Bedrooms should be havens, a place of rest and escape. Sadly bedrooms, master bedrooms in particular, are often multi-purpose/multi-functional spaces, homes for desks, workout equipment and and other items that we don’t want visible elsewhere in the home. A disorganized and cluttered bedroom can affect moods and disrupt sleep patterns. It can even contribute to depression.
Make 3 sweeps through the room. On the first, pick up trash and discard of it properly (recycle, garbage, etc). On the second sweep gather all things that belong in another room and store them in a box or trash bag outside the room. The last sweep will be to remove all items that contribute to clutter in the room. Generally, anything sitting out could be gathered and placed in a box in the room.
Conquer the closet
Remove all clothing and shoes that have not been worn in 6 months to donate (unless you are pregnant). If anything you find in your closet belongs in your “other room” or “trash” boxes move those items to their respective boxes.
Following the general rules of cleaning, go through and clean your room (dusting, changing linens, vacuuming, etc).
Move back in
Take the items from your clutter box and put those items where they belong. Give everything a home. If you can’t find a home for it then perhaps you don’t really need it. If you are in need of extra storage space invest in some under-the-bed storage systems, or even some plastic bins to store in your closet. These are great items to store season clothing.
If you read or do small projects in bed before turning in for the night, make sure you put those items in the drawer of your nightstand or in a small bin that can be slid under the bed.
For master bedrooms make it a house rule that no toys are allowed in the master bedroom – ever.
For children’s rooms make use of baskets and bookshelves for storage. Invest in a closet organizer to keep clothes (seasonal or everyday), shoes, and other accessories in one place. If your child has a stuffed animal collection, store the fuzzy friends in a hammock that can be fastened to the corner of the room.