Making Your Bedroom a Place to Relax
It’s week 3 of the 52 week declutter and organize your life challenge. This is our last week decluttering and organizing the master bedroom, closet, and bathroom.
You may have noticed I changed the name of this series to Organize Your Life. I decided to rename it because we are doing more than just decluttering. We are also organizing. Organize Your Life better describes the goal of this series. Let’s get started with this week’s challenge – decluttering and organizing the master bedroom.
I don’t know about you, but when I go into my bedroom and see tons of clutter everywhere, I don’t relax. I feel stressed and confined. I feel the I need to clean out all the clutter and organize. I want my master bedroom to be a place I can rest and relax. Let’s get started decluttering and organizing the master bedroom.
3 Simple Declutter Rules
- Accept you cannot keep everything and you have to let things that are not used or that are no longer useful to you go.
- If you don’t use it, get rid of it (i.e. you have not used in 6 months or 12 months), it’s time for it to leave your house. (I do make an exception with clothes for myself as weight/sizes can vary).
- When possible use baskets, tubs, cases, you already have in your house to organize. Sometimes this repurposing will take some creative thinking (and/or moving furniture), but most of the time you don’t need to purchase more “storage” products, you just need to repurpose the storage items you have.
Decide What You Do Not Need
As you look around your master bedroom, do you see things out of place or that you do not use and that could be moved to a better place, thrown out or given away. Here are some ideas to consider:
- Do you have a pile of books on your nightstand that you intend to read, but never have time to read?
- Is your jewelry disorganized? Do you have older pieces that need to be thrown out or given away?
- Do you have too many framed pictures everywhere?
- Do you have bookshelves, dressers, tables and nightstands that just have out of place “stuff” piled on them?
Once you start looking around, you will probably see many things you can start throwing out or moving to the right place.
Clean Out Dressers, Armoires, Nightstands, Bookcases and more
After you have cleared all the table top areas (top of the dresser, top of the nightstand, etc…), now you need to start going through the drawers, shelves and storage areas you have. Remember, if you don’t use it’s probably time to get rid of it (donate it or trash it).
If you find clothes you do not wear, donate them. If you have older sheets for your bed you don’t use, throw them out. We are looking to minimize as much as possible. If you don’t need it, don’t keep it.
Remove Dust and Dirt from Furniture
Now it’s time to do a little cleaning. You have moved and sorted many items in your room. You have probably also noticed some areas that are dirty and dusty (yes, I dust every week myself, but there are always some corners and places I miss).
Clean and polish all your furniture. Part of decluttering is cleaning and getting out the dirt and dust.
Organize What You Are Keeping
Let’s look at what you are keeping and start organizing. Maybe you could group items in your armoire better to keep them more organized and easier to find when you want to wear them. Just having fewer items (only the items you use will make it easier to find many things).
Remember, use storage and baskets you already have as you organize. We don’t want to purchase new items unless it’s absolutely necessary or you start redecorating too.
For things that you use every day (or nearly every day), keep them in a place that’s convenient and easy to reach. You don’t want to waste time looking for your cell phone or your watch in the morning.
Look around and see if you need to move anything else make any other changes to make your bedroom perfect.
Congratulate yourself on your hard work. You decluttered your master bedroom, you removed things you did not need or use, you put things away that were out of place and you probably have another large bag for donations.
Now, sit down and relax in your organized room.
What did you find when you started decluttering your master bedroom (maybe something you thought was lost)? How did you feel once you completed the process and your bedroom was decluttered and organized?