• Lahni Carney

Day 14: Master Bedroom

Welcome back to Organizing Your Entire Home in 20 Days!

You have officially made it to day 14!

For today's organizing, we’re going to focus on your bedroom!

Since we have already tackled the biggest clutter monster in your room (your clothes), today will be a breeze!

This is another great day to have your partner work alongside you to build an organizing system that works best for both of you, making the upkeep of today’s organization much easier going forward.

Every person will be different, but this is where you and your partner need to communicate about how you both feel about the clutter and how you will both put effort towards keeping up your organization!

This will not only make organization maintenance easier, but it will help your relationship with your partner!

The first step to organizing your bedroom is to pull out all of the items in the room and put them into a pile on the floor.

Bring out everything from the drawers, cabinets and off the shelves and start building that pile. This means everything!

As you pull things out, it's efficient to categorize all of the items as you go.

This means grouping together all of the like items.

Make groups of all the books, hobby/extra curricular things, electronics, decorations, souvenirs, memorabilia, sport/workout gear and anything else you have stored away in your room.

The more specific and smaller you can make your groups, the better organized your room will be at the end of today’s process.

For example, if you have a “workout group” of items, then divide everything in it into individual groups of outdoor sports equipment, cardio equipment, and yoga equipment.

Another example would be a “books group,” those can then be further sorted by genre.

The same technique can be used for all of the broad groups you have categorized your items by.

Smaller categories will make your room easier to find things, quicker to put things away after use and overall better to function in.

By making groups of similar items, you will be able to easily see all of the items taking up residence in your bedroom and start thinking about which ones you could do without.

Remember this: you can’t organize clutter, so if you want your bedroom to truly be organized, you’re going to have to let go of some of the items that don’t use and things that don’t have special meaning to you.

This just looks stressful.

In order for this to happen, you have to go through all of the items in your room and make decisions about what you should keep and what you should get rid of, bringing everything out from it's current spot in the room will help with that.

If your bedroom doubles as your office, check back soon for Day 15 when we organize the office and you can apply those same steps to the office equipment in your bedroom.

The next step to organizing your bedroom once you have categorized all of the items is to clean it!

Start by stripping the sheets and pillowcases from your bed, throwing them in the washer and replacing them with a fresh set.

Then, dust off high to reach places and wipe clean any other flat surfaces.

Take a moment and polish any knickknacks or decorations and wipe clean any mirrors or glass surfaces.

Don’t forget to disinfect commonly touched surfaces like light switches and doorknobs! After that, sweep/vacuum the floor.