Organizing Master Bedroom

This week’s challenge is all about Organizing Master Bedroom, and getting the room functioning as an inviting place to take refuge from the world.

Organizing Master Bedroom

Specifically, this week we’re focusing on the master bedroom, since in the future we’ll work on organizing the kids’ bedrooms.

Along with organizing the stuff in your bedroom we’ll also continue the third week of organizing our clothing, since many people keep clothes not only in their closets but in their bedrooms as well, such as in dressers, shelves or drawers.

When you finish this week’s tasks, if you’ve been following along you should feel like your clothing is now more organized and under control.

Are you new here? The Master Bedroom Organization Challenge is part of the 52 Week Home Organization Challenge. (Click the link to learn how to join us for free for future and past challenges if you aren’t already a regular reader).

Step 1: Determine The Functions Of The Room

The first step in the Master Bedroom Organization Challenge is to decide on the functions of your bedroom.

This one may seem rather obvious, sleeping, of course. Well, that is definitely true, and you should make your bedroom a space to rest and relax as its primary function, because sleep is good! You need sleep to function properly.

However, many of us don’t have space or inclination to only have our bedrooms be used as a place to sleep, but instead we do additional activities in the room, or use it for other functions as well.

Some of these may include, for example:

  • Storing additional clothes that you don’t have in your master closet
  • Relaxing, watching TV, reading, listening to music, etc.
  • Work area, such as use as a home office
  • Applying makeup and/or getting dressed

Only you can decide what the functions of this room will be for you, but make sure they don’t conflict with the primary function of resting and sleeping.

For example, some of the other activities listed above could potentially cause a conflict with your ability to rest in the room, such as if you stay up too late watching TV in bed, or working on your laptop.

When you organize your bedroom try to make sure considerations of your health and physical pampering play a big role in how you get the room in shape.

Step 2: Declutter Your Master Bedroom

The second step in the Master Bedroom Organization Challenge is to declutter the room of all things that don’t belong in your house, in general, or in the room, in particular.

I have found that when you have a clear purpose in mind of how you want the room to function this task is easier, at least in determining what doesn’t belong in the room itself.

Use the criteria I shared in the Organize Master Bedroom Closet Challenge to decide which clothing items need to be decluttered.

Step 3: Create Zones For Each Room Function

Once you’ve gotten rid of excess clutter in your bedroom, the next step in the Bedroom Organization Challenge is to create an activity zone for each of the room’s functions.

This is where you’ll really think through the equipment and supplies you need for each activity you do in this room, and get everything organized so it is all easily accessible, and in a convenient location.

drawer dividers
Drawer dividers, such as these from Oxo help keep items in your dresser drawers organized
Here’s an example of what I’m talking about, to give you an idea of the thought process for each zone you’ll create for the functions you identified for your room.

If you get dressed in your bedroom each day, it can be helpful to have a hook where you can hang your pajamas and robe each morning, so they can be used again that evening That way they don’t just get thrown on the floor or the bed each morning.

Further, you may want to think of a place to put a full length mirror where you can evaluate your chosen outfit, and make sure all is well with what you’ve put on before walking out the door.

Similarly, for your “sleeping” zone make sure you’ve got a cleared off bed, dark curtains at the windows to block out light, and anything else you need for a good nights sleep.

Thinking through each step of your typical routine for each activity or zone will quickly help you identify what needs to be done to make the space function optimally for such activity.

Reminders Of Bedroom Zones You May Want To Create Or Tame

Along with creating zones for all your activities, here are some hotspot tasks that often need to be dealt with in this room:

  • Make sure you have a laundry basket, or something similar in the room to gather up dirty clothes
  • Clear out the junk underneath your bed
  • Clear off your bedside table or nightstand, only storing a few current books or magazines, as well as personal care products, there
  • Clear the items off the flat spaces in your bedroom, such as on top of the dresser, etc. so they are clear or only have one or two decorative items on them

Step 4: Consider These Bedroom Storage Solutions

underbed storage container
If you store things under your bed use under bed storage containers to keep things dust bunny free

As you work through the Master Bedroom Organization Challenge, keep these suggestions for storage solutions in mind, to see if any of them might work for you.

  • Bedroom furniture, such as dressers, bed side tables, etc., are actually great places to store items within this room
  • Under bed storage (such as shown to the right), for little used items, or seasonal clothing
  • Drawer dividers to keep items neat and tidy within these spaces

Tell Me How The Master Bedroom Organization Challenge Is Going For You

I would love to know how this week’s Master Bedroom Organization Challenge is going. You can tell me your progress or give me more ideas for how you’ve organized this area of your home in the comments below.

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