This week is all about YOU! Your master bedroom should be a place where you can relax, rest, and rejuvenate. This week we are going to take the time to make it that way by clearing out the clutter and getting organized. Follow these steps to successfully create a lovely master bedroom retreat.
Take a picture of your space before you start (and when you finish!). Viewing the fruits of your labor is so encouraging, and will serve as a reminder in the future when it is tempting to let your space get messy again!
- Gather 5 large bins or boxes to designate 5 areas, one for each of the following…
- GIVE/DONATE: items that you no longer need but are nice enough for others to use
- CLOTHES: all clothes that belong in the room but outside of the closet such as dresser drawers, under the bed, etc.
- KEEP: items that belong in other rooms of your home
- KEEP: items that need to stay in the bedroom
- TRASH (use a trash bag or LARGE trash can!)
2. Change your sheets and Make your bed!
3. Your bed will become your SORTING STATION. Gather every last item from around the room (empty all cabinets, baskets, shelves, drawers, under the bed, etc) and SORT all items into the categories listed in step 2. EVERYTHING should be in a pile at the end of your sorting.
When going through CLOTHING ask yourself…
Does it fit? Not WILL it fit but does it fit TODAY?
Have I worn it in the last year?
Is it still in style?
Is it free from any rips stains or holes?
If you answered NO, then out it goes! Place in the DONATE or TRASH pile.
On multiple items: There are only a few things that we should have multiples of: white shirts, black shirts and jeans to name a few. (and by multiple I don’t mean 10! Less than 3 is good rule of thumb)
4. CLEAN. Vacuum under the bed. Dust windows, drapes, and table tops.
- Now you can organize your room by grouping like items – all t-shirts in one drawer, underwear in another, all books in one basket.
- Keep horizontal spaces like your bedside table clutter free by designating a small dish for jewelry, books you are currently reading, and a lamp.
- Create a place for everything. Use caution when using your under the bed space for storage. If you can’t see it, you won’t use it. Ideally, the space under your bed would remain EMPTY.
- Use the get one, give one rule. If you get a new shirt, pair of jeans, or sweater, pick one to give away. Don’t let them pile up!
- Keep small a basket/bag in the house for donation clothes. When it is full, take it to your local donation center and write it off as tax deduction.
How does it feel to have a relaxing (& organized!) retreat all to yourself? This room belongs to you, so guard it as such and keep clutter that does not belong there out. We all need a place that is ours to recuperate and this is your spot! Enjoy it and make it yours. I am looking forward to helping your organize the living room next week. xx, Caroline