Our master bedroom is by far the hardest room in the house for me to keep tidy. For some reason, it becomes the place where I dump everything, from laundry to paperwork. This room that is meant to be a place of peace and rest has instead become a place where I am constantly reminded how much is left on my to-do list at the end of the day. Instead of going to bed on time at night, I feel pressured to fold the laundry that is on the bed or sort the papers that are in a box on the floor. That causes me to go to bed much later than I should and wake up still not feeling refreshed.
I have decided, it is time to end this cycle. It is time for this to change. I want my master bedroom to be what it is meant to be, and only I can make that happen. So, this weekend, I have done a few things to start the transformation from chaos to calm in our master bedroom. Here is what I did:
1.) I looked around the room for things I knew shouldn't be in a master bedroom and set those things in their proper locations. If I wasn't sure where I wanted it to go, I just set it outside the door. The things I removed included the box of paperwork, a few of the kids' toys, some teaching supplies, a mound of clean laundry, a bunch of old picture frames and some old computer parts.
2.) Then, I took everything off our bookshelves and my nightstand and item by item asked myself my 3 decluttering questions:
-Do I need it?
-Do I use it?
-Do I love it?
I got rid of a ton of stuff. When I reminded myself that ultimately, I only want things in my home that I need, use or love, it was very easy to say good-bye to items I was hanging on to just because I thought I needed to for whatever reason. These items I was ready to part with were either donated (THAT DAY) or thrown out if I knew no one else would be able to use or enjoy them.
3.) When putting items back on my bookshelves or nightstand, I decided to create some criteria. I only wanted 2-3 categories of items to go back on the shelves. So, I decided that because I love books and use them all the time, my bookshelves would mostly be for books. I would also include a few very important pictures (in frames I love-I got rid of all the ones I didn't love) and a few other mementos from trips or other special times in my life. For my nightstand, I decided to keep only my Bible and devotional (or current Bible study book) as well as my journal (and old ones). I could already feel a sense of relief from decluttering and redesigning these spaces!
4.) Lastly, I looked around the room at the rest of my decor. I love to decorate, but my husband has been really great about encouraging me not to OVER-decorate. I wanted to ONLY keep up things that brought me joy. That meant the giant wreath I had hanging by the tv had to go. I didn't love it; I had just bought it to fill space on the wall. I removed a few other things as well and got them ready to donate.
This took me a few hours to complete but made a HUGE difference! When Blaine returned from his trip to Argentina yesterday, the first thing he said when he walked into our bedroom was, "Wow! I can actually see the floor!" Mission accomplished!
Although I have a bit more to do, I am very satisfied with the way things are. I have created 2 rules that I m planning to follow for the next week in order to keep the transformation from chaos to calm going in our master bedroom.
1.) Don't store ANYTHING on the floor. Nothing. The only thing touching the floor is furniture and feet. (Speaking of furniture... I HIGHLY suggest NEVER putting a chair in your bedroom...you will NEVER sit in it and it will ONLY become a place to dump things! :))
2.) Make my bed every morning. It is amazing how much a made bed can make a room feel tidy (and inviting)!
Who wants to join me in the master bedroom challenge? It's time we take back this important room in our home and give ourselves a place where we can relax and rejuvenate! If you aren't sure where to start, or get stuck along the way, please feel free to contact me! I will be happy to help get you started and help you stay on track!