The room that is supposed to be the quiet retreat where you seek solace from a hectic day at the office or with the kids often turns into the family dumping ground. Leftover laundry to be folded, not-quite-done scraping projects and any other clutter that needs a quick hiding place seems to end up in the master bedroom.
An organized master bedroom not only gives you a personal retreat within your home, it helps you sleep better and can improve your va-voom (wink, wink…if you know what I mean). If that isn’t reason enough to get in gear and get it organized, organizing and decluttering any space in your home reduces stress caused by constantly looking a mess.
How to Start Organizing Your Master Bedroom
#1: Sort – Figure out exactly what is in the master bedroom. A quick way to do this is to get bins and label them: to stay in bedroom, to go elsewhere, to donate, to trash, and start sorting!
#2: Gather – Find like items and put them in a pile on the bed or floor. The reason is that people often don’t realize what they have until they see it. Once you have gathered all your handbags, for example, look for duplicates that you can purge.
#3: S-P-A-C-E – Remember to Sort, Purge, Assign a home, Containerize and Evaluate. Purging important for clothing as an overfull closet will seep out onto the floor, dresser, and bed.
#4: Rationalize – Review your collections from the gathering stage and decide what you want to keep and what you need to let go. A good rule of thumb is if it’s not in top form, if you haven’t worn it in a year or if you have multiple multiples.
#5: Create Storage – Design your storage spaces within your master bedroom so that everything has a home. This includes your drawers where you will want to add drawer organizers.
#6: Limit – Create a space for visitors to the master bedroom, like books or pet projects. Once that space is full, no more visitors are allowed to enter until something leaves. By limiting the space allocated to things that aren’t stored in the bedroom, you stop it from becoming a dumping ground.
#7: Go Vertical – Take advantage of your vertical storage in the closet. Add bins, build extra tall shelving or add hooks to maximize the available storage.
#8: Start a Routine – Make sure you clear off the horizontal surfaces on a weekly basis to avoid them becoming clutter magnets. The same goes for your other hot spots, like closet floors or corners.
If your master bedroom project seems overwhelming, set an organized-by goal and schedule regular time in your calendar to tackle one area at a time. The key is continuing to maintain that area so you are able to move to the next project when that one is complete.