Making the Master Bedroom

Who doesn’t want their master bedroom to be a sanctuary, a retreat, a place to relax and get a good night’s sleep? When you enter the room, don’t you just want to say, Ahhhh?

Is clutter getting in the way of your Ahhhh?

Many master bedrooms sadly are often treated like anything but a sanctuary. Since guests or other household members typically don’t have any reason to be in that room, it bears the brunt of chaos. Clothes spill out of the closet or dresser and piles accumulate all around the room. Part of the problem with the clothes clutter in the room may be that the closet is not functioning properly. It might feel like there’s no place to put anything, and often it’s because the space is not being utilized to its fullest potential. We’ll get to the closet in another blog post. For now, let’s focus on the other spaces in the room.

To turn your bedroom into your own personal retreat, first envision how you want to use the space. Sure, you need to sleep there, but what about creating a cozy reading nook or space to do yoga or pampering yourself with a spa treatment? If your vision includes any of these comforting activities, you’ll need to make room for them. Remember, you don’t need a large space to make room for something special.

The first course of action is to declutter. Have a bag for trash ready as well as a basket to put things in that belong in other rooms. Begin with the bedside table and remove anything that doesn’t support your personal needs for settling into bed or the first moments upon awakening. While the items on the bedside table should be few, this is a great place to display something that makes you happy. A favorite photo, fresh bouquet of flowers or soothing candle, for instance, will let you create the vibe for the whole room.

Apply the same thought process to other surfaces in the room like the dresser. Here is where you can put your style and personality on display with funky vessels or pretty trays to hold items like perfume or jewelry.

Another clutter-collecting hotspot in the bedroom is the space under the bed. It’s incredible what gathers there. Personally, I am not a fan of storing anything there, as it quickly becomes the land of the forgotten, not to mention the dust that accumulates. However, if space must be maximized, choose a container suitable for that area. You may want to store shoes, off-season clothing or extra blankets in an under-the-bed organizer; this certainly helps to free up space in the closet. There are lots of creative and functional ideas to accommodate your specific storage needs.

This should go without saying, but I’ll say it. Before your final, selected belongings find their places atop the room’s surfaces, clean the room. Take the time to dust the furniture, vacuum or dry mop the floor, and launder the linens. Clean the windows, wipe down the windowsills and baseboards to give your master bedroom a clean, fresh start.