Creating a Life Free From Chaos

Calming the Master Bedroom: 8 Weeks at Home Series

Welcome to week 4 of the 8 Weeks at Home Series! We’re spending eight weeks decluttering, simplifying and cleaning up room by room in preparation for summer. So far, we’ve decluttered and cleaned the bathroom, the living room and the kitchen. This week, we’re working on the place where you go to relax and recharge after a long day — the master bedroom. Our bedrooms can be one of the mos t cluttered rooms in the home for one simple reason: when you’re trying to quick clean for guest, you’re probably tempted to just toss all the clutter from the main rooms into your bedroom, where no one but you will see it. I’m going to give you five quick tips for decluttering the bedroom, and then I’ve got a video I did with eHow to share with you.

In this series, I’ll do two posts per week for each room. In the first post, we’ll talk about decluttering and simplifying. In the second post, we’ll clean it all up and get it looking nice and shiny. While you’re working in each space, keep some paper and a pen handy and make note of any repairs that need to be made, any supplies that need to be restocked, or any decorating changes you’d like to make. As you decide to get rid of stuff, remove it from the space right away and get it out of the house ASAP so that it doesn’t worm its way back into the space. Take out bags of trash and recycling daily so they don’t pile up in your workspace.

5 Tips for a Clutter-Free Bedroom

  1. Remove items that don’t belong in the bedroom. Your kids’ toys, work-related projects, dirty dishes and the like don’t belong in your bedroom. I’m guilty of this one too as I often toss clutter in baskets while I’m cleaning other rooms, and then just leave it piled in my bedroom where guests won’t see it. However, the bedroom is one of the most important rooms to keep clutter-free, because it’s difficult to rest well when you’re surrounded by chaos. If it doesn’t specifically relate to relaxing or romance, it’s got to go.
  2. Control the clothing. Laundry is by far the most common type of clutter in the bedroom, but thankfully, it’s also one of the easiest to take care of. Keep a laundry basket handy for dirty clothes and make sure they end up in it. Put away clean clothes promptly. If there isn’t enough room in your closet or drawers for the clean clothes, it’s time to do a clothing purge.
  3. Make your bed. An unmade bed looks messy and contributes to the cluttered, chaotic feeling in a bedroom. Making your bed as soon as you get up gives the room a finished look and tells your body it’s time to shake off the sleepies and get going.
  4. Keep your dresser and other flat surfaces clear. Store items in drawers, decorative boxes or baskets to keep horizontal surfaces free of clutter.
  5. Remove any furniture that contributes to the cluttered feeling. Unused exercise equipment is a biggie here — that’s not the place to hang your clothes. If you’re not using it, get rid of it. Same goes for chaise lounges, chairs, benches or storage chests that can be magnets for junk.

And now, a little video I did for eHow with simple tips for organizing your bedroom. Next time, we’ll give the bedroom a good spring cleaning.

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