Our master bedroom should be an oasis of tranquility, right? But is that the case? Is your bedroom the equivalent to neatness? Right now, can you take a picture of your bedroom for the famous home magazines? Be honest! No? Well, neither can I ;) But really, who can?
I indulge myself looking at the perfect bedrooms in those magazines or on Pinterest for that matter. But if you knock on any random door and could take a peek in the master, there is no magazine-bedroom waiting there, don’t you think? And does it have to be all perfect? The important thing is that a bedroom is one you can unwind and recharge. It should be relaxing you and giving you energy instead of bringing you down because of all the clutter. Being neat and tidy helps. Let’s see how we can accomplish that. Let’s organize the master bedroom
When my husband and I were building our new bedroom, I wanted fitted wardrobes. We sleep under a sloping ceiling, so a traditional wardrobe would actually be a big challenge. My hubby has built 2 custom wardrobes, one for him and one for her. This way we used our space really good. So take a good look at your bedroom’s layout and use the space to the fullest.
You can invest in a good layout for the wardrobe you already have and spend some money on a good closet organization system with shelves, baskets and (different levels of) bars to hang the clothes you don’t want to fold, like those easy-to-wrinkle blouses and dresses you have.
But before you do all that, take everything out and lay in on your bed. With each piece of clothing ask yourself if you want to keep it. Maybe it is ripped, out of fashion or it doesn’t fit you anymore. I know, I know, you could hold on to it in case you lose the weight. But be honest with yourself, are you really going to wear it again? Maybe you want to celebrate your weight loss with a few new pieces of clothing, right? So be strong and toss out what you don't wear any longer. Of course, you don’t have to throw it away. Instead, donate it to charity.
Once you’ve reduced your clothing you can determine what you need regarding the setup of your wardrobe. If you have space you can organize it in a way that the clothes for the season we’re in, are hanging towards the front of your closet and the clothes for another season are more in the back.
Of course, you have to use those beautiful wardrobes. Put your clean clothes away right after you did your folding and ironing. Please don’t leave them lying around your bedroom. Your clothes stay clean, your undies are with your undies and your tops are with your tops. It’s so much easier to pick out your outfit for the next day!
And then there are those pieces you’ve only wore once. They don’t need to be washed just yet, but you don’t want to hang it right back with your fresh smelling clothes in your wardrobe, right? You know what I tend to do? I hang them outside for a while. The wind gives it a fresh breeze and it smells good enough. Sometimes I can even put it back in my closet. But if for some reason you can’t do that, there are a few different options:
1. Hang a kind of divider in your closet. You can use a suit bag for example and have your worn-once-clothes on one side of the suit bag and your fresh washed clothes on the other side. That way you don’t need more space or dedicate another space in your closet for those pieces.
2. You can hang the clothes on an over-the-door hook or rack. There are plenty of beautiful ones to choose from these days.
3. If you have some space in your bedroom a clothes valet is a great option for clothes that don’t need to be washed right away.
4. Or what about simply a coat rack? Choose one that fits your space and the decor of your master bedroom.
And if you don’t feel comfortable having your worn-once-clothes back in your closet or hanging in your bedroom, just throw them in the laundry basket, right?
Books and magazines
We have a lot of them. Books that is. Our main bookcases are downstairs, but we have a small collection of books in the bedroom. At first, there were books everywhere. On the floor, in the windowsill, and under the pillows. Why not hang a bookshelf near your bed? When you are comfy and want to read a little before you kill the lights, all you need to do is reach out for your book.
I read once that having to many small items on/in a small space, it makes that space even feel smaller. Makes sense, right? Usually, your nightstand is not a big piece of furniture. So don’t clutter it up with all kinds of nick-nacks. Ask yourself, what do you need when lying in bed? For example, an alarm clock, a glass of water, a light. And leave space for the book you’re reading, your glasses and maybe some jewelry you take off during the night. Your hand creme, a box of tissues, and a flashlight for emergencies can always go into the drawer of your nightstand, right?
Use that space!
Does your bed have legs? I bet it does. Most beds have legs, right? Have you ever considered the space under your bed? There is plenty of it! Use it and invest in storage. You can custom built your own, but simple roll containers will do just as easy.
You can also rebuild an old bookcase or a new one for that matter (I saw that once on Pinterest, but can't seem to find it anymore) and turn it into a giant roll container. Give it a nice color, attach the appropriate wheels underneath and voilá, a lot of useful space for bed linens and maybe your clothes for that other season. Keep it dust free by screwing one big lid or 2 or 3 smaller ones to it with a piano hinge.
Want a few different drawers under your bed? Make it so and use the same techniques as the big bookcase container. And you know what? There is always the possibility to build your platform bed ánd useful space underneath by using 3 of the same bookshelves as a frame. Clever right?
One last tip before I go. Do not keep too much (small) stuff, like boxes, baskets, and your guitar on your floor. It doesn’t get easier to vacuum and you’re losing space. Hang your guitar on the wall, put your dirty clothes in the laundry basket and use a nightstand for your alarm clock.
These are just a few pointers in the right direction. On Pinterest, I have a board full of organizing tips and tricks. Don’t want to miss out on any new pins I discover? Just follow me and you’re good to go. In the CC Letter that goes out every other Wednesday, I give you 3 selected "Pins for your Pocket", always in sync with the latest blog post. You can sign up here.
Now I have a worksheet for you. Yes, you're going to get busy and transform that master bedroom into the perfect place to retreat.
Have a great time organizing your master bedroom and let me know how it goes, ok? You can comment here or send me a message.
P.S. This is a post in a series for 2017 to help you get more organized. So every month I will give you tips and tricks to organize your home, life, money or bag. Let me know if you are looking for some tricks to organize something in specific, OK?