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Monday, October 22, 2012

31 Days of Organizing Tips: Day 22 (Master Bedroom)

Welcome to Day Twenty Two of the 31 Days of Organizing Tips series!  I'm so glad you've joined me.  Throughout this series I'll be sharing organizing tips that will help you on your journey from overwhelmed to organized.  I'll include lots of pictures and links for ideas that I've found around the web that relate to the topic each day.  You'll find a complete list of all the posts in the 31 Days of Organizing Tips tab above, or at the end of this post.

Today I'm sharing tips for organizing your master bedroom.  This is a space that often gets overlooked when it comes to organizing, so it can get very overwhelming.  But, I think master bedrooms should be a haven.  A place you love to go to escape the chaos of the rest of the house relax :)

In order to create a peaceful feel, it's important to keep your master bedroom organized.  This helps you get your day off to a great start, saves you time in the morning when you can easily find what you need, and helps you feel calm and contented as you're falling asleep.  It's definitely worth the effort to keep it organized!

Here are a few tips:
  • Don't let your master bedroom become a dumping ground. Be honest... when you're cleaning the house quickly before someone comes over, how many times have you tossed things in your bedroom and closed the door? And then how long did those things stay in your room? :)  I know I've got a bunch of paperwork on my dresser that doesn't belong there!  Just keeping it real...
  • Depending on your space, decide if you want to keep most/all of your clothing in your closet or just your dressy clothes.  Many older homes have small closets so most of your clothing will need to be stored in dressers.  If you have a newer home with a large closet, you may choose to hang more clothes.  {I'll be talking about master closets tomorrow.}
  • Organize your clothing by function/use (short sleeve, long sleeve, sweaters, workout clothes, jeans, etc.).  This makes it easy to see what you have and saves time rummaging through everything to find what you need.
  • If you have large drawers in your dresser, use drawer organizers to keep your clothes separated.
  • Keep your clothes off the floor (or any other visible surface!).  If you prefer to wear some items more than once but don't want to put them back in the dresser or closet once they've been worn, find a way to "hide" them.  You could create a special drawer for these items or a covered basket or inside a storage bench.  

Here are a few more ideas for organizing your bedroom:

1.  For a less cluttered feel in your master bedroom, keep flat surfaces such as night tables and dressers clear.  If you need to keep frequently used items out, use baskets to hide them (and remember to keep like items grouped together).

Source:  http://www.abowlfulloflemons.net/2012/10/home-organization-101-week-6-master.html

2.  Purge! Purge! Purge!  Our own rooms tend to be the place we purge the least.  I heard that we usually only wear about 20% of our clothes, so why are we struggling to fit everything we have into our dresser drawers?  If you haven't worn something in over a year or it doesn't fit comfortably then give it away.  Less is more when it comes to clothing :)


If you need more help purging your clothes, I love these tips from Laura at I'm an Organizing Junkie (click the link below the picture to download this printable).

Source:  http://orgjunkie.com/2012/04/org-junkies-tips-for-parting-with-your-clothes-free-printable.html

3.  Fold clothes in a way that you can put them in drawers or bins vertically.  This saves a lot of space.  It's also easy to see what you have, and your drawers stay neater longer.  I started doing this recently in my son's dresser drawers and it's amazing!  I'm going to start doing it with all our clothes.

Source:  http://www.simpleorganizedliving.com/2012/03/14/t-shirts/

4.  If you use the space under your bed for storage, make sure it is organized (keep like with like, use containers, and create labels).  Note:  if you have a tendency to let that space under your bed get cluttered with things that are never looked at, then either organize it well (and keep it organized) or else keep it empty so there's no chance of it becoming a hiding place for clutter!

Source:  http://www.marthastewart.com/274667/25-bedroom-organizers/@center/276989/organizing#272407
5.  If you have a night table or two, use drawer organizers to keep them organized.  They could become junk drawers otherwise. Not that I have any experience with that :)

Source:  http://www.bringingcraftyback.net/2012/10/09/organize-challenge-week-6-master-bedroom/

6.  Always make your bed.  An unmade bed can feel surprisingly overwhelming as you go throughout your day.  It doesn't take long to make your bed and it will help you feel on top of things all day.  Plus you're less likely to dump a pile of stuff on it when it looks so pretty!  And it's such a nice feeling to climb into a nicely-made bed at night :)

Source:  http://www.bhg.com/blogs/centsational-style/2012/10/17/ways-to-make-a-bed/

Please remember to pin from the original source for all of these lovely pictures!

For Day Twenty Two, purge your master bedroom and work on clearing all surfaces.  Look at your bedroom with fresh eyes and see which of these tips will help create that peaceful feeling you want in your room.  Don't worry about your closet yet.  We'll tackle that tomorrow!

{Note:  If you're getting overwhelmed with all the ideas in this series, please understand that is NOT my intention! :)  This series is designed for me to write every day for a month, not for you to completely organize your house in a month.  That thought overwhelms me!  So, feel free to skim and pin/bookmark these tips now and then come back later when you're ready to tackle a particular organizing project.  I'll add a button or tab to the blog at the end of the series that will make it easy for you to find all the posts.  Hope that take some pressure off!}

Tomorrow we'll look at tips for organizing your master bedroom closet.  I look forward to going through this series with you and hearing your tips too!

How do you organize your master bedroom?  What's the best organizing tip you've implemented?

Have a great day and happy organizing!

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  1. Since we recently upgraded our master bedroom furniture it's important to me to keep it clear and clean and looking nice. So all the money we spent on that furniture isn't covered by clutter. My sock/panty drawer uses a drawer organizer, i put a few pairs of panties into each square and I've lined up all my socks in order and I'm careful to put them back correctly always. The husband is still having trouble with the cramming :) I also used drawer organizers in our new nightstands. It keeps things from rolling around and helps us see how much space we really have in there to put more STUFF...or not. I love it. I also have generic plastic bins under the bed. One is for random things I just can't part with - kid stuffed animals they loved as babies but care nothing for now, another for family photos that I want to have and use later, but don't need to display, another for my oldests schoolwork that I want to showcase at graduation (she's 10) but doesn't fit anywhere else in the house. All of the above keeps the master bedroom space looking nice. Next I think I'd better reorganize the master closet - my close could use a sort/reorg, they aren't in any order at all and I bet that would help when I'm rifling through it looking for something to wear.

    1. Clothes* - "- my CLOTHES could use a sort/reorg" gah.

    2. There's nothing like new furniture to motivate you to keep it organized! And hubbies are hard to train sometimes :) I'll be posting later today on master closets so hopefully the tips will help you with yours. Thanks for your comment Melissa!

  2. Our bedroom is a huge dumping ground. Its a 'temporary staging' area. Yeah right! Its organized in boxes but those boxes need to be sorted/purged. We live in the area of the house where most would use for storage - the basement. This means I really need to go through everything and just purge, purge, purge! *moans*

    1. Our room gets that way too Helen. It's the largest room in our house so any time we're working on a big project in our house, we store stuff in our room that needs to be out of the way. It's a "necessary evil" sometimes when we live in a small townhouse. But, I try to keep my vision for my bedroom in view so I can work towards it as often as possible. So keep your vision in mind while you purge and it will help you keep at it :) Good luck!


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