I have mentioned before that the home should be a place that you feel safe, loved and that the home should feel like a hug. Needless to say, sometimes things get crazy and it feels less like a hug and more like a kick in the gut!
Well, even when other rooms may be out of hand because life happens, the master bedroom should still feel like an embrace. My boys know that they can come into our bedroom whenever they want, they can get in our bed, but there are limits – no food, no toys in mommy and daddy’s room.
Of course when they were babies our room was taken over by small cribs, bibs and diapers but that was just for a season, an awesome season. Now that they are older and they each have their own rooms, there is no reason to have toys everywhere. If my little one walks in with a little car in his hand, I don’t respond like mommy dearest (although I hate wire hangers) and I let him play, but if he wants to come in riding a truck and leave it there, I do tell him “not in mommy and daddy’s room”. It is important for you (and your spouse) to have a space that is calming and that you can really enjoy when the day comes to an end.
Sometimes it’s not even toys, we tend to stash things in the bedrooms so that they are not littering the house but we can be left with a room full of stuff and not a welcoming retreat. So let’s de-clutter the master bedroom!
1- Make the Bed with clean sheets
The bed is the largest piece of furniture in the room and if the bed is made (or isn’t) it makes the biggest difference. This could have been the last step but let’s make it the first so that we are encouraged to continue with the rest of the bedroom.
2- De-clutter the dresser
Pick up the items on your dresser that don’t belong there. I don’t have a dresser now but I used to and I know that it can be a magnet for trinkets, hair brushes and jewelry. After putting everything away, give the dresser a good clean by wiping it down.
3- De-Clutter the nightstands
My nightstand gets messy pretty fast because I have been reading the same 16 books for the last 2 years. I remember when I would devour books in weeks. Nowadays, by the time the boys are in bed and my chores are done (maybe) I can only read a few pages before drifting off to sleepy land. So I keep buying books and reading them at my new snail pace and once a week I need to organize them into stacks. If you bring water or water bottles to bed or place your jewelry there at the end of the day, clear out any clutter and keep what you need. Clean the nightstand and place the objects that are staying back in place. Don’t forget to add a pretty touch, a faux plant or flowers will brighten up your nightstand.
4- Clear items from the floor that don’t belong in the master bedroom
If there are a few things on the floor that out of place, take them into the room that they belong in. Put away any clothing that you have on a chair or bed. If you have a lot of things to sort through that are currently on the floor, take one zone at a time. Consider separating the items into boxes so that you can separate trash from things that need to go into another room or items to donate. Do not become overwhelmed, you have done so much already! You have all week to pace yourself. You can do this!
5- Vacuum and dust the room
Cleaning is the last step! Yay! Doesn’t your room look great? Now diffuse some lavender and get some rest…you deserve it!
Also in the Organized Home Series:
Week 1 – Organizing the Refrigerator
Week 2 – Organizing Kitchen Cabinets
I love the idea that your home should feel like a hug, what a great analogy. Your bedroom looks so serene and I completely agree that the MB should remain a sanctuary!
My room has become toyland for sure. With my two year old running around it’s tough! I’m probably not yet at the stage where I can keep it out, but I have resorted to having a basket in my room just for her little toys. Every few days, I run the basket back to her toybox to do a dump of her stuff from our room to her own room. I will slowly teach her to keep it out completely, but we aren’t quite there yet. Thanks for all the great tips!
Thank you for your comment and your suggestion about the basket! When they are really little it is almost impossible to keep 100% of the toys out of the room. 🙂
I love this. I agree that the MB should feel like a sanctuary. All too often, it becomes the last place I get to because it’s mine. :p
I’ve been making more of an effort knit lately, though, and the difference in the feeling (as well as the visual) is amazing!
Christine from SoDomesticallyChallenged says
Okay, I know it’s not the point of your post, but I’m obsessed with your window hardware! I love how you have double rods with the sheer curtain! I’m going to copy that!
Great job on the organizing too! Such an inviting space! I love it!
Thank you so much Christine! The hardware is from Pottery Barn and the sheer is from Tar-jay!
the cape on the corner says
this looks like SUCH a retreat! enjoy.