The Master Bedroom
This week on the home organization series we are purging and organizing the master bedroom. This is a great place to start in a home because it will give you an oasis to return to at the end of the day. Did you know studies have shown people with clean rooms sleep better, are more prone to exercise, and have an overall happier outlook on life? What more of a reason could you want for having a clean and organized room to rest and relax in?
You need a plan of attack before tackling this room. The majority of what you'll be going through will be clothes, followed by accessories and sentimental items. So here are three questions to think about as you begin the purging process.
Also, don't forget your six boxes (Sell, Thrift, Trash, Recycle, Keep, and Storage) to make the purging easier!
Now we're going to do this bedroom over the span of three days.
Day One: Purging Your Wardrobe
We're going to start with the clothes. So take all of your clothes - Every. Single. Item. - and pile them on the bed. Then go through each piece and ask the above questions. Don't spend more than a few seconds on each one. Listen to your gut feelings. If you spend too much time deciding, you'll only come up with excuses why you still want it, instead of truly knowing whether or not you need it.
Once you've gone through all the items, go through your Keep and Storage boxes a second time. Ask the same questions and make sure you still need these items. In the first round I cut my wardrobe in half. When I did this second round, I cut my keep pile by an additional third! It felt so freeing!
Day Two: Organizing Your Clothes
For me, going through mine and my husband's wardrobes was enough for one day. I accepted the chaos of the clothes we were keeping strewn about the room for one night. With the baby and other chores that needed to get done, it wasn't worth the stress of putting them away the same day.
During day two the object is to put the clothes away in an organized and manageable manner. Clothes that don't fold well should be hung in the closet. All other clothes should be folded in a dresser or cabinet. (Keep an eye out for a post coming soon that's all about folding clothes!) When putting them away group like clothes together. The tee shirts in one section, tank tops in another, and so on. Don't fill the drawers to max capacity so that it is easy to find what you are looking for and you don't end up pulling out the entire drawer when you were simply looking for your favorite tank top.
Day Three: Purging and Organizing Your Shoes and Accessories
Now that the clothes are put away, it's time to power through shoes and accessories. The same questions apply. I didn't downsize much in the shoe department, but I did get rid of quite a bit of jewelry and purses. I kept a few staple pieces of jewelry that go with just about anything. And then a few special occasion pieces and, of course, a few sentimental pieces. Otherwise, the rest went in the trash or to thrift. With the shoes, I parted with a few pairs and then just put effort into organizing them better in my closet. Sometimes, organizing doesn't mean getting rid of things. It just is renovating the methods you use to organize.
When organizing the accessories, I stored bracelets in one small compartment jewelry box, rings and earrings in another, and then all my necklaces are hung on a peg board on my wall. This way, they don't tangle and are on display in a decorative manner. For the purses, I them empty except for one empty wallet in each and store them with the straps tucked in and all the zippers zipped on a shelf in my closet. When I reach for a new purse, I already know it's not full of random odds and ends and there's a matching wallet ready to go.
Day Four: Miscellaneous
Our last day of the master bedroom is all about the miscellaneous clutter. I'm talking about the overflowing nightstand drawers, the one million pillows on the bed, and the random stuff we all like to push under the bed so it's out of sight out of mind.
Keep these types of things down to a minimum. The nightstand drawers shouldn't be full. Only keep essentials such as the book you read before you turn out the light, a bowl for loose change in your pockets, a brush, maybe some lotion or chapstick. You get the point. You don't need your nightstand to turn into the household junk drawer. As for under the bed, well, it really shouldn't be used for storage but if you must, use flat plastic tubs to store the items so they're not rolling around loose and free and are easily accessible. Items that can be okay to store under the bed would be extra bedding and blankets if you don't have a good closet space to store them.
Maintaining the Organization
Now that the space is organized we want to maintain it. Here are my top three tips for maintaining your newly organized master bedroom:
What are some hacks you have for keeping your bedroom neat and organized?
This is like the coffee talk corner. Sometimes I give organization tips or relationship advice, but a lot of times I'm just sharing about the everyday moments that make up my life.