Bedside clutter is one of my worst organizational challenges this spring cleaning season.

At the end of a long work day, I toss clothes, shoes and tote bags anywhere they might land on my side of the room, bed or on the adjacent wingback chair.

“What’s happening over there?” my husband will occasionally ask me once the chaos turns into a mountain.

It’s obvious to me what has happened. It’s called life.

From tidying up the house everyday, cooking dinner, driving children to and from track practices and helping with homework — my side of the room and my closet can easily become the most neglected part of the house.

As the old saying goes, misery loves company and I am in good company. After asking my sister-in laws, coworkers and girlfriends to describe their bedside organizational habits, I no longer felt alone.

When a coworker showed me a before and after snapshot of her bedside before she cleared out papers and shoes, clothes, boxes and clutter, I knew then that this is more common than not.

A sister-in-law, who keeps a meticulous kitchen, dining and living room area, admitted that she can’t always keep her bedside corner from falling into disarray while she’s tending to a plethora of other duties in her busy household.

After interviewing local certified professional organizer Alyssa Trosclair, of Centsibly Organized, recently, I learned some things that I can start practicing this month to get better at keeping my side of the room neater.

“Clearing out clutter can be extremely overwhelming. This can be due simply to the amount of time it takes to sort through and organize the clutter,” Trosclair said. “However, in most projects that I deal with, there are more deep-rooted issues causing the person to feel helpless.”

“Many of my clients are also perfectionists. They are so afraid to organize the wrong way that they become paralyzed and do nothing to address the disorganization,” Trosclair said.

I shudder to think that my bedside and my closet are a reflection of something going on in my head. But I think my problem is simple: I don’t put things back in their appropriate spots.

Fortunately, there is hope.

“In a nutshell, a person must control the amount of items that enter their home. Less clutter means that you have more room for the things for which you truly need access,” said Trosclair.

Maintenance is key as well. “If you don’t invest the time to create a realistic system to help maintain the space, it will quickly return to its original state. Organization is a continuous process.”

To get started, I’m planning to attend a three-part seminar on home organization led by professional organizer Teresa Taylor, 10 a.m. to 11 a.m., April 18 at the Jones Creek Regional Branch Library, 6222 Jones Creek Road, Baton Rouge.

Chante Dionne Warren is a freelance writer. She can be reached at chantewriter