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Day 15: Master Bedroom
The master bedroom is the most intimate and personal room in your home.
An oasis, a comfort zone, a classic retreat, and sweet dreams are all phrases that describe a master suite.
Does that describe your master suite?
If you’re like me, it depends on the day.
But it should be the goal!
It might be the last room to get organized, the last to be tidied up, the last to get needed attention.
There are so many surfaces in the master bedroom. There’s the bed, of course, and then there is under the bed, the night stands, the bureau, the trinkets, and so on.
And then… there are those pesky uncompleted or half-completed projects — whether that be laundry, a craft project or even work. Perhaps even a stack of books with your name on it. And too often, it can be yet another drop zone.
The last thing you see before closing your eyes on a busy day and the first in a new day… are those projects.
It’s not conducive to tranquility or a great start to a new day.
We all deserve great starts and new days.
Sleep experts say our bedrooms need to be a haven and a sanctuary.
And while we know it’s true, real life can get in the way. Crazy days, demanding schedules, and responsibilities can leave our rooms chaotic. Adding yet another layer of stress.
Let’s get back to sweet dreams and organize our personal space, transforming it into a beautiful sanctuary.
Let’s fill the bedroom with furniture that pleases the eye, linens that invite you to get comfortable and personal treasures that make you smile.
The next three days…
• Day 15: Master Bedroom
• Day 16: Master Closet
• Day 17: Master Bath
Before the clutter elimination begins, take a few minutes and imagine what a master oasis or sanctuary might look like to you. What kinds of things help you relax? Make you smile? Do you read, watch TV… journal?
Get a picture in your mind of what that might look like, and pair back everything in your room that doesn’t contribute to it. (Great ideas at Crate & Barrel). And as always… beautiful inspirations at the foot of this post.
Consider other possible locations for furniture items, even exercise equipment, that clutter your room.
You might want to read: Perfect Sleep Bedtime Rituals
Gather 3 boxes or bins and a couple of garbage bags.
1. Put Away Box – items that belong in other rooms
2. Donation Box – items you don’t need but are in good condition
3. Storage Box – items you want to keep but not in your bedroom
Set a time limit, it seems less overwhelming that way. Say 15 minutes — maybe 20.
Fill the appropriate boxes and garbage bags. Be thorough and be quick. The more quickly you make these decisions, the easier it will be. Begin with easy decisions and graduate to more difficult ones.
Don’t forget out of the way places — like under the bed, the bureau, the night stands — drawers — and any other storage areas you have in your bedroom. Set the boxes aside — even in the hallway.
Group the items you are keeping in the room into piles of like items according to location. All surfaces should be cleared as we’ll be cleaning and vacuuming.
Once you’ve cleared out the room, strip the bedding and either launder it or plan to have it dry cleaned.
If weather permits, open windows and allow the room to air out as you work.
Clean and dust all surfaces and vacuum any upholstery, drapes or blinds.
Determine a weekly schedule that will allow you to keep your room as fresh and clean as it now is!
Organize and Beautify
You have a clean slate. Recall that mind image you created at the beginning of this project? That beautiful, relaxing sanctuary?
It’s time to create it!
For the items returning to your room, find functional yet beautiful storage. Especially for the small items.
Strategically light the areas that need it. If you like to read in bed, be sure to task light that area. If you have a favorite chair you like to sit and knit or read… be sure to light that area as well.
And finally, beautify your room. Add those personal treasures that make you smile at the end of each day and the beginning of the next.
Lastly… put some fresh flowers on your nightstand and or a piece of chocolate on your pillow. Reward yourself for a job well done!
Objective: To create a personal haven in your master bedroom by eliminating everything that deters from it.
• Clear all surfaces of the room, including under furniture, the bed and anything on the floor.
• Sort all items in the room and place in a put-away box, a donation box, a storage box or a garbage bag.
• Pile the things you are keeping in the room in another area and group into like items.
• Strip the bedding and either launder or schedule a dry-cleaning.
• Clean, dust and vacuum all surfaces, including upholstery, blinds, drapery, and furniture.
• Light your room appropriate to determined use.
• Organize items that come back into the room into attractive storage trays, bins, baskets, etc.
• Beautify the room and… indulge with a vase of fresh flowers on your nightstand or a piece of chocolate on your pillow.
• Immediately take care of your boxes.
GET THE BOOK:
Easy Steps to an Organized Life in 31 Days or Less (Amazon.com)
Master Bedroom Inspirations
Neutral Colors Promote Tranquility
Today Twist on Toiles
Styling the Nightstand
Appropriate Task Lighting
Cozy Conversation Nook
A Cozy Chair