Do You Have Enough Room to Roam?


Do you have room in your home to live the life you want? Space to cook, play and work can be hard to find these days. In this post I talk about how much space it takes to have a functional bedroom.

In my book Get Organized Today I wrote a chapter about staging your home. It’s not about staging to sell, but staging to live. Look at your surroundings and see how a positive change can affect your life.

Do you have enough space to move around in your bedroom?

The average adult needs 19 inches of room on the side of the bed and 24 inches at the foot of the bed to easily move around without stubbing toes or bruising knees.

You need 30 inches at the front of a dresser to comfortably pull out drawers and access what you have stored.

Did you know that the average adult needs a 42 inch diameter of clear space to get dressed?

Therefore, get out your measuring tape and see if your bedroom can accommodate you.

In addition, you’ll find more information like this about other rooms in your home please read the book.

Get Organized Today

A collaboration of many professionals providing inspiration that affirms the power and importance of getting organized. The book provides practical ideas that you can use immediately to live a better, more effective life.

In conclusion, look for my chapter Staging Your Home – Transforming Your Space to Eliminate Clutter and Fit Your Lifestyle. Purchase the book today, receive it right off the presses and signed by the co-author here.


About Us

Basic Organization is a professional home organizing company based in Centreville, Virginia serving families, busy professionals, seniors and home-based business owners in the Washington DC area. Our passion is helping people achieve peace and simplicity in their lives by organizing homes, routines and lifestyles. Our team of personal organizers will help you regain control of your environment by helping to organize the living and storage areas of your home, including the garage, kitchen, basement, office, bedrooms and closets.

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Janet Schiesl

Janet has been organizing since 2005. She is a Certified Professional Organizer and the owner of Basic Organization. She loves using her background as a space planner to challenge her clients to look at their space differently. She leads the team in large projects and works one-on-one with clients to help the process move quickly and comfortably. Call her crazy, but she loves to work with paper, to purge what is not needed and to create filing systems that work for each individual client. Janet is a Past President of the Washington DC Chapter of the National Association of Productivity and Organizing Professionals (NAPO) and was voted 2016 Organizer of the Year by the Washington DC Chapter of NAPO.


  1. Linda Samuels on July 29, 2019 at 10:56 am

    Wow! I had no idea about the actual dimensions (inches) that we needed to feel comfortable in our bedrooms. For me it’s a more visceral experience, but it sure is helpful to have some facts to back it up. Thank you for the education.

    • Janet Schiesl on July 29, 2019 at 7:34 pm

      Thanks Linda. It’s interesting that people want to create a calm sleeping space, but then clutter it help, which is not calm.

  2. Seana Turner on July 29, 2019 at 8:56 pm

    I love rules of thumb like these! They are so handy when you are laying out a room. I remember decorator Christopher Lowell giving guidelines like these back in the day. It is so important to have “breathing room” in our spaces, especially in the bedroom. What’s worse than getting up at night and ramming your toe into the corner of a dresser? I’m just helping someone now to set up a bedroom so I will pass these suggestions on:)

  3. Janet Schiesl on July 30, 2019 at 7:41 am

    I loved watching Chris Lowell!

  4. Janet Barclay on August 6, 2019 at 12:42 pm

    One of the best things about our apartment is that the master bedroom is huge! Queen size bed with a nightstand on both sides, a dresser, a chest of drawers, a crate large enough for a 60 pound dog, and lots of floor space to boot!

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