Why is it that the master bedroom so often gets ignored? Possibly because it’s the room that no one sees when they visit your home. Tossing piles of laundry and items without a home into your master bedroom seems like the perfect solution when you are scrambling to get ready for guests, but what happens after they leave? The master bedroom should be a peaceful retreat, not a dumping ground. Wouldn’t you like to cozy up to a good book in the luxury of your own master suite without an overwhelmed feeling from the clutter and chaos that surrounds you? The time is now to reclaim your space and turn the cluttered prison into a sanctuary. Let’s get started!
It is important to clear the floor first for two reasons:
1. You will see an encouraging, dramatic change.
2. You will not have to step on items as you organize. For most, it is usually piles of laundry that takes over the floor; a new baby in the family might be the source of chaos for some families while disorganization is the issue for other households. Whatever the source of disorganization is, start by putting items back in their proper places. If you don’t have a place to put the items that have been living on the floor, there are storage and organization products that will help.
- Garment rack: If you have more clothes than you have closet space, it is probably time to purge items that haven’t been worn in a couple of years or that no longer make you feel good when you put them on. If you have already edited your closet and still have excess clothing due to small closets, you may want to invest in a freestanding garment rack. A rack like the one pictured keeps your floor clear and your clothes wrinkle free. You can find one online or at your local home goods store.
- Dresser for baby: If you have a newborn, your master suite is probably a temporary nursery. While you obviously cannot move the bassinet and the changing station until your little one is ready to sleep on his or her own, you can conceal all the baby-related odd and ends. The dresser shown in the picture is a great temporary solution for storing things like diapers and blankies. After your little one is ready to move into the nursery, the dresser can be used in other rooms of the home such as the bathroom.
With a clear floor, you can move on to organizing the surfaces of dressers and night stands. Go through your belongings and decide if anything is out of place. If so, return it to its proper home. Anything that remains will be creatively organized to reduce the appearance of clutter.
- Baskets and media bins: A few small decorative baskets or media bins can be used to nicely contain items such as lotion and cosmetics. Media bins are wonderful because they come with a durable lid and usually have a label. Baskets are great if you want a more rustic look and do not need a lid or label. Either option is more appealing than having loose items on the dresser tops.
- Valet: As silly as it may sound, this product has been a real lifesaver in my marriage. Before we got a valet, my husband’s nightstand would be cluttered with loose change, watches, and his money clip. I went out and bought him a handsome valet that neatly corralled his personal belongings. It has been so handy because, as he gets ready in the morning, he stops by his valet on the way out the door and has everything he needs in one location.
While the most visual change may happen from organizing your floor and surfaces, the most functional change happens when you declutter your drawers. Edit your drawers for items that you no longer use or want and make sure everything is in its proper place. Sometimes socks wander over to the pajama drawer when we are in a hurry to put away laundry. With the sorting finished, it is time to move to organizing the contents.
- Drawer dividers: Not every drawer needs an organizing product; however, I would suggest using drawer dividers for your delicates and socks. Sort your belongings by function and then use the dividers to keep each category separated from the others. For example, divide your sock drawer into sports socks, dress socks, and work socks. Drawer dividers are some of the most understated organization products. They can save you a lot of time by keep all of your items right where you need them. Find an organizer like the one pictured at a home organization store near you.
Your master bedroom should be a place where you can escape after a long day. Do yourself and your loved ones a favor and make it the ultimate getaway by eliminating the clutter. You will feel better and sleep better in a clear and clean space.
If you’d like to see in person the peaceful retreat I’ve created in my own home, or tour my aster closet, sign up for a six-hour class in my home where we will tour many of the rooms and talk about how you can organize your own home. Click here for more details.
Good luck and happy organizing!
Laura Leist CPO
Organizing with Laura