Does your master bedroom feel cluttered? Does your room’s layout prevent an easy flow within the room? If so, then it is time to make a plan so that your master bedroom feels more like a place of calm and less like a maze.
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Create a Plan for Your Master Bedroom
If your master bedroom has a good flow then you can skip this step. However, if it doesn’t let’s see if we can fix that. So, first things first: let’s make a plan for your bedroom. Create a quick sketch of your room preferably on graph paper so that you don’t have to worry about straight lines.
As you draw out your room, take measurements and add them to your sketch. If you find this challenging, don’t worry. This doesn’t have to be perfect. We just want to get a sense of the flow in your room.
Next, mark the locations of windows and doors including any closet doors. Lightly draw in your furniture so that if you make any changes then you can easily erase it. Post-its are better if you have them on hand. They make it easy to move objects around your sketch.
Assessing the Layout
Now, looking at your sketch, see if you can rearrange your furniture pieces so that you can maximize the ease of flow in your room. Determine if there are any pieces of furniture you can do without.
As you can see from my drawing, my room has pretty good flow. However, the space between my bed and dresser is much narrower than I like.
In the coming weeks, I am hoping to get rid of the dresser. Right now, it sits empty since I’ve purged and organized my clothes and closet. I only use its mirror to do my hair and make-up.
So, to replace the dresser as a vanity, I plan on building a small vanity in the upper left corner using the ‘night stand’ cart to hold my make-up and hair products. I’ve already started looking in Pinterest for ‘small vanity’ ideas. Click here to take a look at some cool space-saving vanities.
Assessing and Purging the Contents of Your Furniture
Next, check the contents of your furniture like chests, bureaus, nightstands, and armoires. Are you using them for clothes? Or have they become random stuff collectors? If so, it’s time to purge these pieces and relocate non-clothing items.
Taking one furniture piece at a time, empty out its contents and begin removing items that do not belong. This is also a good time to clean and dust. Next, sort through your clothing and group like items together. If you haven’t done the organizing clothes challenge, click here to apply those methods to help you with this part.
Now, fold your items. This should create even more space within the drawers. If you’d like to apply the Kon-Mari method of folding, click here and check out my Pinterest board for more help.
With all your items grouped, sorted, and folded, consider adding drawer dividers or even shoeboxes to keep your items separated and organized. Click here and check out my Pinterest board on dresser drawer dividing hacks. I use narrow shoeboxes to keep my underwear organized. You can also decorate your boxes to make them prettier.
Consolidate Your Clothing
Hopefully, you have gone through all the pieces of furniture you have (armoires, dressers, nightstands, chests, etc.) and found that you have more space then you thought. If this is the case, can you consolidate your clothing enough to get rid of some furniture? If so, then remove it to create more space in your master bedroom.
Other Places for Storage
Don’t overlook other places for storage such as under the bed and on top of armoires. Remember that I opted for a bench instead of getting a chair. This gave me a place I can store blankets, pillows and throws.Let others know about the 52 week organizing challenge and how they can join by clicking here to tweet!Click To Tweet
The Look of the Room
After doing all the above, let’s take a look at your master bedroom again and focus on the tops of your furniture. These tend to become magnets for random stuff and so it’s time to clear them off to give your room a clean and stylish look.
First, clear the tops of your dresser, chests, and nightstands. Clean and dust the tops. Now, look through the items you removed. My advice is to get rid of knick knacks and other various collections. They tend to make your furniture looked cluttered and only serve to collect dust.
Framed photos are okay to keep but keep them to a minimum. Small decorative trays are also okay as long as they serve a function like holding jewelry. Just remember that the more stuff there is, the more stuff you will have to dust.
Again, the tops of armoires can be used for storage. Find a nice size basket that can hold blankets and/or comforters and place them up there. You can also opt for smaller baskets for smaller items like out-of-season clothing.
Nightstands tend to get cluttered because we like having everything reachable and available once we are in bed. However, consider putting away items when not in use like remotes. Keep only the bare essentials such as a lamp, alarm clock, and one book. (Sorry about the time on the clock. I swear it was not intentional.)
Other Suggestions For Your Room
Are you keeping some sort of table for your TV to sit on? Is it on your dresser or chest? Consider mounting it to either get rid of that table or to make your dresser/chest top look less cluttered. If your budget allows, check out this space saver that puts your TV away when not in use. It makes me want a TV in my room now.
Dressers and Chests
If your closet is big enough, consider putting your dresser or chest in there. You may have to move around some shelving, but it will give you more bedroom space.
I know this seems like a lot but take your time with this challenge. Spend some time on your layout so you can plan a better flow to your room. Then hit those furniture pieces and start purging, organizing, and consolidating. After, give your room a second look and see if you can find more space.
Whatever you do, don’t give up. I am doing this challenge with you and it is going to take me a couple of weeks to get this room exactly as I want. But with a plan in place, I know I will get there. So get started on your room. Make your plan to get you that room you’ve always wanted or as close as you can get it.
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