at 11:36 am

    This video has been so helpful. Thank you so much.

  30. Nancy Rutman on June 10, 2023 at 11:37 am

    Having less furniture is especially important in small rooms. It makes them so much easier to clean!

  31. Chanda Harkins on June 10, 2023 at 11:37 am

    I hate having things under the bed, but after some time, things have crept back under there. ☹️ Minimizing never ends.

  32. CVNKJ on June 10, 2023 at 11:38 am

    I’ve got bad anxiety an my open storage clothing racks is driving me crazy. Also i painted my hard word floor white an I’ve regretted doing that because it has gotten scoffed over time scratched up an it’s also casing me to feel anxious looking at it. I live in nyc apt an the landlord didn’t want to refinish the floors which had years of vanish layed on them so i painted year b4 last an im. Very unhappy idk what to do. Now.

  33. Elizete S on June 10, 2023 at 11:39 am

    My room is for Lots of everything but not intimacy lol 😂

  34. Gathoss on June 10, 2023 at 11:41 am

    😳 BIG HAIR 🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣

  35. T T on June 10, 2023 at 11:42 am

    Thanks you

  36. Elsa Loebell on June 10, 2023 at 11:45 am

    In my bedroom, I got 2 hurricane lamps on top of my chest of drawers that need repair. They’ve been there for years- – can’t find anyone to repair them 😳. Also, in my wardrobe, clothes that don’t fit anymore, storage plastic bags under the bed, etc. . .

    I find that the older I get, especially as a single person, the harder it is to get things done, to get organized, to stop procrastinating, etc. it’s like a mental block. You know things have to get done but it’s easier to just look away and do something relaxing to help you forget. I turned 70 years old the other day and sometimes I think that if I was 30 years younger, would I be better at decluttering my home? IDK 🤷‍♀️ but I’m trying. I don’t want to leave my loved ones the burden of sorting out the clutter when I pass away.

  37. Joshuarcade on June 10, 2023 at 11:45 am

    This is me as well but my options are windowless room or uncomfy leather couch in the spider filled living room 😂😂😂

  38. philip Alan on June 10, 2023 at 11:47 am

    Get rid of the pesky bed frame and much of pillows

  39. Elizete S on June 10, 2023 at 11:47 am

    Nice hair

  40. DCsegaDH on June 10, 2023 at 11:50 am

    When I redo my bedroom I’m not going to be using a nightstand. A big thing that I started to do is charging my phone in the bathroom. No TV or phone when I try to sleep helps a lot.

  41. Teresa Portugal on June 10, 2023 at 11:50 am

    Ouvindo seus conselhos e transformando neste momento o meu quarto num espaço de paz! Obrigada!

  42. Dawn Hughes on June 10, 2023 at 11:50 am

    Google play would not accept my password for your app purchase. What should I do?

  43. Viki Eierdam on June 10, 2023 at 11:51 am

    Yes, we have no armoire, t.v., dresser, chair, etc in our bedroom. Years ago, my husband built 6 drawers and 2 shelves in the center of our wall closet. I would like to declutter my nightstand but I do like a flat surface for lighting, water and a book. Just a few months ago, I removed our outdoor gravity chairs from under our bed and put them under the spare room bed. Love your content and inspiration.

  44. Didier Walks on June 10, 2023 at 11:51 am

    The way you communicate decluttered my mind, a great video, it was soothing and motivational.

  45. Maura Ronda on June 10, 2023 at 11:59 am

    Ha the shelves! Yes get rid of them. Lol

  46. BriannaB on June 10, 2023 at 12:00 pm

    If i owned my own house maybe all this would make sense .. however i live in a small apt with a relative soooo my bedroom is basically my living room, my daily sanctuary and if that means wall to wall furniture and some degree of clutter then so be it.

  47. Anjana Rao on June 10, 2023 at 12:00 pm

    Yes, very much helpful 💚

  48. Viki Eierdam on June 10, 2023 at 12:01 pm

    Furniture in the bedroom – yes, we decluttered the armoire in our bedroom, as well. We each have a nightstand and there’s the bed. That’s it. My husband built drawers in the center of our closet where our undergarments, t-shirts, shirts and workout gear is stored. Room to hang clothes on either side in the closet. So much more peaceful than bulky furniture taking up floor and visual space.

  49. Dana Taylor on June 10, 2023 at 12:03 pm

    this is freaky…are you looking into my bedroom right now???

  50. Annabelle Cork on June 10, 2023 at 12:07 pm

    Your videos are so helpful thank you so.much

Leave a Comment