Declutter your bedroom and
begin to enjoy it as the sanctuary it was meant to be.
More than any other space within a home, bedrooms tend to be neglected, especially master bedrooms. Often times these would-be sanctums are populated with mismatched, hand-me-down furniture and all the clutter that never really found a permanent home in any other room of the house. Furthermore, the master bedroom is frequently forced to juggle multiple roles as a workout space, a home office, and sometimes even a nursery.
While space limitations do tend to dictate a room’s uses, it is possible to have a functional, organized bedroom that meets both your storage needs and your need for relaxation.
In order to successfully declutter your bedroom you’ll need to develop a plan for the space. Think about how you’d like the room to function under ideal circumstances.
Are relaxation, rest, grooming, and intimacy your main intentions for the space? If so, then the focus of the room should be on supporting those activities. Everything in the room should somehow relate to one or more of the room’s functions. Anything that doesn’t relate needs to find a new home.
Next, decide if there are any other functions the room will be required to serve beyond those for which it was intended. Is there no other space in the house for workout equipment or your home office? If that’s the case, don’t despair. Just look for ways to downplay those elements in the room.
How do you deemphasize an unwanted element in your space? Here are a few suggestions:
1. Draw attention away from the undesirable by creating an inviting focal point elsewhere.
In a bedroom, the bed is the most likely candidate for this role. As the largest element in the space, it will naturally draw attention. Make sure it’s deserving of that attention. How?
2. Avoid the urge to use exercise equipment as a clothes rack or catchall.
3. Keep desk clutter to a minimum.
4. Create functional areas within the room.
The next step to achieving the peaceful retreat you long for is to purge. Purging is mandatory whether you’re trying to declutter your bedroom or some other room in the house. The more stuff you can identify that isn’t needed or doesn’t belong, the more space you will free up. The more free space you can free up, the more inviting your room will be.
Gather supplies before you begin. You’ll need an empty box for items you want to donate, another for trash, and a third for items that don’t belong in the bedroom.
Before tackling the closets and casegoods, begin by purging the bed, floor, and all other surfaces in the room.
Throw out any trash you happen upon.
Place items that don’t fit with the room’s functions in the box for misplaced items. When you are through in the bedroom, you can find them a new home elsewhere or return them to their proper place.
Put away anything that is out of place but belongs in the space.
Identify any items you’re ready to part with and place them in the donate box.
Now you’re ready to move on to the furniture. Sort through dressers, nightstands, armoires, media cabinets and so forth. Follow the same guidelines you used to purge the room’s surfaces.
Once the furniture’s been purged, head for the closets and repeat the process all over again.
Many rooms fail to function as they should due to a lack of space planning. Often people don’t know what’s wrong with their room, they just know it isn’t working. For this reason, space planning is a crucial step in the effort to declutter your bedroom.
For best results, sketch a simple diagram (floor plan) of your room. Use graph paper and draw it to scale as best you can. This will require you to measure the room.
Mark doors, windows and closets on your drawing. Then cut out simple geometric shapes to represent the furniture that needs to go in the room. Make these to scale as well and cut them out.
Move the furniture cutouts around within the diagram of the room to see what layout will work best. Avoid placing dressers and armoires too close to the bed or door where it will be difficult to access their contents. Be sure to leave room to maneuver around the bed, 36 inches on all exposed sides is preferable.
Think about what isn’t working as you play with your room design. Look for ways to solve the problem as you experiment with furniture placement. Once you’ve found a design you like you’re ready to do the actual manual labor of moving furniture around within the room.
Bedroom storage should be taken into account when planning your space as well. Now is the time to decide if you have enough storage and if the storage you have meets your needs.
Clutter is chaotic. It causes stress. The last place you want to feel stressed is in your bedroom. Take the time to declutter your bedroom and transform it into the peaceful retreat you deserve.
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